Regular price: $24.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.

Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision....

©2013 Maria V. Snyder (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    204
  • 4 Stars
    116
  • 3 Stars
    41
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    212
  • 4 Stars
    92
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    179
  • 4 Stars
    100
  • 3 Stars
    48
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Melissa
  • Medford, OR, United States
  • 01-05-14

Well

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

While I definitely enjoy Maria V. Snyder's books, and I loved this series, this one for me fell just a bit flat in comparison. Not to say I didn't enjoy it, if you've listened to the others in the series, definitely listen to it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Maria V. Snyder? Why or why not?

Absolutely, I've thoroughly enjoyed every single one of her other books.

Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

I don't think I could pick a favorite, I think she's a wonderful narrator

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

she never fails to draw me in

Maria V Snyder is one author that pulls you in with a story and doesn't let go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

great book fabulous ending.

Maria Snyder is an awesome writer, and the narrator was fabulous. I loved the story.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

loved it!

loved it! every sentence full of detail , narration is wonderful. a very captivating listen.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • XB
  • Victoria, BC
  • 05-18-16

Good ending

I like the Poison Study series much better, but this was pretty good. The explanations of how the lilies work, rescuing this or that person, and thinking/believing someone is dead got a bit repetitive by this last book. As usual, Zackman's performance is really good.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Headstrong, Stubborn is NOT admirable

So sick of a Avry being willing to die to save one random stranger knowing that by doing so her death will leave their entire world without a healer - not just once but repeatedly. That's not admirable - that's criminally negligent behavior.

Also, sick of her ALWAYS thinking she knows more about military tactics than the professionals and throwing temper tantrums and stamping off to do what she thinks needs to be done and AGAIN putting herself in danger to get her way and to Hell with the needs of incoming casualties or existing patients.

Avry: Spoiled, selfish, ignorant child.

Why, why, WHY do so many authors (FEMALE authors, no less!) so often create heroines like this. A woman can be strong without being a stubborn selfish pain-in-everyone's butt.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good story in the Series

This book wraps up the series and closes all the gaps. There was lots of action and excitement in the closing moments of the book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Not what I was expecting for a final book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It was a little slow. I was very intrigued about the skeleton king and I feel that he was dealt with too quickly where other areas of the book seemed to drag.

If you’ve listened to books by Maria V. Snyder before, how does this one compare?

I love the Healer series because of the strong role Avry plays. However, I found this book was a little lacking compared to the other two Healer books.

Could you see Taste of Darkness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could see the first Healer book being made into a movie but not this one.

Any additional comments?

I felt that the author had too much pressure on her during this book. It had real potential and I felt that she put emphasis on parts that were minor and didn't emphasis more intriguing plots.