Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Touch of Power by Maria Snyder

In this new yet-to-release series by Maria Snyder, of Poison Studies fame, we explore a world that has turned against healers. I've enjoyed all her other books so far - they have strong, principled heroines, who end up key to the battle between good vs. evil.
Publication Date: 27th December, 2011

The Story:  A terrible plague has wiped out large swathes of peoples across the country, and the kingdom has dissolved into several weakened states. Each healer who tried healing a plague carrier died in turn of the plague. With only 100 healers or so in the guild, the Healers Guild proclaimed that they would not heal the plague carriers, and instead tried to find the cure. However, this proclamation resulted in massive anti-healer sentiment, and began a wide scale persecution of the healers. Now only one healer remains - Avry.

Avry has been on the run, but now must choose sides in the war for the weakened states. The power plays between the various contending factions mean that a healer is a valuable piece on the board, and Avry's choice plays a key factor in which faction might eventually triumph.

Plus:Avry and other characters are really interesting to read, and their motivations unveil gradually as the plot develops. I'm keen to read more about them, if there are other books planned. She keeps her secrets to herself, which is a nice refreshing change from heroines that blurt them out to the first hero that comes along!

Minus:  I'm seeing a lot of fantasy that has pages and pages dedicated to travel, travel rations and the countryside - it seems to be a staple of the genre, but I'd like to see something creative here!
Overall: A solid, engrossing tale.
You can read an earlier review of Maria Snyder's Storm Glass here

Thanks to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing the review copy.
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  1. This is one story I'm really into. I loved Ms. Snyder's Study series and I think this sounds great too. Interesting that you liked that the main character kept her secrets. Thanks for the review.

  2. I have this one to read soon, it sounds like it might be a good read. I like a book where you get really into the characters.

    Suzanne @ Under the Covers

  3. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this via NetGalley, and I'm looking forward to having the time to read it. It looks interesting, that much is for certain. I'm glad to hear that it was, for the most part, a good read!

  4. I loved Poison Study, but I'm still on the fence re: Touch of Power. Something about the blurb just doesn't grab me. So it's a maybe for me for now.



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