- Series: The Healer Series (Book 3)
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (December 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778315851
- ISBN-13: 978-0778315858
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $6.62 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Taste of Darkness (The Healer Series) Paperback – December 31, 2013
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
"Touch of Power is a spellbinding romantic adventure that will leave readers salivating for the next book in the series."<Br><Br>-USATODAY.com's Happy Ever After blog
"Snyder entertains readers with an intriguing storyline filled with fully formed characters paired with action, adventure and romance, all in equal doses." -RT Book Reviews on Scent of Magic
About the Author
Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
As I kept reading this, I just kept thinking what an incredibly selfish person Avery was. She just kept running off to do her own thing and getting angry at the one person trying to save the realms who wasn't a complete psychopath, because he had the "bigger picture" in mind when he was dealing with her. Sorry Avery, you're not the center of the universe, and everything can't go your way. Literally, the entire book was spent with her just being like "well, I don't feel like doing that, so I'm going to leave even though people need me". Not cool.
Word Choice: Leered
Snyder kept using this to describe the interactions of hero and heroine. When I think of the word "leered" I think of unsavory characters and unsavory looks. Looks that are unwelcome, disgusting, and unnerving. But she kept using this over and over again to describe how they looked at each other. No. Just no. Poor word choice.
The story picks up with Avry and Kerrick still in battle against evil in several forms, but mostly against Tohon. It doesn't take long for the pair to become separated again, however, and that's a problem in more than one way. Avry has to decide how she can best serve the battle and that means continuing on after she's searched for Kerrick; Kerrick, meanwhile, has the forest to thank for his healing but it's got a very large condition...he can no longer leave without severe consequences. By the time the two meet up again, there's been a shift in who is the most evil with the Skeleton King pretty much taking the crown for that dubious title. There's more travel, a friend or two is found, and there is torture and illness. It's not really a lot of fun, but it makes sense as far as the storyline goes.
I found the bits with the well-documented torture to be the hardest to read and almost stomach-turning at times. That's not a huge deal, however, because there is indeed a war going on. I suppose my biggest issue is with the ending, so read no further if you want to avoid spoilerage.
I just felt that too much was left hanging. Sure, the main two bad guys were taken down, but what about Cellina? Is she going to remain a threat or will she fade off into the sunset as was implied? I also didn't like not seeing the resolution to Kerrick's situation, even if Avry did explain it. I also felt deprived of the actual scene where Avry emerges from the Lily. In truth, most of the ending felt rushed and not well-tied up. Maybe there's another book coming? It's really hard to tell, though it *seemed* as though it was the final in the trilogy.
But there's still a lot to love, including the monkeys, the relationships, and the fighting. I simply love saying "Thank the Flea!" now, and overall, I suppose I'm satisfied. I'd actually give this one a 3.5, but my enjoyment of the series rounds it up to 4.