Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.
About the Healer series
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…
Favourite Character/s: Avry, Kerrick
Favourite Pairing/s: Avry/Kerrich
Favourite Cover: Touch of Power
Favourite Book: Touch of Power
Why I liked this series
IT HAD A MAP. No, really. I always find this gives the book a +5 for me… Although the world in which Touch of Power was set could have been a bit more fleshed out, I still enjoyed Avry’s adventures around the continent and everything she found within it – such as the death and peace lilys. High fantasy stories like this can often be swallowed by their world, but Maria V. Snyder managed to keep such a large space feeling quite simplistic.
I also adored the fact that Avry was 20 years old. As I’m getting older, I can relate to protagonists better when they aren’t 15 or 16 years old. I immediately sympathised with her and found her to be likeable. There is ‘oodles’ of character development, even when the plot is slow. It somehow kept me reading into the wee hours of the night.
Why I disliked this series
On the world-building again, although I enjoyed it was simplistic, I would have liked to know what each realm DID prior to the war, and why they were sectioned off the way they were.
As for the finale, Taste of Darkness, although I still enjoyed it, it was the weakest in the trilogy for me. We got ‘more of the same’, which can be both a blessing and a curse. It didn’t feel much like a finalle, as for a good portion of the book Avry and the gang were still figuring out things that weren’t resolved earlier.
When the ending finale came around, I felt a little robbed. There was never any threat of danger, as our main characters could always be revived (miraculously!) and the ‘big bad’ characters always conveniently carked it when they became too tiresome to the plot. Despite all this, Maria V. Snyder managed to keep me invested in this series, and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it.
Would I read this series again? I’ve read the first book twice now! So, yes.
Would I recommend this series? To fans of high fantasy
This series in one word: Safe.