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Taste of Darkness (An Avry of Kazan Novel - Book 3)

Taste of Darkness (An Avry of Kazan Novel - Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Maria V. Snyder
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'…a compelling new fantasy series.' --Rhianna Pratchett, SFX Magazine on Poison Study

'the story… is peopled by convincing and well realised characters. Verdict: 9/10.' --Total SciFi on Fire Study

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‘A compelling new fantasy series.’- SFX on Sea Glass

‘Snyder delivers another excellent adventure.’ - Publishers Weekly

'Spellbinding romantic adventure that will leave readers salivating for the next book in the series.’-USA Today on Touch of Power-USA TODAY


Powerful healer Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought a plague and survived. She took on corrupt King Tohon and defeated him. But now her true love, Kerrick, is missing and Avry fears he’s gone forever.

Yet she faces a more immediate – and deadly – threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own.

With the territories’ armies in disarray and the dead not staying dead, Avry’s powers are needed now more than ever.

Torn between love and loyalty, she must choose her path carefully. For the future of Avry’s world depends on her decision…

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Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She's been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. She also enjoys creating new worlds where horses and swords rule, 'cause let's face it, they're cool, although she's been known to trap her poor characters in a giant metal cube and let them figure out how to get out. Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taste of Darkness 3 Jan 2014
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Avry is desperate because Kerrick has gone missing after he is poisoned by Death Lily toxin. Even though she is the only one who still thinks he is alive after searching for weeks, she has to focus on her patients as a new type of plague seems to be arising. With people developing new powers, Avry wanting to fulfil her promise to mom and look after her patients, and enemies surrounding them, including the disturbing Skeleton King, will Avry and her friends be able to survive and find peace?

Taste of Darkness is the brilliant third and final book in the Healer series and is darker than the previous books. This book has lots of twists and turns, which at some points was a bit confusing, with action, romance and an edge of your seat story. However, one criticism of this book, and the rest of the series, is that is that no one stays dead, so after the third time of hearing that someone has died, you tend not to believe it.

Avry is the same as the last books as she is caring strong and selfless, but she does not want to be anyone's puppet anymore, even Ryne's, and wants to do what she thinks is right. Kerrick is weaker and more jealous than in the previous books but is still a good hero of this book and whilst Avry and Kerrick are together more than the last book (Thank the Flea!) I wish they were not apart as much as they were.

I love the secondary characters especially the Monkeys and Flea, and I feel they really make this book. Also the enemies are brilliant in this book, even though there feels like there are too many, and we get to meet the creepy and spine-chilling Skeleton King, who makes Tohon seem like a normal person.

I would love to see more books based in this world and I would recommend Taste of Darkness and the Healer series to fans of Maria V Snyder's other books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for Ms Synder 27 Jan 2014
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A fitting end to a fantastic trilogy. Loved every character. A satisfying read. Ms Synder has done it again. Bravo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truley amazing series 20 Feb 2014
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This serious has to be one of my favourites, would recommend to Anyone. Wish it continued. Maria v Snyder is a genius
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent trilogy 27 Jan 2014
By Jan P
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A good set of books each one leaving you wanting the next installment and the final book was the best full of twists and turns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor trilogy 24 May 2014
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Shallow characters, a meandering plot, lead characters bungles her way through the plot (which is wafer thin) jumps in and out of the first person narrative. Not even a shadow of the Poison trilogy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Taste of dreariness 19 April 2014
By Sam
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This is the third novel in the Avry of Kazan series, and I had really high hopes for it. I loved the first instalment, wasn't so impressed with the second, so really wanted the third and final part to resolve all outstanding issues. I thought I was bound to love it. Sorry to say, not so much.

The problem here for me was several things. Firstly I got really bored of the endless strategics regarding army manoeuvres. I couldn't have cared less where each regiment was, and frankly could not invest in endless deliberation about where Cellina, or Estrid or Tohon was.
I got really fed with the infirmary as well. I wanted Avry to go out and do something, her endless hand wringing and seemingly romantic encounters with Kerrick were tedious, and far from loves young dream.
I really felt like the Monkeys were a side show and thrown in as an attempt at side humour. Their interactions felt forced and I didn't enjoy it, the way I had previously.

I thought the visit to the monastery was interesting and I did seriously feel for the ladies trapped there. The resolution to that story seemed to happen very fast, as did the substory regarding Kerrick happening upon the Skeleton King and his cannibal army antics.

Overall I just found myself skim reading to find out what happened to Avry and her comrades. It wasn't exactly a surprise regarding who lived and who died. The sub plot and back stories regarding the Lillies were interesting, and I would have actually been more interested if the story had focussed on this area.

This is a perfectly accessible story, but I would not recommend to anyone who hasn't read the first two novels in this series, as it was difficult enough for me to follow having read them. The peripheral characters were not fleshed out enough, and so to understand the relationships between Avry and everyone else, you would definitely have to go back and read the stories previous to this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A great series with great Twists, getting close to the end of this set ..... I think Maria writes some create series....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 21 Feb 2014
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I have enjoyed all the books in this series, but this one was the best. Gripping story with twists and turns. Great characters and strong story writing. Very enjoyable read and highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant books, well worth reading!
Maria V. Snyder is a fantastic writer, I will be watching for any further novels. I've thoroughly enjoyed every book she has written as have my family.
Published 2 days ago by Anna D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Mrs Glenda J Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me entranced to the end
All three books kept me entranced until the end. could not put the books down from beginning to the end.
Published 6 days ago by Brian Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this author, and the third of the trilogy was no waste of time.
Published 8 days ago by Kiri B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book - loved it and have all the others too
Published 10 days ago by Angela Simons
5.0 out of 5 stars ... wish maria would write more books as i really enjoy reading her...
i wish maria would write more books as i really enjoy reading her books as you can really get involved in her books
Published 11 days ago by lynda loach
5.0 out of 5 stars Taste of Darkness
This was the last of the series which I didn't have.

I like the way Maria Snyder writes, she has a great imagination. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Valerie Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Been waiting for so long for this book
Just to make clear I love Maria Snyder's work so I may be biased. This is the third in the Avry of Kazan series and was a nice ending to the series. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Miss V. PetrieArmstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Taste of Darkness
Another great read by Maria V Snyder. Really enjoyable conclusion to Avry's story. I hope there are more stories soon.
Published 25 days ago by Yv
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly awesome!!
Absolutely riveting! I got into the story quite quickly from the first book. It didn't take me long to get to the last one. I never wanted to put it down. Read more
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