BOOK: Touch of Power
AUTHOR: Maria V. Snyder
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★ (3/5)
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.
As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for.
This is the first novel I’ve read by Maria V. Snyder, and it wasn’t a bad read at that. I liked that the book was narrated by Avry, our protagonist who is a healer in the fifteen realms. It was a refreshing point of view from the books I’ve been reading lately. Avry assumes the wounds of the sick and wounded to heal them. However, in a time where healers are believed to be responsible for the current plague that they are unable to cure, Avry is among the hunted healers to be put to the death.
I really appreciated this take on a healer. Having read a lot of fantasy, this was a fresh take on the process. Avry’s journey was an exciting one, her characters amiable. Her love interest was a little cliche for my tastes, but I was also sort of rooting for Belen the whole time. The writing style of the era was really relevant which I find has been a bit of an issue with some of my reads lately, so I appreciated the accuracy.
All in all, I found this to be a pleasant read and I’m looking forward to see how Avry’s character grows in the next book.