Jan 7, 2014
Title: TASTE OF DARKNESS
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Pub. Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
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.
Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.
Maria’s research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.
Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.
Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.
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I’ve always really enjoyed Maria V. Snyder’s writing and her Healer series is no exception! It did take me a bit to start this series, I had high hopes for another series from this author and that was a bit of a let down. This series though was absolutely nothing like that, it was great from start to finish, and the final installment Taste of Darkness was amazing.
I’ve really enjoyed Avry throughout the series. She’s a little brash, but she really cares for the people around her. As a healer it is such an intrinsic part of who she is, and Taste of Darkness really showed that. I did really feel bad for her in this book, there was so much information that was kept from her. Most of the book is primarily from Avry’s point of view so there was quite a bit that the reader doesn’t know.
Snyder always does a great job of creating dimensional side characters, and this series is no different. I really loved Flea, Belen, and even Mellina! I didn’t love Ryne though, and I felt that he was too manipulative. Was it always explained? Yes. Did I understand why? Yes. Didn’t make me any happier about the situation, and the problem is because he’s right he doesn’t feel guilty about it. This is a problem because it makes him entirely unlikeable and since a large portion of the series revolves around him it just bothered me. I can’t even mark this down as a negative though, because sometimes good guys aren’t always good. He has to make the hard decisions even though it bothers me and sometimes that makes him unlikeable.
The only part of this series that I couldn’t really bring myself to love was the Kerrick/Avry storyline. I love Kerrick and Avry together, but it just started to feel like issues were thrown in their path that didn’t need to be there. There are at least 3 things I can think of that one by itself would have managed to show their struggle, but all 3 things were not necessary.
I did really enjoy this book, and it gave me very strong emotions. Overall it was a great, fantastic finish. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, it lost half a star for the over-struggle in the love aspect. I am really looking forward to seeing what Maria V. Snyder does next. She always has a surprise!
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