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Touch of Power Paperback – Dec 20 2011

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fans of high-spirited adventure, intrigue and romance will celebrate."

-Publishers Weekly on Fire Study

"This is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it."

-Publishers Weekly Starred Review on Poison Study

"The rare sequel to live up to the promise of its predecessor, Magic Study is a wonderful combination of romance and fantasy." (Editor's Pick: Best of 2006-Romance)

"Snyder delivers another excellent adventure."

-Publishers Weekly on Fire Study

"...a compelling new fantasy series."

-SFX Magazine on Sea Glass

About the Author

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

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Avry is the same character as Yelena and Opal. And Kerrick is the same physically abusive, intolerant jerk who treats her terribly until declaring his love for her at which point she magically realizes that she's absolutely in love with him too. But, the good news is that if you liked the previous two series, you'll also like this one. It's as simple as that. I won't bother to mention what's good about this book or what's bad about it because it's exactly like the others.
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Avry has a very unique talent and a group of man are ready to do anything to keep her alive. See, she is the last of Healers, a group able to assume other people's injuries and heal themselves ' or die trying. There used to be many of them, but after the plague hit the Fifteen Realms, the Healers were accused of spreading it, leading to a witch hunt of uncontrollable proportions. Kerrick and his rogue band will break her out of prison and save her from the pier, protect her from mercenaries, all the while dragging her to heal a King, victim of the plague. But healing this man will cost her own life, is she willing to make the sacrifice?

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.
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I loved Maria Snyder's Study books and was so excited when I saw Touch of Power. Snyder has a way of creating vivid new worlds and intriguing plots and this book is no exception. I enjoyed the chatty feel and quirky humour in the book - that combined with the adventure and twists made for a page turning read.

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.
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This is my very first review here I think.

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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By LBM on June 19 2012
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It's not that this book didn't engage me: it's that it seems like a paler, more "YA", watered-down version of the "Magic Study" books. Not romance, and not true fantasy, it's a hodge-podge of made-up, medieval, and modern there is some jarringly use of current slang, that pulls you right out of the story when it pops up). The characters are likeable but the book is so simplistic, it's ultimately not very satisfying. And the cover is both unrelated to the plot, and so childish/girly that I didn't consider it appropriate "subway reading" for myself, an adult. The stories feature lilies with the power of life and death, that envelop a person whole - not shining callas!
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