Touch of Power
by Maria Snyder
Healer series, book one
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…. (description from Amazon.com)
Maria Snyder wowed me again. I have not ripped through one of her books like this since I originally read Poison Study. This one is now officially my second favorite of all her books. :)
I loved not only Avry, who was a strong-willed, determined, and compassionate character, but also the fascinating world that she lives in. The plague that has beseiged their world and what she comes to think may be the cause...
Of course, there is also romance, danger, intrigue, and poison... all elements that combine into a whirlwind of a fantastic read. The descriptions were wonderful, the world building was great, and the characters touched my heart. Definitely worthy of a GOLD STAR.
I cannot wait to dive into Avry's story again in book two of the Healer series, which sadly does not come out until 2013. I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait!!
Full disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley