Touch of Power

Touch of Power

Book rating: 04 Paperback An Avry of Kazan Novel

By (author) Maria V. Snyder

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  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 28mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 6 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond
  • ISBN 10: 1848450923
  • ISBN 13: 9781848450929
  • Sales rank: 10,891

Product description

THEY DESTROYED HER WORLD. BUT SHE'S THEIR ONLY HOPE...Avry's power to heal the sick should earn her respect in the plague-torn land of Kazan. Instead she is feared. Her kind are blamed for the horrifying disease that has taken hold of the nation. When Avry uses her forbidden magic to save a dying child, she faces the guillotine. Until a dark, mysterious man rescues her from her prison cell. His people need Avry's magic to save their dying prince. The very prince who first unleashed the plague on Kazan. Saving the prince is certain to kill Avry - yet she already faces a violent death. Now she must choose - use her healing touch to show the ultimate mercy or die a martyr to a lost cause?

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By Katie Dwight 06 Jun 2013 5

This book is absolutely magical! At first I thought it might be a little far fetched but the fantasy mixed with reality, the wonderful dynamic characters and the excitement and action makes this a very hard book to put down.

I love that this book is the first in the series, there is so much more to come and I can't wait! A great read for anyone who wants to add a little magic to their collection!

By Sarah Elizabeth 26 Mar 2013 4

(Source: Purchased on kindle from Amazon.co.uk for only £1.09!)
Avry lives her life in fear. One of few remaining healers, she's constantly in fear of being recognised and executed, after a plague that killed millions was rumoured to have been started by the very healers themselves.
Avry can't stop herself from helping a dying child though, and keeps revealing herself to aid a child, only to then have to run again.

This time Avry has made an error in judgement though, and finds herself in the local prison waiting to be hanged. It's then that Kerrick and his men come to rescue her, and she finds herself with a new problem.
Kerrick wants to take her to Prince Ryne so that she can heal him, but not only does Avry not like Prince Ryne, but healing him of the plague will kill her.
What will Avry do? Can she escape Kerrick and his men? Will she be forced to heal Ryne? And what does the future hold in store for the world's only remaining healer?


I really enjoyed this book, the writing gripped me right from the beginning, and even though this was a fantasy story, I managed to keep up with the storyline pretty well!

Avry was a very selfless person, and she also cared very deeply for children. It was both good and bad that she couldn't leave a child to die, as every time she healed someone and exposed herself she had to go on the run again. I felt really sorry for Avry over this, as the plague was totally not her fault, yet the people saw fit to kill every healer they found.

Kerrick had obviously had problems in the past, and seemed solely focused on getting Avry to Ryne in time for her to heal him. He was quite standoffish most of the time, and it was no wonder that Avry disliked him at first, as he seemed to want only to torment her.

There was a hint of romance in this story, but not a lot. It seems inevitable that something will happen between Avry and Kerrick, but very little actually happens with regard to this until very late in the book.

I liked the storyline, and I liked that Avry stood up for herself and said 'NO' to Kerrick when he explained what he wanted her to do. I have to say that some of the groups plans were a little lacking a times though, and Avry's plan to go to the castle, and that she'll then 'come up with something' was a little worrying!

I liked the ending, and I liked how this book had an end even though there are more books which follow it. I hadn't guessed the ending, and I thought that it was very fitting! Can't wait to see what happens next!
Overall; a great fantasy adventure!
8 out of 10.

By Leonor (Ner) 30 Nov 2012 5

Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"

*This review might contain spoilers!*

This book had so many great reviews around it my expectations were slightly higher than usual. The moment I first saw the cover and book trailer and then read the plot plus the reviews, I knew I had to get my hands on this book quite fast. And, being honest, I have to thank Dani from Pen to Paper to made up my mind as whether to buy this book now or wait a little bit more of time.

This book starts off with action... there's no flourishing at the beginning. Maria V. Snyder starts the book with a huge bang! and the actions unfolds right before our eyes. Avry doesn't introduces herself straight away with "Hello, this is Avry the last healer in the Fifteen Realms and this is what happened!". No, you discover the story as the novel flows. And it was so well-constructed you just couldn't put the book down. You had to keep reading in order to know what was going to happen next. If the main plot was already interesting, the deeper you get, the more overwhelmed you get. Each chapter brings something new, a new adventure or a new discovery that makes you gasp in surprise.

The characters were so well developed, specially Avry, a true hero. She isn't a damsel in distress. She has been alone for a couple of years since the plague almost destroyed the Fifteen Realms and she had to hide herself. As a Healer, her touch is power but she has to conceal it. The Healers were accused of having started the plague therefore, she has to hide and try really hard not to help sick people. Actually, the novel starts with it: Avry isn't able to stop herself and heals a child. That almost kills her in the gallows.

She's strong and her personality is simply amazing. She's funny and sarcastic but really mature. She doesn't think about herself and doesn't mind dying in order to save innocent people. There's always a hint about her you can relate yourself with, and, as her background story finds the surface, you can feel her sorrow and her pain. And having her sister betraying her and her family killed, does bring her down for a moment, but then she finds her path to help order. And she doesn't give up.

Kerrick was a awesome character even if, at times, I just wanted to slap him when we first meet him. When Avry (and us) meet him at the beginning of the novel, he's a bit rude and bossy... but then we finally see his true colours and in fact, that coldness is a shield. His past was harsh and he closes himself behind that initial mask because of everything that happened. When Avry finally breaks the "heartless" Kerrick, he's just a wonderful prince. In fact, their relationship was the most interesting thing about them two. It wasn't forced, love at first sight. Instead of being a rather shallow relationship in which both try their hard not to fall in love but are immediately in love, their "romance" came as believable and unforceful. It was realistic and expected.

Tohon's character was, for me, a bit too much. But he managed to scare the hell out of me with those zombies. I felt Avry fright in my bones, so you can see how true Avry was and how scary those things were. He was too manipulative and too narrow, simply horrible. And I wished he was beheaded right at the end... well, I guess I'll have to deal more with him in the next book.

I have to be utter honest, my favourite character wasn't Kerrick as I thought it would be. To my surprise, I found myself loving Belen. His character was so warm and had such a great heart. He's like a older brother and if Maria V. Snyder had killed him, I would be really upset.

I have to thank Dani, once again, for recommending this book to her followers. It was such an amazing book it will be hard for me not to buy the second one as soon as it comes out.

So, if you haven't read this book yet, go and pick it up as soon as possible 'cause Scent of Magic is coming out this December.