4.5 stars. Maria V. Snyder's last few (er, five) novels have disappointed me, but she is back to nearly Poison Study levels of awesome in Touch of Power. I couldn't put this book down. I'm pretty upset that the next book won't be out until 2013, but at least this book didn't end on a giant cliffhanger. It wrapped itself up quite nicely, but still leaves plenty of room for future books. I love it when authors actually conclude their story arcs in one book, regardless of the length of the series. A+ to Ms. Snyder on that front.I hope to be able to write a more review-y review later, but with the insane levels of busy I've been lately, I don't know that it's very likely. But this book deserves a full review. You should read it.