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Touch of Power | [Maria V. Snyder]

Touch of Power

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.
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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….

©2012 Maria V. Snyder (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Ninjachinchin 09-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Books make the world a better place

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    "STORY HAS NO DEBTH...NARRATOR LACKS EMOTION!"
    What disappointed you about Touch of Power?

    The narrator was the primary disappointment but the story wasn't that spectacular either.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maria V. Snyder again?

    I think I'm going to avoid Maria V. Snyder, unless her writing skills improve drastically.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Miki San Jose, CA, United States 07-01-13
    Miki San Jose, CA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great story"

    I loved the story.
    It was exciting from the begining and never got bored.
    Happy that there is already the second book to this series.

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    Sherri Anchorage, AK, United States 04-18-13
    Sherri Anchorage, AK, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great new Series!!!! Can't wait for the next book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES and YES, great listen. Great Story! I want more.


    What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

    She does a great job as always. She has a great voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The next magically Love story.


    Any additional comments?

    I want the next book in the series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-10-13
    Amazon Customer ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read"

    I loved the world that was created with this book. Good sexual tension but not much sex. Kind of nice to have a slow build in the book. Overall good book.

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    Delores Fritch, TX, United States 02-13-13
    Delores Fritch, TX, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very pleasantly surprised, Loved It"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although I had to go to bed, I got up early the next morning to begin listening again..


    Any additional comments?

    I have found a new genre,

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    Amazon Customer Lakeside, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Amazon Customer Lakeside, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Held my attention from the first was hard to put down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line.


    What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

    Love the accent she used.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KK Washington, DC 02-11-13
    KK Washington, DC 02-11-13

    KK

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    "Really Enjoyed it!"

    I don't know if I liked it as much as I like Poison Study, but I seriously could not put this book down. There were points that got a little convoluted but I was so swept up in the rest of it that I didn't let it bother me much. Just when I thought it was going to end and be wrapped up with a neat little bow, the book would take you on another twist and it constantly kept me wondering how the hell is Avery going to get out of this or that fix. Definitely picking up the next book ASAP.

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    Karen M. Arlington, VA 02-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Touch of Power"

    This is the first in a really great trilogy. The narrator did a great job, and the story kept a really good pace. The plot is about a struggle between powerful people (and former schoolmates) for leadership and rule of a land. The main character, who has been personally effected by decisions made by those powerful people, has the difficult task of understanding why good people do bad things as she tries to "pick sides". The twists and turns make it hard to put down. There is nothing predictable about this story line.

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    Kristy United States 01-25-13
    Kristy United States 01-25-13
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    "New Ideas and great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would because many of my friends like books along these types of story lines and it's a little different than the others we have read. I love the time period too!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Honestly picking a favorite is hard. They all have pasts that are revealed through out the story little by little that keep them all leaving ou wanting to know more!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite is when the lead female character connects with the death lilly, there is a lot of info and questions from that one scene that sticks with you through the rest of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Humans and Nature Meet as Equals!


    Any additional comments?

    Gabra Zackman does a decent job with the voices. There are a lot of male voices to portray and she does her best to give each one a unique quality. The emotion given during the read is o.k. not the best but not the worst by any means. The great story line kept me hooked no matter the narration anyway!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-02-13
    Michelle 01-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "If you like Maria Snyder"

    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.

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