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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

 Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes 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 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—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..

This book crossed my radar after I accidentally came across it's sequel on netgalley. And while Scent of Magic is fine as a stand alone book I found myself wondering how it all began and how the friendships and relationships started.

So I made my way over to Amazon and purchased the book so I can start from the beginning without trying to piece together the holes on my own.

I was transported into a world full of magic and intrigue and the aftermath of a plague that wiped out many of their worlds population. With a war brewing and two sides fighting for the control of the population, with Healer's considered the founders of the plague, I was immediately hooked as a hidden healer decided to help a child on the brink of death.

The twist on healer's powers was that they took the sickness or injury into themselves and with their rapid healing they were able to either survive or perish to the disease if they could not heal it in time. 

So as Avry is waiting in prison for her execution she is taken by a group of men on their own journey to save a prince thought to be dead, having perished along with countless others to the plague.

I loved the twist and the friendships that were created in the book, it was fun getting to be there for the inside jokes and moments that will transcend into the second book.

 There is a certain standard that I expect when I start reading a Maria V. Snyder book, and I was not disappointed with the magical creation she shared with all of us.

4 Raven's out of 5.

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