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Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power was another fantastic book from an author who’s only improving with time.

Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

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Title & Author: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: December 20, 2011

Series: 1st in a planned series

Publisher: Mira

How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley


“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 prince—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. Because the price of peace may well be her life…”

Another Hit

I’ve been on a book-reading roll lately. Every book I’ve picked up has been gold. Touch of Power was no different.

One of the great things about Maria V. Snyder is that I feel like I can trust her. I’ve read all 9 of her books and she has wow’ed and surprised me in every one. She has some really original ideas, which she always executes beautifully.

In Touch of Power, it was refreshing once again (like in Outside In) to read about new characters in a new world. I loved the Poison Study and Storm Glass series, but it was nice to sort of have a clean slate reading once again.

One thing you can pretty much count in on Synder’s books are characters who are fleshed out and who feel so real. Avry and her “band of rogues” have a wonderfully hilarious camaraderie, which wasn’t easily won.

Flea and Belen, two of men in her group, are particularly well-rounded characters. They each have interesting back-stories and don’t act in predictable or cliched ways.

She’s got the Pow-ah!

One of the things I enjoyed the most about Touch of Power was Avry’s healing abilities. It’s described so well and is the most interesting way I’ve ever heard healing portrayed in fantasy books.

When Avry heals someone she basically takes on their injury onto herself because her body heals 10 times faster than a regular person. But, she still suffers. If you have a broken leg and Avry heals you, she experiences the same pain and physical injuries that you just had.

Aside from the great characters and interesting fantasy elements, Snyder is just a downright fantastic storyteller. There’s so much depth and interest to her books. Yes, we follow Avry in Touch of Power, but I felt invested in Kerrick’s story (the band’s leader) and the odd things happening with the Death and Peace Lillies.

There’s so much going on but it all makes sense, has it’s place and is well-balanced.


I am thrilled to have read such an amazing book by one of my all-time favorite authors. This novel was packed with fun friendships, budding romance and intriguing mystery. I’m sure it’s no surprise after this review that I loved this book! Pick up Touch of Power December 20 (it’ll make a great Christmas present, I’m sure! 🙂 )

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Natalie Spaan

    I am dying to read this book! So glad you enjoyed it because it makes me even more excited for its publication! 🙂

  • I’m so with you on the book-reading roll! I’ve been lucky lately as well…just waiting for the ball to drop any day now…

    The only Maria V. Snyder books I’ve read at the Insider books. Perhaps I’ll have to check this one out as your review makes it sound fab. 🙂

    Happy Thursday!
    Jessi @ Reading in the Corner

  • Ems

    OOOHHH!!! I’m so excited for this one. She’s one of my faves, and one that I’ll buy whatever she puts out without reading it first. I’ve got an ARC on my laptop, and am going to read it as soon as I finish the one I’m on! (Blast that Adobe Reader that won’t allow reading more than one book at a time…)

    Also, I thought of the funniest thing to tell you last night and now I can’t remember what it was! Should have written it down…

  • I love Snyder’s characters too! She is definitely dependable on characterization and world building. This book was definitely one of her best!

  • Melissa Hayden

    So glad to see you loved this one! 😀 I do want to get it. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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