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Taste of Darkness

(Healer #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  14,058 ratings  ·  1,063 reviews
She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate threat: The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray a
Paperback, Australian, 458 pages
Published January 2014 by HarlequinTeen Australia (first published December 31st 2013)
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Jemmima Schembri Taste of Darkness is the final book in the series, but I have always hoped that she will write another book or a novella. I have read the book series …moreTaste of Darkness is the final book in the series, but I have always hoped that she will write another book or a novella. I have read the book series twice now and I have always wondered what happens to the characters after the war. I also wanted to see the history of Kerrick and Belen at school and their childhood together. Also how Loran, Quain, and Flea come to join their group and their adventures together before Avery. So no there is no more books after this one but I will always hope for more!(less)

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Maria V. Snyder
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Wow - I just announced the new title for the book and here it is - already fixed!! For those who might be confused, the third Healer book was originally titled, TASTE OF DEATH, but has been changed due to a variety of reasons (see my facebook page: for more details) and is now TASTE OF DARKNESS.

The book is written, but I'm working on edits. So far, my husband said it's the best of my Healer books! I realize he's my husband and you're suspicious, but he doesn't nor
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“You have my heart, my soul, my life. I'm an empty shell without you.”

Taste of Darkness was the perfect conclusion to a perfect series! In this book, Avry and her boys had to make some serious choices about their loyalties and their priorities, while Ryne didn't hesitate to use them to achieve his goals, the Skeleton King slaughtered innocent people and then fed them to his armies, a new plague emerged and Tohon even frozen in a death stasis did not leave Avry alone. Did I mention t

Hated it, I spent the majority of the book rolling my eyes. The plot, the characters, and the writing were all poor — there was nothing remotely interesting or good about them.

-What's what: Avry thinks her abusive boyfriend is dead, obviously he's not, everyone's happy but not for long as they have to beat the one-dimensional-evul Tohon and his army of dead. That means going from one place to another, running into bad guys, fighting and then separating, and then fighting some more. Yea,
Jan 02, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
December 2013 huh....why do you hate me Maria Snyder? Why? All I've done wrong is to love these first two books. Is that so bad? Why must you punish me? Don't say it's because secretly I like it...that is not the point! You simply cannot end Scent of Magic on THAT note and then expect me to wait a year. It's just not going to happen, it's not.

Oh, I'll tell you what I'm going to do about it! I'll break into your house and steal the manuscript from you! That's what I'll do!! *officially crosses t
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Should've been a better ending*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱
This review is purely for me and might contain spoilers and facts from the book to keep myself in the known at all time. It's also long and somewhat detailed.

Re-read: 09.06.2018
We're back with the last book with Avry of Kazan (21), who is a healer; she absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself by laying hands upon the injured and dying. Tohon is frozen in stasis, his second in command has taken over, the sister of said second in comm
Irene Sim
5 "Thank the Flea" stars!!!

Review Tomorrow.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maria is one of my favourite authors - not just because of her writing - but because she is lovely person - generous to her fans and just all round nice :)
Lol that being said - if I write a review about a book - it will always be completely honest because 1. It's my personal opinion and 2. what's the point of writing a review otherwise?

I really enjoyed the first two books in the series. I was happy that Maria had kept the theme of "magic" going as she had with the Study and Glass series. I re-re
:O warning spoilers
That was my face wen I finished the book
Aghhhhh I actually can't beleive I've finished it
I've been waiting a whole year and as soon as I heard it was out I screamed with delight and rushed around not mowing what to do.
But finally I did it (punching my fist up with triumph)

The skeleton king is a new interesting charecter in the book and I almost puked seeing what he does to his prisoners
Avery is a whole new person and I just love her.
When I started the book and found out Kerri
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, fantasy
ARC received via NetGalley

My review in one word: disappointing.

I don't know what went wrong. Honestly. I can't decide if her writing changed completely with this book or if my standards (boy that sounds pretentious) are different. If I went back and read the first of this series would I like it as well I as remember? If I reread the Study series would I love it still? I'm hesitant to test that theory.

It just felt so sloppy. The dialogue felt so basic and at times forced to create a chuckle. But
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

If I had to describe Taste of Darkness with one word, I would probably choose lacklustre.
Sadly so, and with great regret because Touch of Power was one of my favorite reads in 2012, not only that, one of my favorite fantasy book. I adored Avery and her boys. Loved the storyline and world building, but my favorite part was the character building. And we all know I am a sucker for great character driven novels.  Scent of Magic was more plot driven. And one of the disappointing sequels of
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I remember reading Maria V. Snyder's "Study" series a couple years ago and finding myself completely enraptured by the crazy adventures the butt-kicking heroine went on. Which, of course, led me to devouring all of her other books with a speed faster than the Road Runner--beep beep. "Taste of Darkness" is the finale to the "Healer" series, bringing Avry's fight against Tohon and the Skeleton King to a close. Forgive me if I'm sounding a little lukewarm; I ha
Initial Thoughts: The best book in the series! After a slow start and trying to remember the huge cast of characters, I quickly got into this story and enjoyed it immensely. I loved the world created by the author and the book was a lot of fun to read. Full review to come...

The Review:
I've been a fan of Maria V. Snyder's Healer series for quite a while now. When the opportunity to read and review the third book came along, I jumped at the chance. The Healer series focuses on Avry, a remarkable y
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"You have my heart, my soul, my life. I'm an empty shell without you."
Actual rating is 3/5 stars.

Hell, this book felt too long and too slow. You'd think since they're in war that they'd have limited time to do important things but no. Several months passed by before things escalated. There's just too many back and forth that had me rolling my eyes and wanting it to just end. The end wasn't even that thrilling!


Anyway, I'm really happy with all the character growths. Avry wasn't the heale
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I started reading the Healers Trilogy expecting something similar to what the study-trilogy gave me and in part i got it in other parts I didn't. I could see the progression Snyder has made as a writer compared to the Study-Trilogy, which was nice, but there were still problems in terms of story telling.
Let me start with the characters. Avry and Kerrick are basically carbon copies of Yelena and Valek. since I loved those two, I didn't really mind, but still, the similarities were very very obvio
Oct 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By this point in the series, I was fed up with the multiple Romeo Juliet type non-endings. I have lost count of how many times the hero and heroine believe each other to be dead and grieve. It completely lost its appeal after about the third time around. I had become desensitized to it, especially since, there were many chapters that were titled Karrick!

I found the entire series to be sad. By the time I reached the third book, there was not a single character that I was rooting for! Avry is port
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taste of Darkness is the third and final book in Maria V. Snyder’s Healer series, and it’s a great end to the series. There was plenty packed into this book, ensuring I was hooked from the first to the last page.

With Taste of Darkness, everything that has been building throughout the prior books comes together. So much happens throughout this one, constantly keeping you turning the pages. I confess, some things were predictable and I saw them coming well in advance, but not everything. There wer
Sophia Sardothien
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Official Rating 3.8 stars
This book is an stunning conclusion to the trilogy, however it still could have been better. Everything was nicely summed up, if you enjoyed the second book this one would not be a disappointment.

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Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Why do we have to wait so long?!?! I'm really upset with the way Scent of Magic ended. ;~;

4.5 stars

ETA: I loved it! A satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
Dani C
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed
So much love!! Can't believe it's over! ...more
Oct 01, 2013 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I love Avery! I love Kerrick! This is going to be great!
Yael Shalom
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great series ! Lots of characters , the plot spreads on extensive geographical areas , wonderfull and originals ideas for a great magical world .
The last book was very busy and fast , a bit too much for me , but still I enjoyed it very much .
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Avry is desperate because Kerrick has gone missing after he is poisoned by Death Lily toxin. Even though she is the only one who still thinks he is alive after searching for weeks, she has to focus on her patients as a new type of plague seems to be arising. With people developing new powers, Avry wanting to fulfil her promise to mom and look after her patients, and enemies surrounding them, including the disturbing
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Healer’ trilogy, and picks up where book 2 left off.
Kerrick is poisoned by a death lily, and taken by the forest. Avry has no idea what has happened to him, why she has a whole bunch of patient’s dying, or what is going on with Tohon and the Skeleton King.
Will Kerrick ever come back? Can Avry heal her patients when it seems a new plague has arisen? And can
Anne Osterlund
Kerrick is missing.

Avery refuses to believe he is dead, but her desperate search turns up nothing and there is still a war to be fought. So she leaves a message and continues on to help collect Death Lily toxin, treat the patients in the infirmary, and defy the Skeleton King—among other felonious villains attempting to destroy the Kingdoms.

Fortunately her instincts prove accurate. Most of the time.

Taste of Darkness is the third and final book in Maria V. Snyder’s Healer series. Practically ever
Mar 23, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is torture!!! I've read the first two books two months ago, have almost been crying that I have to wait too damn long for the third one. But eventually I was like: give yourself a few days and some more books and you'll soon get over it. But nope, after reading 13 more books I still can't forget, have to think about it every time I start a book and end it... They can just all go home with their wanna-be-kick-ass-females and their style to tell a tale. Maria Snyder, pleeease write more books ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how it switched between Avry and Kerrick. It gave new perspective and made it more interesting. It ended rather abruptly and I thought the battle with Tohon would be more intense. I loved this book when I first read it, but I suppose time changes the perspective.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
2014?!?!?! Are you kidding me?! After the way Scent of Magic ended...? :(

Thank god it's back to 2013 again...and that I have an ARC ;)
I think I'm about to start crying. I don't know which is sadder the ending of the 2nd book or the fact that the next book isn't out till December. ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Taste of Darkness is the last book in the Healer Series .
Before I start this review I want to congratulate Maria V. Snyder for creating this phenomenal books!

The Healer Series aka Avry of Kazan Series were a pleasure to read and I must tell you guys that compared to the Study Series, this books had been more interesting book by book.

It has adventures, a playful group with witty comments that will make you smile and also romance.

Along this series what I loved the most was the development
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*MY Thoughts*

Maria V. Snyder's Taste of Darkness ends the Healer trilogy in a fashion that should leave readers pleasantly surprised and not wondering what the hell just happened. While you still have to wonder if your favorite characters will be spared by the often times used kill them off before they can reach the conclusion of the series feature, I can honestly say that this books ending won't leave you tossing the book in the bonfire or screaming in agony.

I find my
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