“Raging plant life that wants to eat you, a plague so dark even a healer can't fix it and one woman who is the last of her kind will have you racing to the conclusion.”
From Goodreads: 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…
Some of the best fantastical worlds in recent history are penned by Maria V. Snyder. Whether we are following a prisoner turned food taster, or a pipe cleaner turned revolutionary Snyder brings top notch world building to the page.
In this latest series for the adult market Avry is a healer on the run. When the plague came to Avry’s world the healers were unable work their magic to make it go away. They became hated, and then they became the hunted. Avry heals a dying child and is turned into the authorities by the child’s father. She is broken out of prison by a strange man she learns that by going with him she escaped one death to faced with another.
She is the last of her kind. The only healer left and it has become her duty to heal a prince so that he can save the kingdom from civil unrest and utter destruction. Even under the threat of world war Avry is reluctant to heal the prince. When she tries to run away from the group who stole her way from the jail, she learns much about who they are and why she must do what is right.
Touch of Power is a dynamic fantasy with dystopian elements. It covers romance, genocide, and features compelling character interaction and friendships. I think the book crosses over well to the YA audience and should be on the ‘must read’ list of any fantasy lover.
I cannot wait to see what happens in the sequel.