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Books: Touch of Power 
10th-Mar-2012 10:38 pm
Today to Read
Touch of Power, by Maria V. Snyder. Fantasy romance. 390 pages, paperback. First in the series.

The last healer in fifteen kingdoms, Avry is the last best hope for peace after four years of war and plague... if she can get over the Nine Mountains to heal Prince Ryne of the Plague. And really, she'd rather not. He's the reason there is a death price on her head in the first place. But she can't convince the pack of men who've "rescued" her of that little issue.

I enjoyed aspects of the book, especially the descriptions of magic and of the plants. What I really didn't enjoy were the jackass attitudes of the main male characters. If anger and sullen word-play are how men show their love, then Avry has every right to be confused and wary. (Remember, boys and girls, this book came out of the Barnes and Nobel romance section.)

I picked it up because I enjoyed Snyder's Poison Study trilogy, but then didn't enjoy her Glass series enough to finish that trilogy. I was hoping for a new character and setting back in the Study model. While the Power structure is much the same as the first Study book (complete with know-it-all male "hero" leads), this one lacks a certain edge that I can't quite define in its absence.

I'd recommend it to easily satisfied fantasy readers who appreciate a character who keeps her word regardless of how it is given. In that way, this book is very much like Prized.

New-to-me Books for 2012

January
House of the Star by Caitlin Brennan, YA fantasy. 282 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); straight into the giveawaybox (eta: gone)
Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey, Fantasy. 404 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 2/5 stars on Goodreads (2 = "it was OK"), 3/5 stars on Amazon (3 = "it was OK"); straight into the giveawaybox (eta: gone)
Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt, Urban fantasy. 336 pages; paperback; first in the series. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); going to keep it around and loan it to friends
Hexed edited by uncredited, listed under the first author, Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy, 326 pages. Paperback; anthology of four novellas. 3/5 stars on Goodreads, 4/5 stars on Amazon; going to loan it to friends who like Kate Daniels, then likely give it away.
Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White. YA Fantasy, 335 pages. Hardback; first in the series. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
Stormwalker, by Allyson James. Urban Fantasy, 330 pages. Paperback; first in the series. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson. YA Fantasy, 423 pages. Hardback, stand-alone. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole. Urban Fantasy... sort of... 382 pages. Paperback, first in the series. [4/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.

February
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, fantasy. 672 pages. Paperback; first in the series.[4/5 on Goodreads] Borrowed.
Westward Weird edited by Martin Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes. Hell-if-I-know, 302 pages. Paperback, anthology. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.
Discount Armageddon, by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy, 360 pages. Paperback; first in the series. Keeping it for now.

March
Fair Game, by Patricia Briggs, Urban fantasy. 293 pages; hardback; third in the series. Keeping it.
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, Urban fantasy. 308 pages; paperback; anthology. Giveawaybox.
Tempting Danger, by Eileen Wilks. Paranormal romance, 301 pages. Paperback, first in the series. Giveawaybox.
Too Much Information, by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes. Comic, 127 pages. Paperback. 9th in the series. Keeping it.
Touch of Power, by Maria V. Snyder. Fantasy romance. 390 pages, paperback. First in the series. Giveawaybox.

In case you want back references, here is the Books for 2011 round-up post
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