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Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Scent of Magicby Maria V. Snyder

Scent of Magic
by Maria V. Snyder

Scent of Magic (Healer 2)

By: Maria V. Snyder

Release Date: December 18, 2012

Rating: 4 stars

Summary: 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.

 

Review: What?!? Why?!? Maria V. Snyder!!! How could you?!?

I had the opportunity to read the ARC of “Touch of Power” over a year ago and absolutely loved it. Avry, Kerrick, Belen, Flea and the monkeys had such great chemistry, and their adventures really sucked me in. Although, I would have to say I loved the first book way more, but worry not because this one far from disappoints.

First of all, I really liked how Snyder found a way to continue the concepts from the first book. The gang has to find a way to stop Tohon before he brings war to the 15 Realms. In the meantime, they have to warn everyone about the unusual army and figure out the secrets of the Peace and Death Lilies, as well as any possible connection tying them together.

The other thing is, usually when a character goes through so much, they tend to change in the second book as they either become depressed or really angry. I liked that Avry continued to be the character that I loved so much in book 1. She was so selfless, no matter friend or foe. She was brave and determined, and she had that spark that made her so admirable.

HOWEVER…

One of the reasons why I thought the first book was so great is because of the supporting characters. In this one, they kind of had their own roles, and even though it’s all part of the big plan and the camaraderie is still there, this book lacked that interaction between the gang. Don’t get me wrong, there are scenes where they are together, and you do see that fondness they have for each other, along with the great dialogue. Along with that was that Avry and Kerrick had their own roles to play, so this book doesn’t have that tension and the constant bickering that intrigued me. And there are new friends, but it’s just not the same. And my favorite character was hardly in the book! 

The other thing is this book alternates between Avry’s and Kerrick’s point of view, and as much as I love Kerrick, I almost wished his part – or maybe the majority of it – was cut out for this book. Now before all of you Kerrick-fans start grabbing your pitchforks, his POV was kind of a side story because they did not share the length as Avry’s. Also, I kind of felt his adventures were kind of insignificant, for lack of a better word, especially compared to Ryne’s or other characters in this book.

I almost felt as if Snyder used his POV because they had to be separated and TOP fans would be upset if Kerrick wasn’t in it. For me, however, it was frustrating because it kept interrupting the story, especially because of the way she ended each chapter – just about all of them were so climatic they were a mini-cliffhanger. It’s like watching TV, and they give you that surprising “dum, dum, dum” right before you cut to commercial break. It was infuriating because I wanted to kno what happened next. And by the time I got back to Avry’s point of view, some of that anticipation has kind of worn off so I just didn’t feel as excited about it. I don’t think I would have missed much if he recounted his tale, as other characters did, or even make his story a novella or make them longer scenes and fewer parts that constantly interrupt Avry’s story.

And the end. OMG. Only this time, there wasn’t another chapter for me to find out. Why, oh, why?

Sigh… I guess I’ll just have to wait another year, as Snyder has announced that “Taste of Death,” the conclusion to this trilogy will be out December 2013. However, the name does not sound to promising, now does it?

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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