Touch of Power is similar to Maria's other books.
I find them entertaining, but the "heroine"s are a little too insecure and one dimensional in my opinion. I keep reading her books though because I love Maria's take on magic and the world's she creates.
I think she should just spend a little more time developing her characters a little more and make them less predictable, otherwise I feel like I'm reading a teen novel.
PJV Quickie: I highly enjoyed TOUCH OF POWER from Maria V. Snyder, but what else can be expected with this author. Synder has a way of building tension, creating characters and painting a picture with every sentence.
Review: Avry of Kazan is a healer, by placing her hands on an injured or sick person she assumes their sickness, and her own advancing healing system heals her. It was once a respected profession, until the plague. Now, because of the devastation of the plague assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Avry is left to live a half-life, where she has to hide what she is and watch as people die around her. Unable to watch the young die from something that she could save, Avry gives in and the parents of a girl she saves turns her in. Healers are hated and feared. The regent of the territory has also put a big reward on a healer’s capture. But, before she can be killed she is “saved” by a group of men, who insist that she has to save their “friend.”
TOUCH OF POWER was a fun and fantastical listen. The narrator Gabra Zackman was very talented and unobtrusive. The book was classic Synder. Both Avry and Kerrick were characters that will resonate with me for a long time to come. The most poignant point of the novel is the transition of Avry, she is a great character. She goes from scared but still courageous to empowered and willing to take on the world for her new friends.
Then there was the world-building, a fantasy mixed with a dystopian, it was great. Plague destroyed world with rogues and magic. I was also a big fan of the relationship dynamic between the characters and the mystery surrounding the mission of the rogues and Avry. Everything was laid out perfectly. From Avry’s point-of-view the information was revealed as she discovered it and any withholding made sense and was expected.
How can I describe this perfectly? The story just unfolds as you read it. It lays before you, every little piece something to be appreciated. Kerrick the secondary character is the puzzle that is most intriguing and his character’s transition within the eyes of Avry is the reason I read books. I read to experience characters like this. But, don’t take my word for it. This is a highly recommended book and I urge you to experience it for yourself.
But, I know what you are thinking. Why only 4.5 stars PJ? Where did the but…come in? And quite frankly, it is because I read POISON STUDY. One of my all time favorite books. And in fact, I read POISON STUDY right before listening to TOUCH OF POWER. It is one of my favorite books to re-read and I wanted to experience it on audiobook, so I downloaded both POISON STUDY and TOUCH OF POWER. Because of this, I noticed similarities between the characters of Avry and Kerrick and Valek and Yelena. Mostly in the transition of the characters. While the similarities were annoying it did not distract from the overall story.
Recommendations: Recommended for Young Adult fantasy and lighter fantasy fans. Fans of POISON STUDY should really enjoy. This is a more mature young adult so it is recommended for older teens and in fact I would think of this more of an adult novel then young adult. I highly recommend to my readers that you pick up a Maria V. Snyder book if you haven’t already – they are truly an experience.
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The narrator was the primary disappointment but the story wasn't that spectacular either.
I think I'm going to avoid Maria V. Snyder, unless her writing skills improve drastically.
Gabra Zackman, the narrator, is awful. She does not sound like a 20 year old and her voice is more masculine than feminine. Most of the narration was either unemotional or monotonous. It annoyed me that the narrator ended sentences by slightly raising her voice and making the story sound like a string of questions. For me, the narrator diminished what little power the story had...she made the story sound like baby-talk.
I thought I was listening to a children's book. First the narrator and then the story. The people, places, descriptions (actually lack of) are superficial, dull and barely interesting. The underdeveloped characters are simple, flat and not very memorable. On one hand Avry is introduced to us as one who is condemned to death because in her world such healers have been accused of spreading the plague. Avry heals people and actually welcomes other people's pain and injuries; but on the other hand, a deadly illness is just as deadly for her too. So here's the question. What's the real benefit of being a healer if Avry can only heal minor/healable illnesses...because these people could heal on their own and probably would anyways!?!Then there's Avry's love interest, Kerrick, who is a total jerk. He backhands, starves and exposes our heroine to the elements in the hope that some cold weather and shivering will break her will...really!?! (rolling my eyes). I do admit it...I am so sorry I purchased this audiobook.
I have not read the print version, but I've always enjoyed Maria Snyder's story. The print version let's me create the images. The voice version help cement those images using the voices provided by Gabra.
I really liked the character and how strong she is.
I kept trying to find things to do or places to go so I could keep listening!
For me this book was great from the begining. Sometimes in other books the story lags in the begining this didn't have that. I related to the main charecter right away. Since reading this book I have read everything this author has written:)
the only con is that it end and you still want more...
While I liked Maria V. Snyder's Study and Glass series more, I still would read this one again. The characters are just as well written and the story line follows a similar pattern but is different enough to be its own. I was thinking this was a follow-up of the Study and Glass series, but there is not any crossover of characters which was my only disappointment. Plus this book has the same great narrator Gabra Zackman as the first Study series. She really does a good job. Can’t wait for the next book!
I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. It was an amazing blend of drama, action, mystery, and great characters.
I had a little trouble getting a grasp on the people and culture, so I think the world building could have been a little better. I also had to wonder at Avry's psychology. I think I'd be a little apprehensive at taking on someone else's injuries and suffering not only the physical pain, but she's also left with the scars. She just jumped right into it with not much thought. I did like that she tried to use herbs and medicines when she could in place of using her healing powers.
I also got frustrated at her when she and her friends would be fighting with very bad men and she's worried about not killing the men. Unless you're a pacifist, I tend to think that in a fight for your life you don't worry about not killing the person who's trying to kill you.
These are minor quibbles in an otherwise excellent book! The narrator did a great job!
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Very good, exactly what I expected from Maria V. Snyder. Garbra Zackman does a wonderful job narrating. Can't wait for the next one.
This one of the best books that I've listened to in a long time. Snyder is very talented at balancing action, mystery, fantasy, and romance. The only complaint that I have about this book is that I'll have to wait way too long for the sequel to be published.
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I have listened to all of Ms Snyder story -- they were all great. this one did not disappoint
I loved the world and the story-- looking forward to the rest of books