As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.
Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.
War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again.
This was even better than the first book in the series, Touch of Power. It’s incredible how many plot twist Maria V. Snyder can fit into one book, and I loved every moment. I even grew to love Kerrick in this book! I wasn’t expecting that. Seriously, I don’t think I really have any complaints about the book (which is very strange).
I love Maria V. Snyder’s characters, and they’re great in this book. Avry, yet again, is really awesome. She does so much and is great and really strong and stubborn and I love her. Kerrick becomes brilliant and I found myself really enjoying the chapters from his point of view, especially when he spends time with the tribes. I also really liked Ryne, because of his awesome strategy planning and overall greatness.
The plot itself was quite fast-moving, but it was easy to keep up with. I really enjoyed discovering more about the world in this book, especially the tribes. The new characters that were introduced as part of the tribes were also really interesting. To be honest, I’m finding it really hard to tell you why I enjoyed this book so much. I just did. And I recommend the series to everybody.