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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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    Sharon Tulsa, OK, United States 05-19-12
    Sharon Tulsa, OK, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2005

    Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.

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    "Really, Really Good!"

    I am a big fan of her other books and I really enjoyed this one. The writing is good, the story is good, the characters are well developed. This is similar to her Glass and Study books, a touch of romance, mixed with fantasy and a bit of paranormal. (I'll read from that shelve all day) The story starts strong and does not let go. I was up half the night listening and waiting for a good stopping place. I totally recommend this one... the only bad thing is going to be the wait for the next book in the series, but I will not mind re listening to this one when book two comes out. Enjoy...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Clairton, PA, United States 01-24-12
    Michelle Clairton, PA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Winner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of my favorite authors is back with yet what looks to be another excellent triology. I can't wait for the next book in this new series! And, as always, Gabra Zackman is wonderful in her narration! This is truly a 5-star winner!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa KALISPELL, MT, United States 02-22-13
    Vanessa KALISPELL, MT, United States 02-22-13

    i like books enough said

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    "Not a Romance book"

    I got this during a bogo romance special it was under supernatural romance. it started out good and I enjoyed the fantasy post apocalyptic story line but its not a romance. there's a little romantic tension throughout the book and a few kiss and romance in the last 16 minutes but other then that this was more a fantasy novel. the reader was a little monotone but I could be me (I don't like female readers) . the story could use a second book (lot of loose ends) but I did like the book overall.

    so if you want to read a fun fantasy book I suggest it if you won't a romance book look else where.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Anaheim, CA, United States 03-23-12
    Amanda Anaheim, CA, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Finding I love this author!"

    Another winner!

    During the study series, it took me a bit to get used to Gabra Zackman as the narrator, but by the third book, I really started to appreciate her talent. In Touch of Power, she is AMAZING. There are so many subtleties to her voice to really draw the proper emotion. She is also great at consistent accents and tones for the different characters.

    Maria V. Snyder did a great job with this story. Like one of the previous comments mentioned, there was a point in the story where I got a little impatient and thought, "okay, let's get on with it", but that only lasted for a moment and I was dragged right back in to the adventure. This story was meant to span a great amount of time, and she did a great job of relaying that long distance and passing of time without boring me. And the character development was definitely thorough, and appreciated.

    When I first read the summary of this book (girl with the power to heal by drawing in others' sickness into her body), I was a bit hesitant and reluctant to download it, because I was worried the main character, Avery, was just going to be a wannabe Yelena from the study series. Not at all, as I discovered. Avery is an entirely different character, and holds her own. Despite what seemed like would be too much of a similarity, Avery's powers are unique and the story in Touch of Power is very original.

    I definitely recommend this as a read. Now to wait for Book 2...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Woltermann Union, KY United States 01-20-12
    Phyllis Woltermann Union, KY United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I'm now a fantasy fan."

    Wanting to broaden my scope by listening to something in the fantasy genre, I listened to Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study narrated by Gabra Zackman. I was HOOKED! The sequels were equally as delightful and I was missing them dearly when I finished. When Touch of Power was available, I immediately downloaded it and listened and was not disappointed. The story line is interesting and I found myself taking longer walks so I would not have to turn it off. The only bad thing is when they end. More please.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-10-12
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-10-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Not worth it if you've read Poison Study"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Nope, because the main themes and even major parts of the story seemed to be repeats of "Poison Study": heroine about to be put to death, love-hate relationship between the two main characters, there was even another hide-and-seek game in the forest... all of which I enjoyed the first time I listened to Poison Study.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Gabra Zackman and she's pretty much the only reason I was able to finish listening to this book. If it was anyone else I would have given up about halfway through.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because I loved, loved, LOVED "Poison Study" and thought this book would be as entertaining as that series. It's not as good - the story isn't as fleshed out, and frankly Avry was a little dense and her love interest wasn't that much better. All in all it’s a pretty meh read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 04-21-12
    Karen CA, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Like Fantasy? You will love this author!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well edited with lots of great dialogue between all the characters! Author tells a good story in a fantasy format


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lorin...had a good sense of humor and whit


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This story used Ms Zackman's voice gifts so very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, last chapter had me in tears


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to sequel read by Ms Zackman

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis United States 08-21-13
    Alexis United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Fun fantasy!"

    I need to read more from Maria V. Snyder! She just tells good, easy-to-read stories.

    This was great! I kept trying to squeeze in a few extra minutes before putting my earphones down. This has action, adventure, the barest touch of romance and some interesting world-building. I don’t know if it’s the author or the combination of the author and narrator or what, but the storyline maintains excitement without making you feel too anxious even during the more desperate moments. That’s what I mean by easy to listen to!

    The setting is fantasy with a slight post-apocalyptic edge. (And yes, it is fantasy. The writing is feminine, but this isn’t a romance novel so be warned if that’s your preference! Every now and again this gets misclassified.) Avery’s constantly on the run for her life but there are people out there who know who she is, and now a new group (or two, or three!) has plans for her that may have far-reaching political implications. Needless to say, that's just the beginning and then things get complicated. Somehow I was a bit worried that a story about someone whose magic involved being sick or injured would be a bit of a downer, but it wasn’t at all. The male lead did slightly remind me of the male lead from Snyder’s Poison Study series, but fear not, this is very much its own storyline.

    Overall, fun story with a few unexpected twists, engaging characters, and nice narration. I’ve already bought the next in the series and give this two thumbs up. Strongly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gysel Greenville, SC, United States 06-04-13
    Gysel Greenville, SC, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Change of pace :)"

    I have learned to love science fiction/ fantansy romance books. However, this book has been a nice change of pace. I have felt every emotion possible and it is pretty innocent. I would definately listen if I were you :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ArtisticFool American Fork, UT, United States 01-30-13
    ArtisticFool American Fork, UT, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Love this new fantasy world!"
    What other book might you compare Touch of Power to and why?

    Poisen Study also by Maria V. Snyder. There are many similarities and differences. It's been a while since I read PS though and this book reminded me why I loved it. The powerful female heros, the love interests that sneak up behind me, and force me to love them, the loyal friends, it's a combination made of gold. But this brand new world of healers has so many surprises. Since I first began reading I've not been able the shut up about it to all my friends.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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