Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Healer #1
Published by: MIRA
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured 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, the 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.
*This contains spoilers, because there is something I have to mention*
It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished Touch of Power, and usually don’t even post anything about books that I don’t care for, but I have to for this one. There were some issues I can’t be quiet about. This was the first book I read by Snyder, so I really didn’t know what to expect. The premise of the story is very intriguing. I love the idea of the healers who can literally take on the ailment of others, but will heal faster than a regular person. When a plague wipes out a large population of people, the healers are blamed because that is the one thing they can’t heal, so it turns into a witch hunt. One healer has survived, and lives on the run hiding who and what she is. Seriously, I really liked that idea, but there are some things that really irked me.
I mostly liked Avery, the main character. I liked her compassion, stubbornness, and her dash of snark. I also like most of the guys who rescued/kidnapped Avery. But something I can’t get past is that Kerrick hit her in the face so hard out of anger, that it caused serious damage. But I guess it’s okay since she heals quick. Ugh! Then he shackled her to a tree and starved her because she refuses to heal his friend. So he’s an abusive bully. But wait! Suddenly he loves her, and she loves him. And according to Kerrick, she changed him. Wtf? Wow, am I the only one who sees how unbelievably messed up that is? I can’t get past that. If the author hadn’t made him a physically abusive bully, and then turned that into love, I probably would’ve been able to enjoy this book a lot more. It’s really disgusting that that type of thing was romanticized and turned into love because she supposedly “changed” him.
Honestly, at times I did enjoy the book, but then things would happen that turned me back off. I don’t want to get attacked for not liking the book and expressing why I didn’t, but that was such a huge issue that I couldn’t ignore. I’m not going to tell people that they shouldn’t read it, because there are obviously a lot of people who really enjoyed this book. I just can’t condone something like that, though.
Oh, and one last thing: Tohon saying “my dear” so many times drove me crazy!