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Touch of Power (Healer) Paperback – December 27, 2011
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Avery has been on the run for years. The once revered healers of The Fifteen Realms have been slaughtered to near extinction. One mistake and Avery will surely join her fallen brethren. But that one mistake will fling her into the political underbelly of warring realms each posturing for power. And Avery's particular talents have become a much desired asset to the various factions. But only Avery has the right to decide who's worth saving, and her choices could determine the future of the realms.
Fans of Maria Snyder's Study Series and it's spin off spawn of Glass books will be extremely happy about her return to fantasy with Touch of Power. The first in what I hope will be a long series, runs along the same lines as the author's Study trilogy with it's similar tone, magical abilities, and world building. There were lots of wonderful personalities, set in an interesting world, and an amazing romance within an attention consuming plot.
Touch of Power is quite possibly my favorite MVS book yet. And I'm pretty much a slave to her words already. So look out fellow fangirls and boys because this one has a touch of enthrallment about it, compelling you to keep reading until the very end and even then it's just not enough. This is stalker worthy writing that will have you constantly checking for future releases.
1. This author doesn't know how to world build. 95% of the book is spent wandering wilderness. The other 5% consists of 3 towns, 1 soldier camp, and a castle. Nothing else. You would think since one of the characters has a special connection with nature that the 95% in wilderness would contain better descriptions of it. There is no imagery. Additionally, a lot of the plot revolves around competing nations... Yet these nations do not have distinct cultures, except that one of them is more religious. They are very generic fantasy realms with nothing memorable about them.
2. The dialogue is BAD. There were so many times when a character would say something where I would stop and be confused -- Am I reading about a fantasy world where the characters are in dire situations, or am I now reading about a group of 15 year olds still in high school? Idioms from today seems to slip in which made it very confusing in a pseudo historical setting. (I can't remember exactly but it was things like 'You're kidding me! No way! That sucks!')
3. The prince and princess high school? Really? It's like she wanted to add in Hogwarts as a back story 4/5 the way through the novel. Weird.
4. The relationships weren't very believable, particularly between family members. I found the whole sub plot about the main character and her sister to be very strange and out of place.
These were the main things, but I feel like there were others... The idea of the story (the healers and the stuff about the lilies and the plague) I thought were very interesting, but the writing style just wasn't refined enough. Needs some serious editing. It was still an entertaining read... Yet I have no interest in reading the sequel, even though it was a cliffhanger.
The mother of the saved little girl catches on to what happened and helps to turn Avry in. Avry has been running for years, always having to leave town when she slips and saves someone (usually a child). Parents of these children are never as grateful as they should be. But more than the town's government (which will be rewarded in gold for the capture of a healer), others take notice of Avry's arrest. And soon everything is reversed. Avry turns from running away, hoping no one will notice her abilities, to running away from people who want to use her for her abilities.
She might be the last healer alive, and all the major kingdoms are soon to be at war for dominance of the post-plague world. They could all use Avry's help. She's resuced from her prison cell by a group of men (she soon starts to call monkeys), who want her to heal someone for them. She agrees, but soon learns they want her to heal a royal who has the plague. She doesn't say what that healing will do to her, but refuses to heal the royal because of his involvement in the destruction of all healers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As much I wanted to love this series it just didn't happen...finally stopped reading 70T% of the way through book 2.. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Terra
Vocab paints a vivid picture in the minds eye. Paragraphs sequenced well and flow smoothly. Main character grapples with issues facing many in an unconventionally awesome way. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Gail
I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure, magic, and none of the teen drama of "does he like or not. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jessica Anne Bolwing
2.5. Not much to say here. I am not sure if my feelings are somewhat influenced by the fact that I stopped and read The Rose and the Dagger in between this book, making this one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MS
This is a 3 part fantasy epic that you will not be able to put down. The realms are peppered with sentient day lily's that are capable of swallowing a man. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was amazing! I would have given it five stars, but didn't for two reasons:
1) The way Belen and Avry interacted with each other made me... Read more
This was a fun, fairly light read for me. I liked the storyline very much but would have enjoyed it more had it been a deeper read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue Padgett
I loved this book, but will not be reading the sequel. Snyder is following the same pattern she did in her Poison series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Merest