Having read another book by Ms. Snyder (Poison Study) and thoroughly loved it; I decided to give the first book in her new series (the Healer's) a try. And boy oh boy, was I not disappointed! WOW. The new world she's created is incredible! So much action, magic and great details - I couldn't put it down!
Avry is the last healer. All those found with her gift have been captured and killed - blamed for a deadly plague that has killed so many in the Fifteen Realms. She's been on the run for four years, traveling from village to village keeping a low profile. Unable to let a child die, she uses her powers and is turned over to those who are hunting for her. She is rescued by Kerrick, Flea, Belen, Vinn and Quain - who are on a mission to find a healer to save a friend.
Their journey is plagued (literally) by enemies, the living dead, betrayers and deadly flowers. Kerrick and Avry are at each others throats but finally find a middle ground and learn to trust one another and the others in their group.
I don't want to give too much of the story away - as it's a fantastic adventure that will keep you glued to the pages. Maria did an amazing job creating Avry and Kerrick's world. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in the series Scent of Magic coming out sometime next year!
For those who loved Snyder's Study series or her Glass series - you will love this as well!