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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

EARLY REVIEW: Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder


Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Series: Healer, #2
Publication Date: December 18th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Paperback, 400 pages
Useful Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Book Depository

Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again.

Maria V. Snyder just can't write a story that isn't amazing! Simple as that. This author is plainly brilliant and by each book of hers that I read she proves that over and over again. Scent of Magic is brilliant!

After reading and absolutely loving the first book in the Healer series, Touch of Power, Scent of Magic was among my most anticipated releases of 2012. And now that I read it, it seems that the time waiting for it to get published was well worth it. Scent of Magic just rocks!

Yeah, Kerrick and Avry weren't together apart from a few pages at the beginning and in the end, but still, I loved this book. I definitely missed the bickering between those two that added so much to the first story, but let's face the truth, even if they travelled together, the bickering would be much less considering the fact that they finally got together. And dividing the story in two, added way too many things on the whole plot. We got to learn so much more about Tohon's and Estrid's plans and many things became clearer, but still there are many answers to be given in the next book. As it is, I feel like I only got a glimpse of some things, like how and why both Death and Peace lilies interact the way they do with Avry. I just feel that there's more to it than simply because she's a healer and immune to their toxin.

Anyway, the story picks up immediately after the events of Touch of Power and Avry and Kerrick proceed in their own plans and paths until they finally meet again at the end of the book, where everything has changed for the worst. I mean that ending, just left me frustrated. Why oh why would you do this to us Maria??? To say that the end is a cliffhanger, would be an understatement. And not only because of the obvious thing that happens at the end, but also because of the implications of everything else that happens a few pages before... Oh, another long year of waiting...

All in all, Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite fantasy authors out there, one of the few authors who write a fantasy novel exactly the way I like it. She's simply that gifted an author and her books are always an amazing journey to fantastic lands.

*This title was provided for review via NetGalley

1 comment:

  1. Nice review Anna, thank you. Glad you loved this one so much.

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