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Posted January 25, 2013
I loved Touch of Power and was excited to jump back into Avry a
I loved Touch of Power and was excited to jump back into Avry and Kerrick's realm but I was left disappointed with this one. Avry and Kerrick separate in the beginning of the book. They're goal is to take down Tohon. Everyone thinks that Avry was killed when she took the plague from Prince Ryne. When they go their own ways, Avry changed her look and joins the army in hopes of defeating Tohon and Kerrick ends up prisoner to a tribe. The story is written in both Kerrick's and Avry's point of view.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved Kerrick and Avry together, so I was disappointed that they are separated the entire book. Hell we barely see the other characters from the first book. However, that isn't why I had trouble with this story though. I was never able to fully get into it. I found myself continually scanning through pages to get farther in the story line. It could have something to do with the ARC copy I received. The formatting was horrible. First off, there were no chapters, no stopping points. Remember how I said that the story is in both Kerrick and Avry's POV? Well the switch between them didn't even warrant a separate paragraph. So I would be reading about Avry running around with her comrades training and then all of a sudden she's being tortured by a tribesman. It would take me a while to get my bearings that this was Kerrick, not Avry and by the time I got adjusted, they'd switch again. Now I'm sure this problem will be fixed for the finish copy but that was a huge distraction for me. Just when I would start to get into the story a bit, I would be knocked off kilter again.
I just didn't really enjoy the second story to be honest. This happened with her Poison series as well. I was hoping though, that since I was so in love with Touch of Magic, that I would gobble this story up as well but that just wasn't the case. It's a decent story once the formatting is fixed but even so, I won't be clamoring for the next book. I found that everything that I loved from the first book was missing in this one. It didn't even seem like it would be the same storyline.
Posted December 17, 2012
I was so eager to read Scent of Magic and had such high expectations for it, but unfortunately, I was left utterly disappointed. This has been the second time I have read a sequel by Maria V. Snyder and was let down with how the book went. The first was Outside In, the sequel to Inside Out, that one I couldn’t even finish. There was just so much that I didn’t like in Scent of Magic that I can’t just brush it off as me being picky.
I’ll begin with the general plot. I was so confused. What was going on??? I had no idea. There were so many people, places, and story lines that I didn’t remember and the book just moved on without any explanations. I was lost. I understand that it’s a sequel and I should remember what happened in the first, but due to the fact that everything in this series has a weird name it was pretty mch impossible for me to keep track. Even the people introduced in Scent of Magic were hard to keep track of.
The issue that I had with remember things just led to even more problems for me as the story moved forward. While I struggled to remember who was who and what was what, I noticed that there wasn’t much really happening. Everything was dragging and pages were devoted just to conversations that led nowhere. The book was told from two different views, too. That confused me even more. Some chapters were told from Avry’s point of view in 1st person, and others were told from Kerrick’s in 3rd person… I was confused enough with what was happening with Avry, I did not need to know Kerrick’s side too.
To further prove just how upset I was with the book, I’ll discuss the fact that Kerrick and Avry parted ways at the beginning of the book. That was not necessary. I mean, the only reason I loved Touch of Power was because of them two. I wanted them to be together, now they’re just separated for the whole book? No. Not fun. I was so upset. I didn’t even understand was Kerrick was off doing and why they had to be separated, I was still confused from what I didn’t remember.
I wish I had enjoyed Scent of Magic more after all that anticipation waiting for the book. There were some fun parts that I enjoyed reading, but for the most part, the book was boring and it just seemed to keep going on and on. I wanted it to be over and I’m disappointed with the plot and the fact that the main characters were separated right from the beginning. I’m definitely not reading the next book in the series. I’m done. I’m only giving it a 2 out of 5 because I loved the characters from the first book and there were like 5 pages out of the 400+ that I actually enjoyed reading.
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