250 Word Review: Touch of Power (Maria V. Snyder)
Summary (From Goodreads.com)
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, 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 princeleader 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. Because the price of peace may well be her life…
Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Length: 390 Pages
Source: Library book
When I finally found a library copy of Touch of Power, I knew I would have to read it since I loved Maria V. Snyder’s Study & Glass series.
The world is interesting and I really loved the plot, but I found the characters a little disappointing. Avry was a likable protagonist, but slightly lacking compared to Opal (of the Glass trilogy) or Yelena (of the Study trilogy). Although she was a strong character, I felt she lacked some of the endearing personality of Snyder’s other characters.
Kerrick, as the romantic interest, left a lot to be desired in my opinion. I admit the bar was set fairly high by Valek of the Study trilogy, but I found Kerrick disappointing even compared to average men in other novels. He seemed overly harsh, and although we were supposed to see below the surface to his feelings, he still seemed somewhat cold. Oddly, I still was gripped by the will they/won’t they romance between the two.
Tohon, as the villain was great in my opinion – I found he was the most humorous character, and his interactions with Avry were great.
I really enjoyed this book, and if I hadn’t read her other work, I probably would have loved it – it outclassed a lot I’ve read this year. Unfortunately, I just felt it didn’t match up to the standard we’ve come to expect from Snyder. But I’ll definitely still be reading the rest of the series!
Buy it? I will, personally.
In a nutshell: Good plot, characters slightly disappointing.