Review: Taste of Darkness by Maria V Snyder

Title: Taste of Darkness {Healer Trilogy #3}

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Published: Harlequin Au January 2014

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Status: Read from December 27 to 28, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher via netgalley}

My Thoughts:

The final installment in Maria V Snyder’s ‘Healer’ trilogy is an entertaining and satisfying climax to a what has a been an enjoyable series.

Avry, Kerrick and their allies may have won the battle with King Tohon, trapping him in stasis, but not the war, as Cellina and Sepp take control of his troops and a new power, The Skeleton King, arises to bid for control of the Fifteen Realms. Fast paced and action packed there is also plenty of emotional angst as Avry and Kerrick face threats both from without and within.

In terms of the story, new elements are introduced, most notably the Skeleton King, but the focus is on tying up loose ends. Most issues were resolved but some events, like Belen’s fate, were glossed over and I thought the finale was perhaps a little rushed, though overall satisfying.

Though headstrong and often reckless Avry has been a likeable heroine. She is loyal to the cause but her priority is always those she loves. Even though she is separated from Kerrick much of the time their romance matures in this installment and their connection becomes vital in the struggle to win the war.

The Monkeys are their usual irascible selves, and Flea plays a surprisingly crucial role in the storyline, so much so I have to wonder if Snyder is considering a spin off with Flea taking centre stage. I was happy that Captain Od opted to support Avry and had a part in this final.

Combining adventure, fantasy, drama and romance the Healer trilogy is a enjoyable read and I am a little sad to see it end. I hope Snyder will provide the opportunity to visit this world, and its characters again.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kailana
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 03:29:23

    I really enjoyed her Study trilogy, but I have really struggled to read everything else by her. I keep buying them so hopefully it is just a mood thing.

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  2. Patty
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 06:49:25

    I have yet to read these and I really really want to…

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  3. Robyn
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 21:07:09

    I can happily say Maria V. Snyder is my favourite author. Though the study trilogy is the most beloved work of hers for me, I found myself captured by this ‘healer’ trilogy :3 Thanks for the review! I hope more people can hear about these series and enjoy them!

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