Thursday, December 1, 2011

Excuse Me Whilst I Grab My Soapbox: Maria V. Snyder Edition

SoapBox Maria V. Snyder Edition- Epic Awesomesauce

Maria V. Snyder is a master storyteller. In all of her books she creates this intimate set of characters and a world that makes me want to disappear into their pages until they are finished. I am really captivated by all of her series and the beautiful relationships and qualities her characters have.

In Touch of Power we are introduced to Avry and we hear the story through her voice. Avry lives in a world that has very few magically inclined people in it, and as one of the last healers Avry has been struggling to hide and survive in a world that is out to destroy her. Carrying this huge gift Avry cannot help but heal the sick and dying children she sees, but at her last safe house where she has just saved a small girl, the townspeople call the authorities and send her to hangman. 
Rescued by a band of men who need her for heir own mission, Avry soon finds herself not only in the center of a war brewing but also a war with herself and the new relationships she is making along the way.

Touch of Power is an amazing book for any age. Mrs. Snyder brings us such a strong yet gentle caring character in Avry. We see her grow as a character and find her inner strength as she struggles and yet overcomes so much in the story.

Many times Maria V. Snyder reminds me of Tamora Pierce and her amazing story building and her fabulous characters. Both authors create theses fabulous worlds and their rich, heart-felt characters that really settle into the reader as they deal with all of their challenges and grow into these amazing young female characters. 

I think that many of us wish we could be like Avry in that we could have some undiscovered strength or power we have no realized and yet as we find it in ourselves and grow, we are also a part of some huge important adventure with supporting characters helping us along the way to achieve these great things. While I could never personally scale a mountain pass and save a kingdom, I can experience it through the pages. I also get to be a part of this whole range of emotions that roll through these series and their characters that Maria V. Snyder has created in each of her books. Every one of her books creates so many developments in their characters, that they become so unique and fabulous. 

There has never a better time than now to be a girl young or old to be able to read such richly detailed uplifting novels of heroine-ism than now. Maria V. Snyder has created something amazing for a vast growing generation of girls who want to achieve great things and strong female led books like hers help pave the way for girls to experience the growing potential of vibrant characters like Avry in a Touch of Power.

Thank you Maria V.  Snyder for creating these strong heroines for our girls to look up to.  

Touch of Power
by Maria V. Snyder
MIRA Publishing


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...
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this amazing and powerful book.

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