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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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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.

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  • Leena
  • Oklahoma
  • 07-17-18

Book=love, but I would hate to be Avry's friend.

Goodness, what a nightmare child Avry is. I agree with other reviewers that the characters in the healer series. Closely resemble the study series, which (in my opinion) is FAR better. I've read and reread/listened to the study series several times and I like the characters a lot and the world Snyder created. HOWEVER, I had some issues with Yolena being stubborn and headstrong, somehow naturally understanding military workings and strategy far better than veterans who have trained for years, never listening to the opinions of others, though she constantly says she trusts them and their strategies /judgment, etc. and Avry is SO MUCH WORSE THAN Yolena!!

Yolena drove me crazy, but at least there were some people in the world who she acknowledged were more expert on some way and she did SOMETIMES listen to other peoples' ideas and feelings. Avery is impulsive, disrespectful (and seemingly proud of that disrespect, just ask the Prince), inconsiderate, inconsistent (she says she understands strategy and motivations and agrees, but ultimately will always do what she, the genius 20 yr old with 3 yrs experience hiding. Believes is the right thing), and honestly, besides kindness, Avery has very few redeeming qualities, and the ones she DOES possess, are inexplicable in nature and not probable to her character.

I understand that Avry is a military genius and possesses a kind heart and unbelievably unique talent, but her behavior is unacceptable and, honestly, cruel. She doesn't treat those around her well, yet they all stick with her, follow her hairbrained schemes that, somehow, Always work out for the better (she makes mistakes, but it still ends up better) and treat her with respect. You'll hear/read a lot of, "well, this plan went terribly wrong and almost cost many lives for a crapshoot chance of minor success, but we did manage to accomplish/learn something that can potentially solve all our problems!" basically, trust Avry no matter what. Abandon allegiances to follow her lead; afterall, Avry is a prophetess who is ALWAYS right.

Okay, after that rant, you may wonder why I gave this 4 stars for the story. I gave it 4 stars because I really like the story. I sometimes even like Avry, kindness and friendship are a really important qualities. I love Gabra Zack an narrating, but overall, the book and main character are a little weak. I enjoyed the book and will reread it like I do all the books I really like, but I had to vent the Avry-annoyance a bit because that is my biggest issue with the book series.

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great book fabulous ending.

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

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loved it!

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

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.