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.
Description taken from Goodreads.
It wasn’t immediately but very soon after I began TOUCH OF POWER that I realized what this book reminded me of. Sarah B. Larson’s DEFY. I loved DEFY, and so it was hard for me to fully enjoy TOUCH OF POWER, because I was constantly comparing it against another book. They both have their ups and downs, but overall I think I enjoyed DEFY more.
In terms of characters, I think that these two books are pretty evenly matched. I loved the characters in both of these stories, and their flaws, trials and weaknesses were all things I thought were realistic and something I could sympathize with. I also loved their strengths, their relationships with others and the way that relationships grew over time. Avry, the “band of rogues” who rescued her and many of the other allies (and even the enemies) of this book were all thought-out and fleshed out.
In terms of writing though, this is where the two books were really different. Of course, both authors have their own styles–but I thought that Sarah B. Larson’s style was a lot more clean and easy to understand. I also thought her pacing was better. In Snyder’s writing, there was a lot more banter that I ended up really enjoying, but at the same time the dialogue was hard to understand at times. It wasn’t only that. It was also very awkward, because it didn’t sound or feel like something someone would actually say.
An example of this (not in this book) could be, “You’re my best friend, as you know.”
Or “I got you ice cream, because I know it’s your favorite.”
Most people don’t actually say things like that naturally. That was why a lot of the things that the characters said felt unnatural to me.
In terms of plot, I also thought that DEFY was stronger. I loved the ideas behind Snyder’s plot, but I felt like some parts to the plot just were too far beyond the realm of possibility–almost as if she was working her way into an interesting idea and then slipped out the easy way.
I had hoped for more in TOUCH OF POWER, honestly. I was still very entertained by the story, but overall I had wanted more. It was a good read that I would recommend getting from your local library if you’re interested in the premise, but if I could only buy one or get one, then I would choose DEFY. 3 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 390
Series: Healer #1