Mon, February 4, 2013

Maria V. Snyder’s Healer Series Review

Touch of Power book cover

Touch of Power book cover

Touch of Power
By Maria V. Snyder
Publication date: Dec. 20, 2011
Mira, 390 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes 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…

— Goodreads.com description

Scent of Magic book cover

Scent of Magic
By Maria V. Snyder
Publication date: Dec. 18, 2012
Harlequin MIRA, 414 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again.

— Goodreads.com description

I absolutely adored Maria V. Snyder’s Healer (Poison Study) series, so I had high hopes for the Healer series. And wooooo it lived up to my expectations.

Snyder’s writing style is very simple and reserved, which isn’t my usual preference. But her fantasy stories are so well realized in terms of plot and setting and adventure that I, frankly, don’t really care that it’s not as flowery or emotional as the books I typically go for.

Respecting that, I’ll keep this short and simple, too: Anyone who loves fantasy, adventure and kick-ass female leads in their book should check this one out. War! Magic! What’s not to love?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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8 Comments

  1. DannyBookworm said:

    I love this series too! I still have to read the second one though, but it’s a great fantasy series:))

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  2. Bookworm1858 said:

    I really like this series so far-I hope the third book will be amazing as well! I think I even like Avry more than Yelena, which I would have thought would be impossible.

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  3. Sarah said:

    I loved the first book. I’m a bit worried about the fact that the two leads are separated in the second book – I might not enjoy it as much.

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  4. YA Book Queen said:

    “Anyone who loves fantasy, adventure and kick-ass female leads in their book should check this one out.” – Okay, so I obviously need to read this, because it sounds like my kind of series!

    Fantastic review 🙂

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  5. Mary @ My Sister’s Bookshelf said:

    These are frequent re-reads for me! All of Snyder’s books are – such great comfort food… I mean books…

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  6. Rebecca said:

    I agree! I love Maria V. Snyder, and would probably read anything she writes. Have you heard that she’s writing three more Study books? I about died upon hearing the news. <3

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  7. Alexa Y. said:

    Yes, I thoroughly enjoy this series! I’m looking forward to starting her Study series (which I haven’t read yet). It’s bound to be amazing 🙂

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  8. jen said:

    I have not read anything by MVS, but I do own two of the Poison Study books. Perhaps this should be amended?

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