Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder *spoiler free*

Rating: 5/5 
Categorization: Adult Fantasy, Adventure, Romance 
Length: 390 pages 
Plans to continue with the series: I already have!

What this story has to offer you:

Healing and other magical abilities
Waring Kingdoms
Politics & Controversy
Unspecific Middle Ages-esq Technology
People decimated by a plague
A standoffish love interest
The camaraderie of a group of guys out on the land
Caves and forests
Man eating foliage--Yep, just read it

I loved this book!  5/5, 5/5, 5/5I swear I have been yelling that to all the people around me for the past week. There is something very particular that i love about this book.  Unfortunately, i cannot pinpoint exactly what that is.  It is similar to the feeling i get from watching Legend of the Seeker, and Firefly.  There is a cast of sympathetic characters with witty banter and a sense of real camaraderie.  There is a specific objective, and all matter of evil getting in their way.  The journey feels adventurous.  Both gain and loss are experienced.  Yet, this book feels incredibly GOOD the whole time.  Everything that happens seems to progress logically and in real time.  Well okay, maybe logical is not the word i am looking for.  There are plenty of magical elements, and fantastic elements, throughout this story.  It is so easy to become emotionally invested.  Any sudden or unexpected obstacles do not just jump out from nowhere simply for the sake of creating conflict.  The drama that ensues does not feel shallow or fake.  This was an immersive read.  I was ready to jump in, and adventure with its characters.  Even with all the danger.

Read the synopsis on Goodreads: 

Let me know your thoughts on this series.  What you think of the rest of the author's works?  And if you know of any other series with a similar feel?!

Thanks for reading!
A very happy Manda