Expected publication date: 20/12/11GoodReads summary: 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....
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I'm a huge fan of Snyder's Study trilogy, so when I heard about this book I was beyond excited. Having read I can say that Touch of Power is full of magic, adventure and a spell binding romance!
Snyder has once again done a fantastic job of creating a set likable and layered characters. Avry is kind, smart, and strong willed - everything I admire in a female lead. I loved her interactions with Kerrick and his men, the banter between them was hilarious.
At first, I wasn't a fan of Kerrick. However, as the book progresses you begin to see the softer side of him, and I (along with Avry) began swooning *cough* I mean warming to him.
The world building was brilliant, the rich description and vivid imagery sets you on edge as you begin to learn about the different realms.
The villain was an interesting character. For the most part I saw him as evil, but there were instances where he would suddenly change and become almost charming and vulnerable.
Overall, Touch of Power was an enjoyable read and I look forward to picking up the sequel.