Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder
Summary: 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....
Review: A story about a group of men in a rush to heal their leader, yet who take their grand old time when they finally have the healer.
Yes, that’s what annoyed me the most about this book. Kerrick has been searching for years to find a healer to heal Ryne and obviously there is a sense of urgency about the quest since other forces are stepping up in the power void. They finally find their healer (the last one!!!) and instead of rushing straight to Ryne, they go on many side adventures. Of course there is plenty of time for bonding and getting to know one another.
The world setting was quite vague. There were fifteen realms, but only a few were actually named and you didn’t learn much about them and how they came about. It was mentioned in the book how plague destroyed the government. A president was also mentioned. Were the fifteen realms created after the plague destroyed the government? Why would there be a president? It felt like the author was trying to create a setting that would fit with her story. There was magic, kings and queens, priests, castles, market towns, forests, and the like. It was a watered down version of a fantasy setting.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy romances set in a light fantasy setting.