Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Touch of Power & Scent of Magic by Maria V. Synder

Title: Touch of Power & Scent of Magic (Healer series)
Author: Maria V. Synder
Age Group: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: 20th December 2011 & 18th December 2012
Publishers: Harleqiun MIRA
Available from: Touch of Power - Amazon

Scent of Magic - AmazonSource: Harlequin
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....

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal 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 confidant, 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.


Do NOT read "TOUCH OF POWER" or "SCENT OF MAGIC" until you get your hands on the next book in the series "TASTE OF DARKNESS". Unfortunately the last book in this series won't be released until late December 2013. Make sure that you have all 3 books and don't start reading until after Christmas because if you have children, you'll be able to find someone to take them or send them somewhere during the school holidays for a week. Once you know you've got everyone out of the house for a week, lay in all the food and drink supplies that you'll need. Pop a "Do not Disturb" note on the front door with some excuse that will keep everyone away, turn off the phones after you've told everyone that you're taking a week to yourself, cancel the newspapers for that week and organise a neighbour to collect your mail.
Now that you've organised a week of solitude, sit back, relax and read to your heart's content. The reason I'm saying all this is; once you start to get engrossed into the first book you'll not want to stop until all 3 books are read. Your mind will be swept away into this mythical world. You will feel as if you are a voyeur watching everything unfold in front of you. Your emotions will become involved in the adventure and you'll laugh, cry, get angry, say the occasional Awwww and actually want to offer your advice to the characters!
When I finished book 1, I immediately started book 2. When I finished book 2, I was craving book 3. Once book 3 comes onto the market I'll be buying it and going into isolation to start reading this series all over again. At least this time I'll be able to complete these adventures in full. I won't give you any "spoilers" about the story lines as I just would like you to enjoy it all for yourself.

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