Series: Healer #2
Published by Harlequin MIRA on December 18th 2012
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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.
By this point, Maria V. Snyder can almost do no wrong. Having enjoyed Touch of Power, I was really excited to be able to get back into this world and see what Snyder had in store for Kerrick and Avry. And Scent of Magic was everything I hoped the second installment of the Healer series would be.
Touch of Power ends with our lovers coming to together. Finding their common bond, and hoping to defeat the bad guy. Scent of Magic starts with our lovers parting. As much as I wanted more of Avry and Kerrick, it made sense to have them part on this portion of their adventure. I didn't have to like it, but at least it makes sense.
Scent of Magic took a bit of a different format than Touch of Power. There was definitely a more serious undertone than the previous installment. While the plot did not advance a whole lot overall, the character development and relationship changes were nice to see. Part of the reason I fell in love with Touch of Power was due to the ragtag group that revolves around Kerrick and Avry, and sadly, they are missing for much of the read. However, most of the characters are still present in some shape, form, or fashion.
Maria V. Snyder weaves a beautifully crafted tale of friendship, adventure, and romance. And like the previous installment, Scent of Magic was a book that once I got into it, I found it hard to put down. Now, I just have to wait for Taste of Death to see how it all ends.