Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

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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 Fifteen Realms, 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….


About Maria V. Snyder

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Maria V. Snyder was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University in 1988, before deciding to become a novelist in 1995. Snyder graduated with a Master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2007. The first two books in Snyder's popular fantasy/romance Study series, Poison Study and Magic Study, were Booksense picks in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Poison Study received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and Magic Study was a RITA Award finalist. Snyder has also written science fiction short stories and freelance magazine and newspaper articles, in addition to teaching fiction writing classes at a local college. Her book Spy Glass was published in 2010 and landed on the New York Times bestseller list.
Published January 1, 2012 by MIRA. 396 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In attempting to heal the first victims, the healers then died, so the Healer Guild sent out a letter to members telling them not to heal individuals with certain symptoms, explaining that success was unlikely.

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The Bookbag

Summary: The people of the Fifteen Realms believe healers caused the plague which has decimated their world, and any healer caught is executed without trial.

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Format Read: e-ARC from NetGalleyNumber of Pages: 394 pagesRelease Date: December 20th 2011Publisher: MiraSeries: Healer Book 1Formats Available: Paperback, e-book, Kindle editionPurchasing Info:, Book Depository,Barnes&Noble, Author’s Website, Goodreads, PublisherBook Blurb:Laying han...

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No, wait…it is a crucial element, but it’s not the point of the book.

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Starburst Magazine

though we are meant to care about Avry and the people she meets on the way, the real star of the novel is the plague ravaged world they live in, and the strange and wonderful horrors that surround them.

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Here is what I loved so much about this novel: The Setting Was Magical: I instantly fell in love with the Fifteen Realms where the story takes place.

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The Saturday Evening Post

She – and Avry – quickly draw readers into this new, fascinating world with characters who are not always as they seem.

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