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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Humans and Nature Meet as Equals!
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!
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.
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've listened to this book more times than I can count! The characters are real and relate-able and the story line is intriguing!
I love the main characters struggle for truth of who she is and self perservation
Definitely the death lilies!
YES! I did!
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!
I received an email from Audible. I mean who hasn???t gotten an email from them ???helping??? us to find books to spend our credits on? So it suggested some good romance books for me???cause that???s my area of interest. Like a stupid, blind, propaganda-following-fool, I put this book in my Wish List. The reviewers were raving about it and so, not having ever read this author, and wanting something new???I took the plunge???apparently into a toilet bowl of lies, melodramatic plant infested storylines and absolutely NO ROMANCE whatsoever. About three fourths of the way into the boring listening experience I wondered if there would ever be anything even remotely resembling a romantic scene. So I went to my local bookstore and found a copy of this book. Here it is people: There are 390 pages and the first kiss between the main characters starts at page 369. It???s so un-noteworthy that the ???sex??? scene is a whole three sentences long. I???m not into porn on earphones, but could I get a little bit more finesse in there that could possibly mollify me after hours of listening to the main characters being caught and released so many times I felt like I was listening to a fishing show? No. Absolutely damn not. Such a waste of a credit it makes me wanna hurl. All of you who gave this a good review need to go and get a clue. Audible needs to yank this thing out of Romance and put it where it belongs: In the sincerely-boring Fantasy section. I should have just listened to the radio. It???s free.
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