Summary (From Goodreads.com)
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.
Title: Scent of Magic
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Length: 400 pages
Source: ARC from Netgalley
First, I have to confess: although I love Maria V. Snyder’s books, Touch of Power (the first book in this series), didn’t wow me. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from Scent of Magic. However, Scent of Magic had me hooked instantly, and I devoured it in a day.
Chapters alternate between Avry and Kerrick’s point of view, which meant I just didn’t want to put the book down. In some books, alternating chapters mean the mini-cliffhanger endings of one character wear off a bit by the time you get back to their POV, but I found the chapters in this quick enough that it wasn’t an issue.
The detail in this is extraordinary – Snyder’s world building is always amazing, and this book was definitely no exception. However, the characters were what made this book – Tohon is a fabulous villain, made all the more compelling since he can be so charming! Avry really came into her own in this book, and I found her more likable than in Touch of Power. Belen and the other supporting characters are fantastic, though there’s less humourous bickering than in Touch of Power, which is a little disappointing. All in all, a fantastic book, more like the excellent Study & Glass trilogies.
Warning: There’s a big cliffhanger ending – prepare for an agonising wait for Taste of Death!
Buy it? Definitely!
In a nutshell: Redeemed the series for me – can’t wait for book 3.