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Touch of Power (Healer #1)

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Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shoc
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Paperback, 390 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Mira (first published December 11th 2011)
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Sasha Alsberg
Jan 26, 2016 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just go read this book.
THIS is how a novel should be done. I'll be talking more about it in my January wrap up video because IT WAS JUST SO FANTASTIC!!!!
Maria Snyder
Oct 29, 2012 Maria Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
LOL - Every little star counts! Such shamelessness ;>

Okay - so how weird is this?? I have the audio copy of TOP and it's read by Gabra Zackman, who did a fantastic job on my Study books. So I wanted to listen to a couple chapters of TOP to see how Gabra did the voices and pronounced the character names...

I'm on Chapter 11! I've gotten sucked into my own book - how weird is that? I'll blame Gabra. She brings the story to life - it's a different experience from reading the book as she's acting
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Tatiana
Dec 04, 2013 Tatiana rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: hardcore Snyder fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: memories of "Poison Study"
Shelves: ya, fantasy, 2011
On the surface, there is nothing wrong with Touch of Power. Avry, a 20-year old magic healer in a world where healers are persecuted and blamed for spreading deadly plague, is a nice character. She is kind, courageous, smart, strong, self-sacrificing, caring, self-sufficient, moral, a quick learner, a good friend (you see where I am going with it?) Avry's adventure is fast-paced, something exciting is constantly happening. There is no instalove. The magical system with 11 kinds of powers (one of ...more
Khanh (the Grinch)
“We’re really surprised you weren’t caught by the locals sooner,” Quain said.
“We had a list of healers,” Loren said. “But by the time we learned of their location, they’d been executed. We always heard the same gossip. That they had been caught by doing something stupid.”
“Like healing a child,” I said. My obvious weakness.

That awkward moment when you love a book despite hating almost everything in it...

Book chemistry. It is very, very real, and this book is living proof that it exists. There a
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Katerina
Jan 27, 2016 Katerina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It's Maria V. Snyder people.She can do no wrong.


“I can't decide what's worse.Losing family members or not having a family member to lose.”

Unfortunately,that is a question many people had to ask themselves in the Fifteen Realms.A plague killed millions of poor souls,and the healers were the ones to blame,despised and on the run,hunted down and executed.The survivors were in no better condition than the dead,kingdoms and governments collapsed and among the ruins rose those who craved power.Avr
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Meg ♥
Mar 01, 2012 Meg ♥ rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Avry is a healer in a harsh world where healers are hunted, because everyone believes they started a plague. In fact, most healers have already been killed, and Avry has been in hiding for two years trying to avoid being murdered. She is soon abducted by a group of rogues who are trying to convince her to heal a prince that she really doesn't like. Throw in the fact that if she saves him, she loses her life and you see why they must convince her that the prince is worth saving. They tak
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Kat Kennedy
Never have I been so wrong

I avoided reading this book for a long time. I’d loved Poison Study but the word on the street was that the rest of the Study series wasn’t great and that Poison Study had been beginners luck. But I was kind of blown away by how much I loved Touch of Power. I simply couldn’t put it down and that flabbergasted me.

This is one of those walking fantasy books where the characters spend a LOOOOOOONNNNGGGG TIIIIIIIIiiiimmmmeee goooooooooiiiiiinnnng plaaaaaaaaceeeees. However, there’s also heaps of acti
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Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*


Rating Clarification: 3.5 - 4 Stars

I know everyone loved The Study series, which I've yet to finish but honestly... I enjoyed Touch of Power a lot more than I did Poison Study. Unlike the depressed and melodramatic atmosphere that I got from Poison Study, Touch of Power was a breath of fresh air. Don't get me wrong the first scene has the heroine listening to the tortured cries of a dying baby and contemplating whether or not she should heal her. But I loved Avry's "glass is half full" outlook o
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Lissa
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WOW.

Just wow.

There's a famous quote by Toni Morrison: “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”

For the past few years I've taken this quote to heart and written the types of things I love to read.

But now I may as well just give up.

Touch of Power is the perfect novel for me.

Sure the writing style is different to mine, and I'd do a completely different approach, and there's nothing in plot, characters or themes that are remotely similar to m
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Kelly
My Rating: 3.5

This book was a tiny bit of a let down for me. Having read a few of Maria V. Synder previous works, I was going into this all hype and ready. Seriously...the book started so good, I barely had time to even put an update. I was like:
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As I got further into the read the storyline began to drag and bored me to death. What saved this read was that I love Ms. Snyder style of writing and I knew if I soilder through I would definitely get to the pot of goal, at the end of the rainbow.

The
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Catie
Nov 07, 2011 Catie rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars

I am and will always be a huge fan of Maria V. Snyder’s first novel, Poison Study. In fact, this is a little bit embarrassing but…I’ve read it three times. And I’m still not tired of it.

I’ve also read every single book that she’s published, but nothing has ever reached the level of that first love for me. I like the Glass series, but I don’t love it. The Inside/Out series is a cool sci-fi dystopian departure for her and I like it for that, but again...don’t love it. So when I saw tha
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Ferdy
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I enjoyed Snyder's Study series and I had high expectations for this… suffice to say it didn't deliver.
Avry is a healer, she's been running and hiding for three years as anyone found to be a healer is executed, the healers are blamed for starting a plague that killed millions of people. Avry is in prison awaiting execution after it is discovered that she is a healer… she's saved from death by Kerrick and his friends who want her to heal their friend who is dying of the plague. Avry find
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Kogiopsis
I'm definitely coming at this book from a different perspective than a lot of people I know, many of whom have read and loved at the very least Poison Study, and often more of Maria V. Snyder's books. This is my first by her and to be honest, I'm underwhelmed.

The concept is by far the strongest part of this book. Fifteen kingdoms, eleven types of magic, a land recovering from a deadly plague - glorious. While I have certain issues with the varieties of magic (they seem to almost-but-not-quite be
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Jen at Reading Lark
Sep 21, 2011 Jen at Reading Lark rated it it was amazing
This review is for an ARC kindly given to me by the Amazon Vine UK Review program.

Touch of Power is Poison Study good!!! *HUGE CHEER* I haven't enjoyed a book by Maria V Snyder so much in a long time (even though they are usually great); I stayed up reading til all hours and was even late to work because I couldn't put it down! I really hope you agree with me when you get a chance to read it. I would definitely recommend this as required reading for Maria fans ASAP!!

I really liked Maria's new h
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Kaitlynne
Jan 29, 2014 Kaitlynne rated it it was amazing
I have absolutely no doubt that this book is going to be amazing!

*After reading it*

Yup, I was right. This book exceeded my expectations :)
Maggie ☘Wonderland-BookQueen☘
When I say that I was going into Touch of Power with astronomical expectations I wouldn't be exaggerating. I hope that the next books will be even better, but this one was great. Enjoyable, captivating read. My only problem was, that I had too much expectations after reading Poison Study series.

The first half of this book was rather slow-paced, the characters were constantly walking somewhere through the woods and I was slightly bored at first. But halfway through the book, the story finally pi
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♛Tash
Jun 12, 2015 ♛Tash rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maria Snyder Die Hard Fans
Recommended to ♛Tash by: Me
Shelves: high-fantasy
YASSS! I finished it! I really finished it after being tempted to just DNF so many times.

I had a terrific experience reading Snyder's Poison Study. I remember the writing smooth and the world building vivid, so I expected the same thing from Touch of Power, but damn, I was so wrong. In this book, I found Snyder's writing a little amateurish. I had to check the publication dates of the Poison Study and Touch of Power to see which novel came first, and I was surprised to see that Poison Study was
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Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
Feb 24, 2012 Diana (Mrs. Barrons) rated it it was amazing
The plague has spread wiping out millions of people, and healers are being blamed. Despite the fact that they've been helping people for generations, taking people's symptoms of illnesses and injuries upon themselves to save their fellow townsfolk, they are now being hunted and killed virtually on the spot. Avery has been on the run for over 3 years, but her natural urge to heal overpowers her. She heals a child, and is therefore caught. The night before her execution she's "rescued" and subsequ ...more
Mitch
Mar 25, 2012 Mitch rated it it was amazing
One of the top fantasy’s I’ve ever read. Everything about this book’s subtle, the characters, the plot, the back stories, the world building. I was so immersed in the story that its quality, like everything else, really snuck up on me, and it was only when I paused about a third of the way through to digest everything I’d read that I really realized how good it was.

The main character, Avry, is interesting even in the beginning but her character development is just phenomenal. She starts off as w
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Bonnie
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was ok
Expected Publication Date: December 20th 2011

Touch of Power was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.

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2.5 stars
The Storyline
Touch of Power is a new series by Maria V. Snyder that introduces Avry of Kazan, a Healer who is able to take illnesses away from another and take them as her own. The only illness that she can’t take without expecting to survive is the plague. Unfortunately, people believe that Healers are the reason the plague exi
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Reynita Maharani


3.5 stars

This book was great and when I read it I enjoyed it so much but I got bored when I began reading chapter 20 although there are something that I didn't like about this book. But I still quite enjoyed it.

What I didn't like :

With a strangled cry, Kerrick lost his temper. Belen lunged toward Kerick and I raised an arm to block Kerrick's strike, but we were to slow. Kerrick backhanded me across my cheek. The force of the blow sent me to the ground

when I read that I was so angry and I was li
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D.G.
Jan 10, 2016 D.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, re-read, reviewed
**Re-read Jan 2016 - Still as good as the first time**

I’ve only read one other book by this author (Poison Study) and although I thought it was good, I never felt like finishing the trilogy. Not in the case of Touch of Power. I was so fascinated by the world, the plot and the characters that most likely I’ll purchase the next book as soon as it comes out (which I almost never do.)

Touch of Power has some similarities with Poison Study (young woman condemned to die gets saved by a man so she can d
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Felicia
Feb 18, 2012 Felicia rated it liked it
So I enjoyed this book, but didn't LOVE it. Poison Study (by this author) is one of my ALL TIME FAVES so I can't help compare all her other heroines to that one, and no one ever lives up to her 100%. I enjoyed the magic worldbuilding, for some reason I just felt one step ahead of the characters frequently. I didn't 100% feel the attraction between the two main characters either, so maybe that made me a bit less invested. I enjoyed the heroine's POV though, and am interested to see the second in ...more
Bird
I loved Snyder's first book, Poison Study, and since then I've been a faithful reader of everything she's written. I haven't actually enjoyed any of her books as much as PS, and I think I keep reading in hopes of discovering another book like that one. Alas, her most recent effort doesn't come close to PS for me.

Snyder creates the kind of fantasy world I love, which has a nice medieval flavor. Snyder's never been one to info-dump in her stories, which I appreciate, but in this story I felt like
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

WHAT I LOVED

I absolutely love the way Maria V. Snyder writes. She takes the reader and drops him or her into the world she has written about and she does not clue the reader in on anything that is going on. Now, a normal person would be questioning my sanity saying “Michelle, why is this a good thing?”. And I would answer you, because she never TELLS the reader about the world but instead she SHOWS the reader through action, thoughts, interaction and the basic comings and goings of the character
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Shauna
2.5 stars

This book just didn't do it for me. I was really hoping for another Poison Study, or even another Storm Glass…well, I got neither.

There's no depth to Touch of Power, the underdeveloped characters fall flat and the world-building is equally thin.
Kerrick, the 'love interest', is a ruthless prick who backhands, starves and exposes our heroine to the elements in the hope that a bit of hypothermia will crush her resolve. Charming. The villain of the piece gave her better consideration than
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Lisa Kay
Glass Coffin
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) I just loved this one and Gabra Zackman, a narrator I’ve never heard before, did a wonderful job. Kerrick, the hero, in this book is grumpy – and boy does she make him sound that way! LOL! Though, why Quain, part of the entourage, has a Scottish accent in a post-apocalyptic/dystopian/fantasy book, I’m not sure. **shrugs** Still, Ms. Zackman convinced me she was the heroine, Avry, as she narrated from a first person POV.

This is the first in MVS’s
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Mila
DNF at 35% and skimmed to the end.

I... I don't know what happened.

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I loved Poison Study, and when I read about Touch of Power I was in love.
I mean a story by an author that I loved with that amazing premise?? Bring it!

But as soon as I began reading, I knew that there was something off about the story. We meet the main character yes, and we are told about her story, how she's a healer but has to hide it or she'll be executed... But it was all so rushed! The writing style was simple, there was no d
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Maria Kaye
Jan 25, 2015 Maria Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
***3.5 stars.***

Oh geez this book has me torn in half.

It tells the story of Avry of Kazan, the last healer in the fifteen realms. Healers are able to heal by assuming their patients injuries and due to their nature Healers can heal 10 (I think it was 10) times as fast as regular people. Avry must heal Prince Ryne Ivdel because Prince Tohon of Sogra threatens to takeover and rule all fifteen realms with his army of unnatural creations [you'll know what I mean if you read the book ;)]. But befo
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Camly Nguyen
Jan 10, 2015 Camly Nguyen rated it liked it
Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No.

Avry of Kazan can assume the wounds and diseases of the sick and injured into herself. But rather than being honored for her skill, she is accused of spreading the plague that killed millions.

Right when Avry thinks that she doesn't want to live anymore, she is saved from execution by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above anything else. In exchange, Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of the campaign against her people.

As they
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Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been ...more
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“The heart is a strange beast and not ruled by logic.” 182 likes
“When we reached the door, Belen stepped in the way. 'If any harm—'
'Comes to her, you’ll rip out my arms. Got it,' Kerrick said.
'I’m serious,' Belen said.
'I know. Do you really think I’d put her in danger?'
'Not on purpose, but things happen that are out of your control.'
Kerrick gave him a tight smile. 'You mean I'm not omnipotent?'
'You're not even semi-potent.'
'Is that even a word?' Kerrick asked.
'He probably means you're impotent,' I offered.”
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