Monday, 1 April 2013

Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Avry’s power to heal the sick should earn her respect in the plague-torn land of Kazan. Instead she is feared. Her kind are blamed for the horrifying disease that has taken hold of the nation. When Avry uses her forbidden magic to save a dying child, she faces the guillotine. Until a dark, mysterious man rescues her from her prison cell. His people need Avry’s magic to save their dying prince. The very prince who first unleashed the plague on Kazan.

Saving the prince is certain to kill Avry – yet she already faces a violent death. Now she must choose – use her healing touch to show the ultimate mercy or die a martyr to a lost cause?

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1)(Source: Purchased on kindle from for only £1.09!)
Avry lives her life in fear. One of few remaining healers, she’s constantly in fear of being recognised and executed, after a plague that killed millions was rumoured to have been started by the very healers themselves.
Avry can’t stop herself from helping a dying child though, and keeps revealing herself to aid a child, only to then have to run again.

This time Avry has made an error in judgement though, and finds herself in the local prison waiting to be hanged. It’s then that Kerrick and his men come to rescue her, and she finds herself with a new problem.
Kerrick wants to take her to Prince Ryne so that she can heal him, but not only does Avry not like Prince Ryne, but healing him of the plague will kill her.
What will Avry do? Can she escape Kerrick and his men? Will she be forced to heal Ryne? And what does the future hold in store for the world’s only remaining healer?

I really enjoyed this book, the writing gripped me right from the beginning, and even though this was a fantasy story, I managed to keep up with the storyline pretty well!

Avry was a very selfless person, and she also cared very deeply for children. It was both good and bad that she couldn’t leave a child to die, as every time she healed someone and exposed herself she had to go on the run again. I felt really sorry for Avry over this, as the plague was totally not her fault, yet the people saw fit to kill every healer they found.

Kerrick had obviously had problems in the past, and seemed solely focused on getting Avry to Ryne in time for her to heal him. He was quite standoffish most of the time, and it was no wonder that Avry disliked him at first, as he seemed to want only to torment her.

There was a hint of romance in this story, but not a lot. It seems inevitable that something will happen between Avry and Kerrick, but very little actually happens with regard to this until very late in the book.

I liked the storyline, and I liked that Avry stood up for herself and said ‘NO’ to Kerrick when he explained what he wanted her to do. I have to say that some of the groups plans were a little lacking a times though, and Avry’s plan to go to the castle, and that she’ll then ‘come up with something’ was a little worrying!

I liked the ending, and I liked how this book had an end even though there are more books which follow it. I hadn’t guessed the ending, and I thought that it was very fitting! Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Overall; a great fantasy adventure!
8 out of 10.


  1. I really liked this book! The second one, Scent of Magic, is great, too. :)

  2. This does sound like a gripping story. I have been holding off on this book for some time but I think it's time to buy it.