(I picked this cover because I like it much more than the American version. Not fair Australia always gets the better covers!)
Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder
Scheduled to be released:December 20, 2011 (Just in time for Christmas!)
Why I'm waiting:
All day I've been trying to remember where I first picked up a book by Maria V. Snyder. I think it was at the library. I know it was her book, Poison Study. The cover was stunning and of course the word 'poison' is enough to intrigue anyone. Since reading the Study Series I've read most of her other books and can't miss anything new coming out!
Book 1 Summary:
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life...
(Plot summary taken from Goodreads)