Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder Blog Tour and Giveaway


The Healer Series
Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
published December 20, 2011
by Harlequin/MIRA

      BOOK SUMMARY:
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs 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....
In all of Maria V. Snyder's books there is some element of magic. This is not just limited to the characters and the story, but also the writing. Snyder has a way of putting together just the right words in the right way to create a world that the reader gets pulled into and holds them in until the last word... and wanting more. There is not a book by Maria V. Snyder that I have not loved.
Touch of Power is no exception. I read this book in about a day and a half. I just couldn't stop reading it.
Avry, although hunted and shunned by the survivors of the plague, selflessly helps those who need it. She is close to no one, as she doesn't know what has become of her family, and is constantly on the run and in hiding. But being a healer, she cannot sit back and watch someone, especially a child, succumb to whatever sickness is killing them, regardless of the consequences. She is fiesty, smart, and can even hold her own against the men she was rescued by. A great heroine to lead a great set of characters.
Belen, Flea, Kerrick, Quain, and Finn, as her unlikely saviors, are likeable, relate-able characters with whom she warms up to in no time, seeing them as not her captors, but her family. And although that is not a new concept to a story, it is nice to see how Avry drops her guard and warms up to them, and they to her. They no longer see her as an ends to a means, but as a person.
There is a great supporting cast of characters, most notably Tohon, the antagonist. He is perfectly written as the whiny-never have enough-want what someone else has man who wants to rule over all of the lands.
Knowing that this is the first book in a new series by Snyder, I am excited to see where she takes it. There are so many characters and plot-lines that can branch off in so many ways, and this book, although didn't have a completely open-ended ending, it definitely did not finalize anything, leaving a nice segue-way into the follow up book. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maria V. Snyder switched careers from meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times best-selling Study Series (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY and FIRE STUDY) about a young woman who becomes a poison taster.  When she’s not traveling, Maria lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and daughter.
For more information about Maria V. Snyder, Touch of Power, The Healer Series, or any of her other books you can find it here:


* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

There are two giveaways associated with this blog tour. The first one is through BCM: Harlequin is providing us a copy to giveaway to one luck person. Just fill out the form below.
There is also a grand prize giveaway going on over at Maria V. Snyder's blog. For information about the grand prize giveaway, go HERE.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds great, looking forward to this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. This is a great novel. It convinced me I need to read more of Snyder's work.

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  3. Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  4. Thanks for the review and chance to win the book!

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  5. This sounds like something I would like to read. Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

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  6. I loved this book. It capture me right away! Thanks for the review!

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  7. I want to read this so bad! Thanks for the review and the giveaway. =)

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  8. I can't wait to get into this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. This book sounds sooooo good! I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway

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  10. I've read all of Maria's books and loved them all. I went to my local Barnes and Noble and they weren't carrying any! I couldn't believe it.

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