Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Synder
Series: Healer #1
Published: December 2011
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.
After reading Poison Study I just had to pick up her other series about Healers. This was just as good as Poison Study. It was less tragic and not as dark because Avry didn’t have a sordid past like Yelena. But the book was just as epic and fast paced. I couldn’t put it down and I spent most of my day reading this book cover to cover.
The story follows Avry who is the last Healer in all of her world. She hides but can’t help herself by healing sick people in each town that she goes too. She escapes each town except for one where she is caught and will be put to death the next day. But before that can happen a band of men break her out of prison and kidnap her to take across the Nine Mountains to save one special person. Avry has the choice to heal who she wants and this special person is one that she does NOT want to heal at any costs. Not only does he have the plague that killed thousands of people but she won’t die for him.
Avry is a strong heroine and I really like her no nonsense take on everything. She is strong willed and stubborn. She reminds me of Yelena in the sense that she will rush into any situation with no care of herself. She just wants to help and heal as many people as she can to make up for the horrible plague. Kerrick one of the men who kidnap her is awesome and rough and sexy. Their romance starts off to a rocky start and I like that. I like that she hated him and then gradually turns to care for him. I’m glad it wasn’t insta-love. The supporting characters were just as great! They gave the story body and humor as it does get a little dark. The villain in the story is strong and manipulative and so very smart! I’m glad Synder did not make him weak. He is a conniving guy that I actually loved as a villain. You want to hate him and punch him!
Such an epic read and plot. I have already finished Scent of Magic so look out for that review on Thursday. I am currently in the middle of Taste of Darkness.