Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

December 31, 2012 Review 0 ★★★

Scent of Magic by Maria V. SnyderScent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Healer #2
Published by Harlequin MIRA on December 18, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 414
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

I was first introduced to Maria V. Snyder’s writing through her Glass series. I read the entire series back-to-back within days, and then spent far too much time pouting over how they were over with, but refusing to go back and read the other series because it happened prior to this one. Yes, I am that kind of reader.

But that’s why I was so excited when the Healer series came out. The Healer series takes place in the same basic world as the previous series did, but it’s further in the future in a time where the majority of the population has been killed off by a plague. Healers are hunted and reviled because they didn’t save the population. There was only one healer left, Avry, a young woman who is determined to survive until she makes the mistake of healing a little girl and is captured by the authorities. She’s rescued–if you can call being kidnapped from certain death in order to face…. certain death… a rescue.

Anyway, let’s not spend all of this review summarizing what happened before, what we need to know is what happened next.

Avry survives the plague only to realise that the rest of the world thinks she died. She takes advantage of that fact and joins the army. Not as a healer this time, but as a sergeant, in charge of teaching others how to walk through the forest silently, using the skills she learned in the last book. She makes friends in the camp who later go on to help her out both before and after the truth of her identity is revealed. It’s not like we could keep her a secret, after all. The world needs healers.

The story is split between a chapter from Avry’s point of view, and then a shorter blurb from Kerrick’s point of view. And while most of the time this works, at times it can be confusing. Time passes for Avry, but the blurbs that we get of Kerrick sometimes pick up right where the last one left off, making me feel like we just paused time for him, instead of the stories happening at the same time. Avry’s reactions were, while honest, a little over the top a lot of the time and it seemed like there was a lot of teenage angst going on, even though Avry is an adult.

Kerrick was one of the stronger voices, for all that we only got short blurbs of his point of view. He wasn’t too extravagantly over the top like Avry was, instead he was just a man doing what needed to be done and while there was some bits of angst, it wasn’t too much.

After reading the book I felt like it was an amazing book but on closer reflection I changed my mind. I feel bad, of course, because it was a good book but my initial assumption that the book was amazing was based on the happy ending and not with how I felt the book as a whole was. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book, but there was something lacking that would have made this a great book.

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