Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: Touch of Power

Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: YA Fantasy

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, 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—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. Because the price of peace may well be her life... --Goodreads

Pardon my following sentence if you don’t like my language:

Where the hell have I been to just getting around to reading Maria V. Snyder’s work?

Have I been under a rock? Seriously, I think so!

Welcome to 2012 for me! Touch of Power was so absolutely astounding, I still can’t stop thinking about it. This was a fantastic start to the year for me truly and I want to slap myself for just getting around to reading Snyder’s work. I must go out and buy more books… Like. Right. Now.

Lilies are my favorite flower, by the way, but in the world of Touch of Power, Snyder immediately takes this gorgeous flower and turns them into something to be feared. There’s no “Honey, I brought home some lilies from the garden today” in this one. If you come across them in this world, well, you just better back off! And that is what Snyder floored me most about this book-- the unique and imaginative detail, and the emotion.

It was a powerhouse of emotion and rich detail. I was wrapped into the world and characters. I cried (I cried a lot to be more accurate). I laughed. I wanted to hug Poppa Bear! It was magical and compelling and so utterly beautiful, I just didn’t want it to end.

Avry is one of my new favorite heroines now.

Unique and brilliant--I’m begging for more, please!

5 stars!




  1. Great review. I loved this book to, it was very good, you should definitely read her Study series, that is also fantastic!


  2. I want to read this one hopefully soon eehh! Great review!


  3. I loved this book too!! I'm a huge Maria V. Snyder fan, her Study Series is one of my favorites!! I can't wait for book 2 of this series, it can't come soon enough!

  4. It sounds like my kind of book. I'll have to check it out :)

  5. I've heard nothing but applause for this one. Huh...great review!

  6. Thanks everyone for the comments!
    For those who haven't read, it comes highly recommended and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did if you read it. :D

    I also definitely plan to check out her Study series series, too. I can't wait to pick up more of her books. :)



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