Touch of Power

“Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured 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, the 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”

When we were trying to find new books, we mainly judged them based on their summaries. We did this because all books have bad reviews, and we didn’t want that to change our opinion of the book. As you can see from the summary, the story does have a very interesting plot line, but after reading it you still know nothing about the characters. What this book is lacking are the details. The characters, throughout all three books in the series, didn’t really change. Whenever someone was described it was almost the exact same way every time. For example, when you first meet the main character Avry, she is described as stubborn and selfless. Nothing ever changed. It was the same in the second book and the third book. Without the details the characters couldn’t come to life in my eyes, and there was no connection to them. This made the book a lot harder to read because you were disconnected from the characters. The characters seemed to be strong at times, and weak at others, but there was never an in between. The characters all had just a few major characteristics that were magnified throughout the series, but that made them static and boring. But, on a positive note, we did read all of them, so they had to be a little interesting. I did really like one of the characters, Flea, because the author didn’t try to make his emotions too obvious and he was very emotionally complex and sweet.

Another issue we found while reading the series, was some of the grammar in the book. For example, multiple times in the book, it says, “me, Kerrick, and Belen”, or, ”Flea and me”. These errors also make it hard to keep reading the book. Not to mention that some of the phrasing of words used makes absolutely no sense, or is just incredibly frank and boring. Figurative language would help helped tremendously to make the descriptions more accurate and imaginable. Although these errors are not very frequent, they occur often enough for us to be upset by them. You might just think we’re being ridiculous by being bothered by these issues, but seriously. She {Maria V. Snyder} had an editor, so why did these mistakes make it into the book? It is another thing that makes it very difficult to really get into this book and find refuge in it.

But, despite what we’ve said above, there are some good things about this book. The plot was amazing and this story idea had really good potential. The characters, if developed a bit more, would have been really interesting to read about. And there actually were a few characters that were relatively developed and very easy to feel connected to (not giving any more names). But we definitely would NOT recommend this book to you guys.