Taste of darkness – Maria V Snyder

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.

This is book 3 in the healer series.

I didn’t particularly enjoy it.

I liked the first one in the series. It had a plausible new magic system, an interesting world, strong characters. It was promising.

Book 2 was somewhat confusing though. The two main characters were separated and the story line jumped constantly between the two, leaving me constantly confused as to who I was reading about.

Book 3 is even worse. There’s a bad habit of killing people who then revive in a variety of ways, which means that you lose emotional commitment to the story when you don’t know whether a death is permanent or not. And the narrative jumps dizzyingly between Avry and Kerrick – I assume this is slightly clearer in a paper version (perhaps there’s white space? ) but in the Kindle netgalley it sometimes happens without even a new line, which really interrupts the flow.

I’m not completely put off Maria Snyder, there were a lot of aspects about this to like, but overall this was not a strong book.

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  1. Thanks for this review. This set of books is on my Xmas list along with Inside out/ Outside in. Hopefully the character speaking will be more obvious in paperback.

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