Blurb: Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs 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 Fifteen Realms, 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: I had seen this book/series a while ago, but for some reason didn’t pick it up. I think I was under the impression that it was a young adult book, but it turns out that it isn’t. So glad I took a second look.
This is a different type of story than what we’ve seen from Ms. Snyder’s Study, Glass and Soul Finder series, but it is just as good as all of those. While those three series are connected and set in the same world, this series is totally new with new characters as well as a new world.
Much of this story is meant to get the readers really sunk into this new world and introduce them to all the different facets around the political climate. There is a lot going on and while there are a few primary protagonist characters, there are also lots of antagonists that are important factors as well. We get to meet a lot on both sides.
Avry’s character in particular is pretty awesome. She is so not a pushover and absolutely has a mind of her own. Even though I’ve classed this as a romance as well as a fantasy, the focus isn’t really on the romantic side of things, but more on Avry, her allies and the difficulties she needs to deal with and overcome.
Readers are left with lots of questions by the end of the story, in a good way. It didn’t leave them hanging, but opened the door for all kinds of “What’s next?” scenarios. I’m definitely putting the next one on my list.