Scent of Magic - Maria V. Snyder

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Scent of Magic - 
Maria V. Snyder
Released: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Aus
Synopsis: Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unaique 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

What it's about: The sequel to Touch of Power, we continue the journey following Avry and Kerrick, simultaneously. King Tohon's dead are still a threat, Avry has to keep her survival hidden, and we re-unite with some characters you won't expect.

What I thought: For a brief moment, I had forgotten everything that had happened in Touch of Power. But pretty soon, it all came rushing back and I was desperate to devour Scent of Magic. While it didn't quite happen that way, it still held all the answers to my lingering questions, and all the magic* to reunite me with Snyder's writing once again. Scent of Magic is as much of an emotional rollercoaster as the first novel was, and I think I temporarily forgot what a powerful writer Snyder really is, until Scent of Magic unleashed all the strong emotions inside me. Snyder has always had this effect of me- I form bonds with the characters and I feel what they feel. Devastating.

Scent of Magic has just as much action, heart-ache and creepy dead soldiers as the first novel, if not more so. This time, Avry disguises herself and ends up as a Sergeant in Jael's army, right under her nose. Kerrick is off helping Prince Ryne, dealing with war-waging tribesmen. Through-out the story, you wish for them to be together again, and when they finally are, your heart still breaks a little at knowing what's to come. We are introduced to a range of new characters who you'll come to love, or hate - along with all the previous ones you already made judgement for.

If you haven't read Touch of Power yet, I highly suggest you do that, and then get straight onto the magic* that is Scent of Magic! [ *puns totally intended. ]

The Good: Snyder continues to give us loads of action and surprises without it being repetitive or boring. Bonus!

The Bad: The long agonizing wait for the next book.


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Claire Blennerhassett

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