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....
I really enjoyed this book! It's the first time I've read anything written by the author, Maria V. Snyder, and I must say I truly appreciate her style of writing! Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and Ms. Snyder did not let me down.
The characters are developed nicely. Each has his or her own quirks that makes them unique individuals. Yes, there's a romance, but it doesn't get in the way of the story.
The story is well-paced, without being rushed, so it's easy to keep up with the action. It's an interesting premise, healers who may be guilty of spreading the plague. They must sacrifice all to heal anyone stricken with it. It reminded me of one of my favorite original Star Trek episodes where the alien species can heal, but must learn to not be afraid of the pain they take from the sick and wounded. Will Avry heal the prince? Find out for yourself, I'm not telling! It's definitely worth the read!
I give this book 4 Bookworms!
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Mira; Original edition (December 20, 2011)
Ebook ASIN: B0067LVJSS