Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira, 390 pages
Publication Date: December 20, 2011
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....
Fantasy done right. Magic, political intrigue, incredible and intricate world-building, great characters (including the villains), slow-building romance, this book has it all. Avry is such a great heroine. She's strong, a bit feisty, and sarcastic. What's not to love? And the group of men who abduct her are well-fleshed out and each one is distinctive. I just loved their interactions with each other and with Avry. There's Kerrick, the leader, who has his own magic (the strong and silent type who Avry continually defies); there's Belen, who Avry nicknames Poppa Bear (and it so fits); Flea, the young thief who learns to juggle; and Loren and Quain (who they call "the monkeys"). What a wonderful world Maria V. Snyder has created...she has her own form of magic. I loved loved loved this book.
Posted by: Pam