Book Review: Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder

taste of darknessTitle: Taste of Darkness

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Series: Healer #3

Published: December 31, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA


Book Summary:

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 threat: 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.



So sad to have this series come to an end but so glad to get a “happily ever after” of sorts for the characters I have come to love.

Taste of Darkness was kind of gruesome at times.  There was a lot of war and violence and had some really sadistic characters.  The walking dead and cannibalism were not the funnest things to read about.

But countering out that gruesomeness was humor and romance and mystery and adventure.  I wish we had gotten just a little bit more right at the ending and that things had not wrapped up quite so quickly.  I am so grateful that I got the happily ever after I wanted for the characters I cared about most but there were a few loose ends that could have been tied up and I can never get enough of Avry and Kerrick so I would have loved another chapter.

Not much more I can say without giving away too many details of this great story.  I highly recommend this series.

5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it

Content: implied & fade to black sex, cannibalism, some language, violence

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  1. Gruesome is not really my thing, but humor and adventure, yessss !