I’ll be honest. I don’t read as much fantasy as I should. I mean, fantasy books have a tendency to be long. But I saw Touch of Power at the bookshop. It looked interesting, so I borrowed it out from the library. Yep. It’s a thick one. But not knock-out thick. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great tension. The stakes were high. The cover was cool. (So are the UK and US and other Australian cover — how rare is that? Three great covers and it was only published last year!)
First off, there are some pretty cool characters. Avry, the protagonist. She’s great. She’s stubborn and brave, but really, really compassionate. And a little bit snarky. Then there’s her grumpy captor, Kerrick. And Belen, the giant warrior who’s a big softy. And Flea. He was cool, too. The villan wans’t… terrifying, though. We don’t get to meet him for quite some time. In fact, he doesn’t even pop up till about half way through (maybe not quite) and he’s more… revolting than horrifying. Which works his purpose, I guess, but I just wanted to smack him with a frying pan, not cower in terror.
For my jubliant pluses, it did have its share of negatives that took it down from my origonal elated 5 Stars. Firstly, a great character died. And…they didn’t mourn enough for all he was worth. I was disappointed in them. Show some proper horror! I’d say it’s PG13 in book form, because there was mild sexual content and a bit of bad language, which didn’t really fit the fantasy setting.
At the beginning it says that Avry’s 20. Then… it felt like she was more like the average 16 year old protagonist. By the end I was glad she was 20, but… I’m being picky. Sometimes the dialogue felt a bit lower-level, like Ranger’s Apprentice, but I laughed. Out loud. Tick.
I adored the details. As a healer, Avry takes people’s pain and feels it herself, and the description there… wow. It’s not macabre oh-that’s-horribly-violent! It’s more… realistic. And yes, the book is a bit violent, but come on. It’s fantasy. Also, I loved the magic powers. The Forest Mage, the Healers, the one who could thicken air… awesome. So. Cool. Fancy being able to control air.
All up, brilliant book, can’t wait for the sequels, and I am so rereading this.