05 March 2014

Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Maria V. Snyder

Taste of Darkness (Healer #3)
by Maria V. Snyder.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: December 31st 2013 by Harlequin MIRA.
She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate threat: The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.

Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision

Reviewed by Kelly.

So sad that this is the end of the series. I really enjoy Maria Snyder’s books. Her books are full of wit and humor and adventure and this one is no exception. She really delivers.

If you haven’t read the series, you should. It is full of adventure, magic, humor, finding love, loss, and maybe ways to overcome death (read the books and you will see what I mean), political strategies, betrayal, some scary and powerful enemies, plants that connect with Avry or can kill, and some unwanted zombies.

The series is about many kingdoms with magicians who are trying to take control and become one ruler of many kingdoms. Avry, Kerrick, Flea, Odd, and the monkeys and more are the good guys trying to set things right. Sometimes that means betraying the one they stand behind to fix a wrong. Sometimes it means losing someone. Sometimes it brings great sadness and sometimes great happiness.

We are back with Avry, the healer, and her “monkeys” (which consists of her favorite guys who are crackups but good at what they do. They are the “side kicks” of the story.), Kerrick (her lover, prince of his realm, and an earth magician), Prince Rhyne (the guy they want to win this war with, although he has secrets of his own and sometimes we want to kill him), and all the rest are mostly the opponents. Although there are many characters that are beloved friends too. I would definitely want to hang with Avry and her band of people! Avry is a woman after my own heart; she is stubborn and wants to help people in any way she can. And she does, no matter the cost and everyone learns not to try and change her decisions. In the beginning, Kerrick has been gone too long and can’t be found anywhere and Avry can’t sense him either. She won’t give up though, can’t give up hope. But she still keeps moving forward helping others and though she can heal herself she pushes herself way too hard. Avry and Kerrick are a wonderful couple. The kind you sigh when you read about them together. *Sigh*

All the characters have grown so much. Especially Flea, he learns to accept what is given him after much turmoil. I love to watch that happen.

This book took me a while to read. There is a lot of strategy and secrets and shockers in this book. So it is intense at times and you have to read carefully so you can keep up with all that goes on. There are a lot of sad times and lots of happy ones too. It was really an amazing adventure that I loved!

Anyway, that is my ramblings on it.

4.5 stars

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