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Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
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Apr 29, 2012

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

This new series takes place in the same world as Mara V Snyders Poison Study series, The Fifteen Realms. The Fifteen Realms has been ravaged by plague and the rulers have deemed the healers responsible. Healers are on the verge of extinction because the rulers have ordered them to be killed.
A group of bandits have saved Avry from being hung, in return that she heal Prince Ryne. The trip they must take to reach the Prince is not easy and there are many stops along the way. Each of her decisions along the way may lead to her survival or her (and those who helped her) death. Avery and Kerrick's interactions with each other is both stressful and apprehensive at the same time. He is the leader of the group and they must learn how to travel together and keep each other alive. He also becomes a love interest later on in the book. There are 5 members of the group and all have great personalities and hopefully we continue see them all throughout the whole series.
Romance is on the back burner in this story and it's focused more on the building of trusting relationships. As Avry is believed to be the last healer alive, she is in a very tricky position of not knowing who to trust. We get to see many different characters come in and out of the story during their travels. Avery must lay low, but finds her need to heal those who are sick are constantly pulling at her to help, and she cannot refuse. Each time she heals somebody she takes their illness into herself, she then has to heal herself before they can travel again.
All of the characters are very entertaining. Each has a purpose and a memorable role in the story. The reader will learn to love and hate personality traits in each of them. Avery is very kind hearted, sympathetic and a strong person. I like to think that her life as a healer has made her that way, and at the age of 20 in a time of castles, kingdoms and magical powers she seems wise beyond her years. It is noticeable in this story that more a more modern day language is used. It made it easier to read and understand, but some may miss that aspect.
The world-building is so well written, you will be drawn into it immediately. The concepts and ideas of the world were explained flawlessly and easy to understand. Several elements come into play and the way it seems to all revolve around magic leads to an overall very entertaining read.
It's fast paced with a lot of adventure, great characters and new challenges every step they take. The book also comes with a map so you can track their travels as they go.
I think that overall Maria V Snyder is known for her world building and well rounded, likeable characters. If you have read and liked her previous works and like fantasy novels, I don't think you will be disappointed in this new series.
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Jessie R I don't think this book is set in the same world as Poison study.
There is no Ixia or Sitia on the maps and the magic system is different.

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