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.
Well, I have to say, WOW. I enjoyed this book even more than the last one. But as I'm sure many of you out there will be saying OMG WHY DID SHE HAVE TO END IT THERE!? I seriously cannot wait for the next book in this series. December is far too far away for me to wait. Snyder, you've kept me thoroughly hooked, you genius.
As you know from the last book (Touch of Power) I love the character of Avry and in this book it just grew and grew. I loved the new side to her as not just a healer but as someone who could save lives in a whole new way training troops to go silent in the woods. Avry is on her own now, with the threat of Tohon ever more present she sets off to find her sister and find out how they can stop Tohon with Jael's troops as their ally. But, Jael hates Avry so she must go undercover. Mom helps her change her appearance but will that be enough to fool even her old friends?
Kerrick is further away from Avry than ever. The narrtive is told from the first person when we are with Avry but third person when we flip over to what's happening where Kerrick is. Kerrick travels a lot during the course of the novel and I have to say at times I was very anxious to find out what Kerrick was doing, sometimes more than Avry! He is as tough and kind as ever, making sure the children are safe from harm and protecting them as much as he can, as well as worrying about Avry and not being able to find out whether she's safe because of her 'death.' The split narrative always came with mini cliffhangers which left me just speeding through the book wanting to know more... trouble is then this joy becomes total and utter sadness when you finish the book and you can't go any further. Snyder provides us with one of those books when you're sad when its over.
We meet a lot of amazing new characters in the novel, some which I loved. The gang which we so loved before is essentially gone for the most part but there are so many more characters for you to love. The sergeants fire becomes a place of comfort for Avry with the people that she begins to call her friends, after their initial shock and distaste about her not earning her place she becomes a vital part of their team. They help Avry in many more ways than one.
Biggest problem? Tohan can reanimate the dead, we don't know how or how to stop them but must figure it out. Avry is on a mission to not only protect the soldiers but find out how to stop them without cutting off their heads. Especially as Tohan has found a way to stop them doing that!
The ending provided me with satisfaction because some things in the novel had been solved, many, many questions about the questions that weren't answered and THE HUGE THUMPING CLIFFHANGER left me
Seriously if you haven't read this series read it. A must read. I don't know how I'm going to top this book this year! ... maybe in Dec when the third one comes out!