Heal the Prince – and Be Free // Review: Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

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Touch of Power
Author: Maria V Snyder
Series: Healer Series
Genre(s): High Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Release Date: 12/20/2011

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Goodreads Description

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, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for.

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder is a young adult novel surrounding Avry of Kazan, the last healer in the world as she struggles to survive from those who wish to hunt and execute healers. As last healer in the world, Avry is suddenly captured by a band of rogues who want her to heal their prince, if she does so, she shall be free. But the cost of healing others imprints back on Avry, and what risks are she willing to take for the Prince who led to the craze surrounding healers?

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder has an incredibly unique and intriguing concept that begs for the reader to just – begin. As the beginning of the book grabs the reader in and hooks, for me at least, it was difficult at times to continue on. I was waiting throughout the entirety of the book for one single event to happen, and I was disappointed to realize that it didn’t happen until the end. There were certainly points within the story that demonstrate distress and have me glued in, but there were also points when I was bored. And it really sucks to be bored.

Not to mention, the romance within this novel was plainly and simply unrealistic. Our love interest, Kerrick, at the beginning of the story is rude and abusive towards Avry. Slapping her once and even chaining her to a tree for the night without food or a blanket in order to convince her to heal his prince. It is clear that Kerrick does not care for Avry whatsoever and any kindness he does grant is simply to convince her to heal his prince. I was stunned that Avry could possibly ever fall in love with a man who abused her in such inhumane ways. That was my biggest problem with this book.

As for the setting and the writing, besides the romance, I thought it was fairly well written. It definitely doesn’t compare to Snyder’s other series, the Study series. But still, Touch of Power was not horrible. To put it simply, it was okay. The concept was really unique. I really loved the concept so much. Avry herself is such a unique character I think she fits well in her role as healer.

Overall, Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder did not impress as much as I thought it would. But, it certainly was a good book with other excellent aspects such as world building, concepts, and characters. I recommend Touch of Power to anyone who loves High Fantasy novels and action!

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Have you read Touch of Power yet? Has my review convinced you to read it? If you’ve read it, let me know of your opinions down below!

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