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The last healer of the Fifteen Realms, Avry has spent time in hiding, allowing both friends and enemies to believe she's dead. As King Tohon continues his pursuit of power, using armies of undead soldiers to strike fear into his opponents, Avry must do all she can to defeat him, even if it means separation from Kerrick, the forest mage she has come to love. The sequel to Touch of Power takes its heroine and her companions into new dangers and more complex entanglements, revealing new sides to their characters. -VERDICT Even with the obligatory "cliff-hanger" ending common to series novels, Snyder's latest fantasy saga offers believable characters and a richly developed world setting. Fans of her "Study" (Poison Study; Magic Study; Fire Study) and "Glass" (Storm Glass; Sea Glass; Spy Glass) series will welcome another addition to Snyder's growing body of fantasy. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.