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Touch of Power (Healer #1)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  21,527 ratings  ·  2,230 reviews
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, sh
Audiobook, Unabridged, Audible Edition, 12 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. (first published December 11th 2011)
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Maria Snyder
Oct 29, 2012 Maria Snyder rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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
Dec 04, 2013 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore Snyder fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: memories of "Poison Study"
Shelves: 2011, fantasy, ya
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 (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
“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
Meg ♥
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


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
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
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
Jen at Reading Lark
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
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 :)
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

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
Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
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
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
Expected Publication Date: December 20th 2011

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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
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead


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
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
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
Lisa Kay
Glass Coffin

(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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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
Maria Kaye
***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
Camly Nguyen
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
Aug 21, 2012 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Mitch
This book got me hooked from the first page and there was never a dull moment. Snyder created such a fascinating world with her magical writing style. The author does an awesome job in involving the reader in everything that happens. She doesn't overwhelm with info, but bit by bit the puzzle pieces fall into place.

I'm not really good with spoilers so just to be sure

Avry is by far the most kickass female MC I read about. It is not that she's a lethal fighter or anything like that
Anne Osterlund
Avery is a healer. The LAST healer. On the run ever since the plague broke out and people started blaming the healers for its existence. She knows she should stay hidden, but when she overhears the screams of a child dying of fever; Avery steps in. And is promptly arrested.

Kerrick rescues her. Sort of. He springs her from prison--and certain death. But his rescue comes with a price. In exchange, he wants her to heal a man from the plague. A man Avery distrusts. And dislikes. And for whom she is
Inspired Kathy
Reread July 2014 - Such a great book!

I love Maria Snyder's writing. Her Poison Study series is one of my favorites. I read her Inside Out Series hoping to love it but thought it was just so-so. Honestly I had high expectations for Touch of Power and thankfully I was not disappointed. This book had a similar feel to her Poison Study series. I loved how the relationship between Avry & Kerrick developed. Their constant bantering back and forth was so fun to read.

I was sucked into the story from
I loved the relationship betwen Avry and Kerrick, but........ the rest of the book just didn't do anything for me. The plot was well thought out and everything, but the writing was just so very, very blah. There was no emotion, no description, nothing. It was like a listing of events. People healed, died, got in life threatening situations, fell in love, and it was all narrated in this very nonchalant, "Oh this happened, and then this happened, and thennn this..." manner. There was absolutely no ...more
Sophia Sardothien
This book oh my god the tears. I would gladly give my heart to this book. I would even die in this book. Holy crap ITS SO AMAZING I think I enjoyed this more then the poison study series <3 MAN THE FEELS IN THIS BOOK JUST GOT ME CRAZY
2013? You mean I have to wait a full year before the next book is out? Well shit. It'll be well worth the wait though.

This was awesome on so many levels. It resembled Poison Study a bit, but not so much that I felt like I was reading the same book with different character names. I was also reminded of Graceling in a few places, but since that's one of my favourite books ever, I didn't mind at all.

Avry was everything a YA heroine should be: Brave, sensible, smart, compassionate, self-sacrificin
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Please, Sir. May I have some more?

Touch of Power may be mildly similar to Poison Study which does bring in an element of predictability but it doesn’t feel repetitive. This world is far larger and more complex than that of the Study trilogy.

Avry has been in hiding and on the run for 3 years and she's tired of it. After people blamed the spread of the plague on healers, they're captured and executed whenever they're found. However, Avry can't stop herself from healing fatally ill children and
3.5 - 4 stars

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder takes the reader on an epic journey through magical realms. Our heroine Avry of Kazan is a healer who must hide her healing powers from others. In this world, a plague devastated the population. Healers were blamed and many were put to death. As a result, healers are a rare commodity.

Avry is a survivor and she knows how to hide in plain sight. Her only downfall is her compassion – she is unable to bear the sight of a sick child. After Avry heals th
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“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.”
“The heart is a strange beast and not ruled by logic.” 172 likes
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