Review: Scent of Magic by Maria V Snyder

Scent of Magic by Maria V Snyder
Series: Healer (# 2)
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 416
Source:  NetGalley

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal 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 confidant, 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: Scent of Magic, which picks up the plot from where Touch of Power ended, was an excellent continuation of the Healer trilogy. The plot of Scent of Magic was interesting; however although there were few unexpected plot twists throughout the novel what were clearly meant to the main surprise plot twists were actually extremely easy to predict from the early chapters.

The first book in the series had solely followed Avry whereas Scent of Magic allows readers a glimpse in Kerrick’s mind with regular switches between the characters’ point of views. Although it was interesting to understand Kerrick better and see the events unfold from his point of view the scenes told from his perspective did not seem essential to the main plot. In fact, unless the characters introduced within the scenes viewed in Kerrick’s perspective are vital to the final novel in the trilogy, the main purpose of these scenes seem to be to provide an explanation for the pieces of information regarding his welfare told to Avry later in the novel.

Avry continued to be an extremely interesting character for the novel to follow and although Kerrick did not add significantly to the plot he also continued to be a very intriguing character. Some of other the main characters in the first novel of the trilogy had very minor roles in Scent of Magic; this was disappointing as these were extremely interesting characters whose presence was an excellent component of the first novel. There were a few rather interesting characters introduced in Scent of Magic however these characters were not explored fully and added only slightly to the plot.

The relationship between Kerrick and Avry was mostly ignored during the novel, due to their separation for the majority of the novel, with the exception of when either character thought about the other’s welfare. This was unfortunate since the chemistry between the two main characters was one of the best components of the first novel in the trilogy.

Overall, although Scent of Magic was an excellent novel it did not quite live up to the extremely high expectations generated from the trilogy starting with an amazing first book due to some of the best components of the first novel being missing from the sequel.