Taste of Darkness

Taste of Darkness

Book rating: 03 Paperback Healer

By (author) Maria V Snyder

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  • Publisher: Mira Books
  • Format: Paperback | 458 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 203mm x 36mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Don Mills
  • ISBN 10: 0778315851
  • ISBN 13: 9780778315858
  • Edition statement: Original.
  • Sales rank: 14,865

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She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears? Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever. But there's a more immediate theat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision....

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By Diana Terrado 24 Feb 2014 3

I have no idea where to start. Taste of Darkness is the highly anticipated conclusion to the Healer trilogy and after what felt like years of waiting for this book to finally come out, it hurts me to say that it was a bit disappointing.
I liked Touch of Power a lot and I loved Scent of Magic. So one would expect that this installment would be the best and the most amazingly epic end. But after all the built up expectations I've had of this one, the book just fell short.

I cannot quite put my finger on it but while I was reading the book, it didn't feel... right. Kerrick and Avry were still adorable together and I'm so glad they finally had a chance to at least have some time for themselves after everything they went through. But it felt different. They seemed different. A few times while I was reading the book I had to remind myself that these two are two of my most beloved fictional characters and that I was reading a book by Maria Snyder - one of my most favorite authors. I don't know what changed, but halfway through the book I had to keep reminding myself that this is one of my favorite series and I had to keep reading and finish it.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book a lot, devoured it and still felt the tingles in all the Avry & Kerrick moments, but it just wasn't as good as I expected it to be. There were some instances, where the dialogue just felt sloppy and forced. Also, although I love to get in Kerrick's head, the transition between the POVs were quite confusing. I kept comparing the book to Scent of Magic - how the latter was more exciting and kept me on edge.

But here's what I liked about the book. Taste of Darkness is twisty, dark and action-packed. It didn't lose the humor, romance and intriguing storyline that makes the trilogy impressive and engaging. We have Belen, Flea, the monkeys, Ryne and other new characters that make up an interesting plot. And we finally get to know who the Skeleton King is. But let me tell you, he's way creepier and villain-y than Tohon. (Come to think of it, I think I like Tohon better.)

Although Taste of Darkness isn't as great as I hoped, it was indeed a very good conclusion to the trilogy. The characters get their happily ever afters (finally) and all the loose ends were tied up nicely. Must read for the fans of the series!

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 10 Dec 2013 4

Maria never ceases to amaze me with her writing, being so exciting, plot driven, romantic and the surprising plot twists.
I was into it the whole time, always wanting to keep reading, and find out what Avry would disobey and where her instincts would lead her next.
My heart was pounding wondering if against all hope that Kerrick would be alive and that he and Avry could get their happily ever after.
I still love the secondary characters, the monkeys, Flea and his new ability with the added trouble of wondering what is the moral choice and if the good can possibly outweigh the bad with his magic.
She knows how to write an enemy that you just want to hate. They do such evil things, and I never know what to expect from them next.
The ending worked well for me, and I am still in love with the characters. Although I am not sure if this is the last book in the series or not, I mean it gave them an ending sounding ending, but it also left some strings open, and I can't find any info about another book.

Bottom Line: Exciting, fast paced and romantic addition to the series.

By Sarah Elizabeth 06 Nov 2013 4

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Healer’ trilogy, and picks up where book 2 left off.
Kerrick is poisoned by a death lily, and taken by the forest. Avry has no idea what has happened to him, why she has a whole bunch of patient̢۪s dying, or what is going on with Tohon and the Skeleton King.
Will Kerrick ever come back? Can Avry heal her patients when it seems a new plague has arisen? And can they defeat their enemies once and for all?


This was a good end to the series, and surprisingly it wasn̢۪t all about the war.

Avry took charge in this book, and really showed her strength as both a healer and a leader. She continued to put her own life at risk to help others, and kept her faith in Kerrick, even when all seemed lost. She also put real thought into trying to solve problems, and finding the best ways to do things.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I was pleased that it wasn’t all politics and war. I really couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Kerrick after the end of ‘Scent of Magic’, and I was happy with the way things turned out.
There was some action, and some twists, and there was also a little touch of romance. I thought that the story flowed well, and there was just enough going on to keep it interesting, but I didn̢۪t think that it was all that exciting strangely enough.
The ending was okay, and I was happy with the way things turned out. We did get a happy ending, and things were all tied up satisfactorily.
Overall; a good end to the series.
7 out of 10.

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"Snyder entertains readers with an intriguing storyline filled with fully formed characters paired with action, adventure and romance, all in equal doses." -RT Book Reviews on Scent of Magic