I am in two minds about this book on one hand it was a great read, it had a great adventure, a likable heroine, a band of merry men and the exaspsrating yet sexy Kerrick. The story was interesting and the new world that Snyder has created had some unique elements. However, there stems the problem, its uniqueness. I have read this book before, only it is called Poison Study, this book reminds me so much of the Study series, especially the relationship between Kerrick and Avry, it seemed like she had gotten Posion Study out changed the name of the characters and the places, scrambled things around a little and voila! You have Touch of Power.
Having said that I did enjoy Posion Study so therefore I also enjoyed this book.
The fantasy setting was also good, I liked the world the Snyder is building up, after being ravaged by Plague the world is slowly beginning to right itself and there are massive power struggles going on to see who will end up King of the land, unfortunatley for Avry, she has walked straight into these struggles and is now in the centre of it all. But the power plays and manuvering of the various factions is what has kept this book interesting.
This is a great read and if you liked her Study series or Graceling then this is the book for you.