When I found out Maria V. Snyder was writing another series I was super excited then, I found out it was another fantasy series and I squeed like a little girl and immediately texted Patricia to tell her! We both love Maria’s books and she is definitely one of my favorite authors! So I jumped on netgalley to request a copy and it arrived on my kindle shortly after and I started reading the minute it did!Maria did not disappoint with this new book! I fell in love with the new world she created and the characters; she has a way of making me feel like I’m in the books with how alive she writes her characters and the lands. I’m really hoping there’s a map in the finished copy I think it would add a lot to the story like it did in her Study and Glass books but even so while reading the ARC I had no problem imagining and feeling the perilous journey through the Nine Mountains, the petals of the Peace and Death Lilies, the giant teeth of the Ufa’s, the pain Avry took in every time she healed someone, or the laughter joy and sorrow experienced throughout the book.The cast of characters Maria assembled was awesome! Avry was an strong heroine and I admired the fight she had in her then there’s Belen whom I fell in love with almost from the moment I met him he was like the big brother I never had but had always wanted. Kerrick was the one whom it took me the longest to grow attached to one moment he was nice and the next you wanted to throw something at him. Then there’s the characters Quain, Vinn, and Flea with the sarcasm and humor that Maria has a way of writing into every book and without these three the story would have not been the same. Last but not leas t the villain of this story Tohon the man is gorgeous enigmatic and hard not to like, except for the fact that he is an evil manipulative megalomaniac whom uses his power for evil. I was attracted to him and repulsed at the same time. Trust me I know this might not make sense but when you meet him it will.I loved how this story unfolded there’s so much more than what’s in the synopsis there’s twists and turns that will play out through the whole series like who created the plague and why, as well as the fight to free their realms from the tyranny of Tohon. I cannot wait for the next book Scent of Magic which will be a hard wait let me tell you after I finished Touch of Power all I wanted to do was read more!