This review is from: Touch of Power (Healer) (Paperback)
I was hesitant to start this book, regardless of how interesting it sounded and all the 5 star reviews. I extremely enjoyed Poison Study, but felt the quality slid as the series progressed. I didn't read the Glass Series as Opal wasn't an interesting character to me and I hate love triangles. Last night, I thought to myself I'd give this story a try. That was a BIG mistake as I couldn't stop reading. No really! I couldn't stop. Everything was so engaging, wholly engrossing, and flowed seamlessly as the story progressed that I couldn't find a "pause" in the story to stop. I finally put it down at 2:30 in the morning only because my eyes were bleary and tired and I knew I had to get up at 7:30 for work. But I still couldn't sleep because my mind was still caught up in the story!
Avry of Kazan is a healer, the LAST healer. She is hunted and despised for her gift even by those she heals. Healers are accused of spreading the plague that decimated millions, leaving the survivors in complete chaos with no clear leadership or laws. Tired of running and hiding for three years, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who actually value her gift and want her to heal a plague-stricken prince--the very man who led the campaign against her people making him responsible for the decimation of all the healers! The leader of the band of rogues, Kerrick, won't take no for an answer. Avry learns more about the politics involved while she is chased by mercenaries, magical dangers, and more. Now she needs to decide what side she will choose and if it's worth dying for, because one thing is certain--healing the plague is a death sentence for her. The plague cannot be cured. And every time Avry heals someone, she assumes their injuries.
This story was captivating! It opens with Avry healing a baby but being clamped in irons for her charity. She is quickly rescued by Kerrick and his band, and Kerrick is one cold bastard. I loved the banter between Avry and her new band of friends. Avry was stubborn but not overly stupid about it; smart but not all knowing; capable but not all powerful; and compassionate without being blinded to the cruelties of man. That is a hard thing to pull off, but Ms. Snyder did an excellent job.
If you liked Poison Study or Graceling, I think you will like this one as well. We have a strong heroine, a band of merry friends, a surely male, intrigue, magic, and more.
I really can't wait until the next story comes out: I'm just so glad that there will be more.