Touch of Power

Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Series: Healer, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,060 ratings)

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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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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...

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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...

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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.

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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!

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Great story & fantastic narration.

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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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Couldn’t finish it...

I didn’t make it even halfway through this book. As soon as the love interest physically abuses the lead, I can’t listen anymore. Maybe other people can get past that but I would not be able to enjoy their romance or even like the male character after he hits a woman. If that doesn’t bother you then go on and read it.

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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 :)

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