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(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, sho
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Paperback, 390 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Mira (first published December 11th 2011)
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Sasha Alsberg
Feb 24, 2015 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 V. Snyder
Sep 30, 2011 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 it
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Tatiana
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: hardcore Snyder fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: memories of "Poison Study"
Shelves: 2011, ya, fantasy
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
Katerina
Nov 29, 2014 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
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
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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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Megs ♥
Dec 29, 2011 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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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie


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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Ferdy
Spoilers

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 fin
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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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Caitlin
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, 4-stars
I FINISHED A BOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A WEEK!! Since I was sick I fell into the worst slump ever and had absolutely no motivation to read but thank god this book pulled me out of my slump!

It really was just a classic Maria V Snyder book and it was exactly what I needed. I really needed a basic fantasy since I have so many intimidating complex fantasy books waiting to be read that would have put me more in a slump. Thank god for this book, it was great.
Penny
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

This book didn't make me feel, not really. It was entertaining but that's all. There are plenty of adventurous situations, but no real story for most of the book. Many things happen but nothing traps you enough to want to keep reading. I almost didn't finish it. Not because I did't like it, but because I wan't interested enough and it seemed as if I wouldn't be missing much if I did.

I won't keep reading this series. I am sure the next installments would be pack with acti
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Touch of Power (Healer #1), Maria V. Snyder
The Healer Series has three books, Touch of Power, Scent of Magic and Taste of Darkness.

Touch of Power: 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 ba
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Grace
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Avry of Kazan, a healer, heals by absorbing diseases and pain into her own body, which in turn rapidly heals itself. A band of rogues captured Avry and asked her to journey to a faraway place, the nine mountain, to heal their plague stricken leader. The problem is a healer cannot recover from that, the plague kills healers.
The rest of the story focused on their journey to the nine mountain, forming alliances and friendships, experiencing loss and betrayals, overcoming adversities and all kinds o
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nicklein
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me no chance at all to deal with my physiological needs like a normal human being.

I. Couldn't. Put. This. Down.

Giving synopsis is not my strong suit so please don't expect one. And I think it's better to read this not knowing much of the premise anyway.

Avry is my new favourite heroine. She's brave, stubborn, strong, kindhearted, selfless and has a great sense of humor which I appreciate a lot. I gave her an imaginary standing ovation everytime she stood her ground against Kerrick
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Kells Next Read
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.

T
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Not such a bad re-read*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 05.06.2018
I decided to re-read this book simply because I can't find anything new to read. Nothing interesting me anymore, and the sad part is that most of my re-reads are a complete bust. Luckily, this one actually wasn't so bad. The story is really interesting and the characters are great. The timeline is over months and I liked that; you get to know the characters, you get to feel and get to know the world, and you get action the whole way.
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Catie
Sep 27, 2011 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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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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Irene Sim
What can I say about this story? I fell in love with all of it. It's epic!! It has it all, adventure, comradeship, romance, betrayal, friendship, loss, magic, sacrifice, evil, set in an amazing fantasy world.

Avry is an amazing character, a heroine so strong, so compationate, so loyal, it was marvelous being in her head.

Snyder weaves an interesting, very complicated fantasy world, similar to the one in her "Study" series. All the characters are very well developed, from the minor ones to the vil
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♛Tash
Aug 11, 2014 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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Kaitlynne
Mar 01, 2011 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 ☘
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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Felicia
Feb 18, 2012 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
Katrin D
RTC!
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

3 stars rounded down to 3 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 wa
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Jen
Sep 17, 2011 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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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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majo
Did I just enjoy this as much as Poison Study? I guess I did. WOW. Maria V. Snyder knows how to tell stories. I've been reading her books for a while now and they all are so good. I was a little hesitant toward this because..it wasn't in the Poison Study universe. It is a completely different story set in a different world with a different type of magic. AND I LOVED IT A LOT.

The story follows Avry, a girl with the power of healing. She can cure almost anyone no matter what sickness or injuries t
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Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed ¾ of this story. The setup was fascinating. A plague has recently finished wiping out a substantial portion of the population so there is a lot of civil upheaval as people figure out how to get by on a fraction of the resources they need to support the prior social (and commercial) infrastructure. The book doesn't put it in those terms anywhere, but it's clear that Snyder has thought through the implications and complications of such an event and the actions of the people are completel ...more
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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.”
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