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New Books

So while I was searching for more information about the new books in the Study series by Maria V Snyder, I stumbled across Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan. Very excited to hear that she’s writing a new series! It’s scheduled to be released on 27th May 2014. Canavan’s Magician’s Guild series is one of my all-time favourites and one of the first fantasy series I read.

Also if anyone hears anything more about the new Study series, please share! I couldn’t find anything on Maria’s website…

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Poison Study with annotations

If you read my review of Maria V. Snyder’s most recent book you might have read how much I love Poison Study, her first book. The above link is to a really cool blog post from someone who has a copy of Poison Study with some awesome notes by the author about the writing process! If you’re a fan, you’ll love it. I’d love to own that book!

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Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power is the first of Maria V. Snyder’s new series about Avry, a healer in a world broken by an outbreak of a plague. The people of the Fifteen Realms are suspicious of the healers, believing they started the plague and so Avry is on the run and soon finds out she is the last healer alive, making her very valuable.

Snyder’s writing is really easy to read, not in a bad way, it’s just I find her books are always oddly relaxing to read. As with her previous three series, the main character is relatable and you’ll find yourself warming to Avry. What I like about Snyder’s books is the fact that the story just starts straight away and doesn’t bother with lots of description setting up the fantasy world. Snyder unfolds her fantasy worlds gradually and doesn’t batter you with facts as her books are very character-driven.

I really really wanted to love this book. I read Poison Study (the first in her Study series) and LOVED it. It’s one of the most original books I’ve read and it really is such a great read. However since that series I hate to say I’ve been a bit disappointed. Her books since that series (Glass series, Inside series and now this one) haven’t been able to live up to the brilliance of Poison Study in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book but it was only ok which was a shame. I would say it’s good for a holiday read that you don’t really have to think about. I would recemmend Poison Study instead.

Also I couldn’t decide whether to mention this but a thing that annoyed me was the fact that Avry’s love interest, Kerrick, hits her (it’s a very minor spoiler, only 50 pages in or so.) It’s not random, she’s his prisoner in the beginning - then obviously in the end, she falls in love with him which I found a little hard to believe. I get that we’re supposed to see how repentent he is and how he changes towards her etc etc but I just thought it was unnecessary. He was mean to Avry in the beginning, fair enough but… I don’t know, this fact just kind of grated on me throughout the rest of the book.

Rating - *** 3 stars

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