- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Mira; Original edition (Dec 20 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778313077
- ISBN-13: 978-0778313076
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Touch of Power Paperback – Dec 20 2011
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Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.See all Product description
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Touch of Power is another amazing fantasy novel by Maria. Set in a world with medieval ways and a select few people with Magical skills, Maria laid the table for an epic adventure. I was completely engrossed by the dangerous atmosphere, with its characters trying to avoid ambushes from powerful enemies to reach a very specific goal. In fact, I was so compelled I read the whole book in one sitting, which is a rare feat for me.
Miss Snyder paid extra attention to details and it paid off. She painted a very realistic world and the magical abilities she blessed her characters with ' and their precise description- made the story that much more brilliant. The plot was also quite interesting. It starts in a slow and linear manner but at some point the routine the characters established will shatter and provide a very exciting and nerve-wracking second half of the book.
Maria's characters were endearing and to following their success and defeats proved to be quite a rollercoaster ride. Avry is a strong, pig-headed, compassionate woman with a strong motherly instinct. She always wants to do what's right, even putting her own life in danger to do so. Kerrick is a very enigmatic character and trying to figure him out along the journey was one of the highlights for me. I also have to mention Belen, the Poppa Bear, for whom I had a very sweet spot.
The end proved to be a very emotional one for me. I wept (snuff and all) through the end, so bad that I couldn't see the words anymore 'cause they were too blurry. Touch of Power really met my expectations and I truly can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series! Fantasy fans, make sure you don't miss that precious piece of fiction!
The story captured me right away. I liked how exciting it was and the mystery around Avry and her healing powers. Avry is a strong character, surviving on her own, but still has lots of room to grow. She is stubborn and smart. She does need some physical protection, especially at first, but she even grows this way as well.
The other characters in the book really made it for me, the band of rogues who kidnapped her were great and diverse and endearing. Kerrick is also good, the leader of this band - I like how he develops, though some of this is predictable. The tension between him and Avry was fun.
One of the things that really made this book good is the dilemma that Avry faces. I won't give this away, but I like that kind of moral dilemma being explored in a book.
Like the Study books, I found this one blurred that line between young adult and adult fantasy. I honestly wasn't sure how to classify this one, though it is probably adult. I really recommend this book to those who like fantasy adventure stories with some romantic tension.
I have to say first : don't mind the cover !! It looks cheesy and easy, which the story is not !!
This is a story about strong caracters and courage, and even if it's not ''gore'' or ''brutal'' you can feel darkness all along in the setting, with so much people dead of the plague, of starvation, healers being hanged, no one to enforce the law and all.
Sometimes it seems a bit easy for the unwilling heroine and her band of ''captors'' but it's all logical. Everything fits in place and seem like 'realistic' action/reaction (which I do like in a book.
The love story is there, in the background, but this is not a book for people looking for major romance.
I was a bit disapointed with the 'easy ending' which I won't tell besauce of spoilers but I know there's a second book coming so I hope it'll be explained in it.
All in all, A really good read !
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