Touch of Power

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Touch of Power, by Maria V. Synder, was a fantastic read when I was younger, and was just as good when I read it again as an adult.

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The first in it’s series, Touch of Power takes you into the world of Fifteen Kingdoms, where a plague has spread across the land and has taken thousands with it. As the reader, you get to follow Avry, a Healer who is able to relieve people of their injuries and sicknesses, as she faces a world where people like her are being hunted due to their abilities. As Avry finds herself banding with a group of rogues, she is faced with the moral dilemma of whether or not she should heal the Prince, who she believes is the cause of the hatred that has spread towards Healers.

“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 princeโ€”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….” -Book Synopsis

It was very easy to find myself enraptured by this book. Synder does a wonderful job painting a world that is easy to lose yourself in. As a huge fan of fictional novels, this one has definitely made it’s way towards the top. Every time I read this book I found it was hard to put it down, and I was only at peace once I had read the whole thing. The entire series is a phenomenal read and won’t leave you disappointed after reading it.

Cristina Gottardi

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