Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured 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.After a plague decimates ⅔ the population of the Fifteen Realms very little has returned to normal. Healers are hunted for gold, gangs have popped up everywhere ruling where government and civility has yet to return.Avry has been on the run for three years, always moving and hiding, never staying in one place too long. One night she heals her neighbour’s young daughter, only to be turned in to the town’s watch for twenty gold. While awaiting execution for healing the child, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues. This book isn’t overly good or special, but the author knows how to write great dialogue between the characters. I love the relationship between Kerrick’s band of misfits. They have formed a different sort of family of the plague has destroyed most of the population, which took most of their families away. Belen a.k.a. Poppa Bear is kind and loving and truly takes care of the band. Quain and Loren are like brothers who are constantly fighting, but in a fun way. Kerrick the band’s leader is not personable, friendly, or kind. He knows his mission and will do anything to complete it. And, Flea was probably my favourite of them all. Always bouncing around and used to being on his own.Maria V. Snyder doesn’t end the book in a cliffhanger. She wrapped the plot of the first book up nicely, but leaves the rest of the trilogy open for the rest of the story.