The Reading Shelf

I love reading books, especially Young Adult books of all kinds. I have a book reviewing blog (The Reading Shelf) that I try to update whenever I'm not reading or procrastinating on the internet.

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power - Maria V. Snyder

If you’ve read my reviews of Maria V. Snyder’s Study trilogy, you know that I really loved them, and luckily this book, of a different but similar fantasy world, was just as interesting.


It certainly had things in common with the Study books. Avry starts the book off in a bit of a desperate point, jailed and ready for execution before she’s narrowly saved. Rather than being locked in a castle, Avry is forced to travel for months, but with an equally dangerous job. There are funny and interesting side characters and a stoic and often broody love interest.


All in all, I feel like there isn’t much about this book that really makes it stand out. It often seemed quite generic and by the book, yet it was almost always entertaining. Looking back a few weeks later, I feel like it’s the type of book that would normally be quite slow for me in many parts, but I remember that I read it in a fairly short time and was entertained pretty much the entire time. It seemed like a four star book for me – enjoyable but not amazing or mind-blowing or anything – yet it was entertaining like a 4.5-or-higher.


The ending seemed a bit convenient, I have to admit. Let’s just say that Avry got out of a jam that it certainly seems like she should have remained stuck in, but it’s a trilogy, and the show must go on.


This is a fairly short review, but that’s because there really isn’t much to say about this book. It was quite entertaining and made it clear that I am a fan of Snyder’s books. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel to see the aftermath of the climax.