Who is worth the greatest sacrifice? Who is worth a journey of hardship, loss and pain? Who is worth your life?
Avry of Kazan, the leading character in Maria V. Snyder’s Touch of Power, is the only healer to survive the devastating aftermath of the plague which wiped out nearly two thirds of the population. With a bounty on her head, and her healing powers in huge demand, Avry alone faces the heart wrenching decision as to whom she will sacrifice her life for. Now that she has something worth living for again, Avry’s choice is all the more difficult to make.
Touch of Power is a tension filled, young adult novel, with mystery and budding romances around every corner. Published in 2012, the author tells a tale of struggle and desperation, and explores the inward battle to determine who is worth trusting, and who is worth the ultimate sacrifice.
In a land formerly segmented into provinces known as The Fifteen Realms, Touch of Power follows Avry’s journey to save a plague-stricken prince. The only problem is, Avry’s decision to heal the prince is not her own, but has been predetermined for her by Kerrick, the brooding leader of a small group of rebels who ‘saved’ her from execution.
From previous experience with the sick Prince Ryne, Avry’s opinion of him is low to say the least. However, as her journey continues, and Kerrick’s patience wears thin, Avry learns of hidden truths which have been buried for years. Now her future actions may not only influence the fate of the prince, but that of all the fifteen realms.
I found this book to be beautifully written and easy to read. With every chapter I became more and more interested in the characters and their stories, and the suspense at stages kept me alert and hurrying to read the next page.
By the end I was relieved that the sequel was there and ready for me to get stuck into, as it is a truly alluring book. The ending went along perfectly, and could not have been put better, but at the same time it left you wanting more and craving to read Scent of Magic.
I strongly recommend Touch of Power to anyone who loves a good fantasy/romance, and is up for something wonderfully unique and well written. If you’re a frequent reader of fiction you will definitely fall in love with this book and it’s intriguing characters. However, if you read very little, Touch of Power may turn you into a bookworm yet.