Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria Snyder

Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Healer #1
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Released: December 20, 2011


Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes 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 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—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….

I love Maria Snyder’s writing.  Her Poison Study series is one of my favorites.  I read her Inside Out Series hoping to love it but thought it was just so-so.  Honestly I had high expectations for Touch of Power and thankfully I was not disappointed.  This book had a similar feel to her Poison Study series.  I loved how the relationship between Avry & Kerrick developed.  Their constant bantering back and forth was so fun to read.

I was sucked into the story from the first page and this was a book I didn’t want to stop reading and stayed up way too late to finish.  I’ve got the sequel Scent of Magic on my Kindle and can’t wait to have to time to start it.  Goodreads has this tagged as Young Adult but it’s adult or maybe New Adult.

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!

Content: About a dozen swear words throughout. Does contain sex but it’s not graphic.

Source: I have it on my Kindle but listened to an audio download from