Scent of Magic (Healer Series #2)

Scent of Magic (Healer Series #2)

by Maria V. Snyder
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Scent of Magic (Healer Series #2) by Maria V. Snyder

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778314189
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Series: Healer Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 329,324
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.

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Scent of Magic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
Avry the Lily Whisperer After reading the first few chapters I actually went back and double-checked that it was indeed written by Snyder. It seems to lack her natural flair and intricate world-building ability. The beginning was confusing and the end was what I would expect of a novice storyteller. Only the main body of the book seemed to have an essence of what Snyder is capable of. It is almost as if she has taken a step back from the series. Knowing what an incredible abundance of creativity and character development she usually packs into her books, I was more than a little surprised. Avry is back from the dead and eager to go undercover to defeat Tohon. The boundaries between life and death are at the very least not a black and white issue anymore. What was alive is dead and yet still walking around and what is supposed to be dead seems to be quite alive. This state of affairs is linked to a secret substance created by Tohon. The return of the healer is met with suspicion and mistrust by even those closest to her. That makes it harder for Avry to identify friend or foe. I would like to see Snyder delve a little deeper into the connection of the plants with Avry, who has become a bit of a Lily-whisperer. Her relationship with Kerrick was completely secondary to the plot and even the strange attraction to the evil one himself took more of backburner during the story. What Snyder did focus on was the war and the surrounding tribes, possibly with an eye on future conflicts to come. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my review.
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Made me kill my whole family. 10/10
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
Another one that I didn’t figure was a sequel until I started reading. This book is an excellent read though. I loved Avry, I quickly picked up on the worldbuilding, which is quite extensive and impressive, and all characters seem well-motivated and three-dimensional. Excellent writing too. No wonder this was a bestseller.
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This book caused a lot of trouble with my social life; I couldn't  put it down! 
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l_manning More than 1 year ago
Avry survived her first run-in with the evil King Tohon. Well, kind of. Technically she died, but was saved by a plant that may be way more important than she though. She also managed to fall for Kerrick, her traveling partner. However, things are not looking good for the good guys, so Avry and Kerrick part ways for the better good. Avry goes undercover in the army of her sort of ally Estrid while Kerrick goes home to get the aid of his kingdom that he kind of abandoned. Both of them will run into peril and surprises around every corner. If they can manage to stay alive, they might be able to just might be able to figure out how to win this war. I was really excited to read this book because I loved the first one in this series. I found the beginning to be a little clunky though. I know it's hard to write enough so that a new reader knows what's going on while still moving the story forward, but this seemed a bit awkward. Luckily things smooth out fairly quickly, and once the story gets past the introduction it hums along at a fairly quick clip. There are two main stories here when Avry and Kerrick split up at the beginning. They are both full of peril, and there are plenty of twists and turns for both of them. I really enjoyed the surprises. There were several I did not see coming, so that was really fun. Avry was still a capable and awesome character. She is very determined and wants to make sure she takes care of as many people as possible. Kerrick's parts of the story were fairly short, so I didn't feel that I knew him quite as well. It was still an interesting addition to the overall story. I guess by nature of being a middle book, it was very dark for the most part. There weren't a lot of happy points, but that helped make the few bright spots even better. Overall the book kept my interest throughout, but the ending was killer. I hate cliffhangers though, and this was a big one. Did it pique my interest for the next book though? Absolutely. Mission accomplished there. This is a great fantasy book, and I really can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure torture to have to wait until December 31 to find out what happens. Death Lily, just eat me now! I read the book in a day and a half. On the edge of my seat. I don't usually write reviews, but I HAD to find out when the next book would be available as soon as I finished the final page. Please, wait and buy the series at once. Save yourself from the heartache
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Danielle Book provided by: NetGalley Review originally posted at Romancing the Book : 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.
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Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and Netgalley.) This is the second book in the ‘Healer’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘Touch of Power’ left off. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Touch of Power’** Following her healing by the peace lily, Avry decides that the best thing for her to do is to allow her enemies to believe her dead, so that she may work under cover. Leaving Kerrick, even though they have only just admitted their feelings for one another, Avry travels back to ‘Mom’ (who we met in the first book) who helps her with a disguise. Avry then infiltrates the army, and begins teaching them Kerrick’s tricks for moving through the forest unheard. Avry’s plan is to not only aid the army against Tohon’s army (and zombies – which they don’t believe her about), but also to try and reconnect with her sister Noelle (who tried to kill her in book 1 – slightly nuts). Kerrick on the other hand travels home (I think?) to give people the news that Avry is dead and rally his own army, but gets ambushed by some large zombie ufas on the way and then gets jumped by the person leading the ufas – Cellina, but she lets him go and lies to the king that the ufas killed him (not sure why she does this). Now Avry is intent on stopping Tohon’s zombies, and figuring out exactly what he has been doing with the death lilies. But how long will her disguise fool people for? How will Avry react to the news that Kerrick is dead? And will they triumph against Tohon’s armies? This book confused the hell out of me, and the last two lines were an absolute killer! I really liked the first book in this series, I often have problems keeping up with the storyline in fantasy novels, but I didn’t really get that with the first book. It seems that all the confusion was being stored up for this book though! It’s not even that long since I read the first book, it’s only about 5 weeks, and I still got confused! Avry basically wants people to think that she’s dead so that they’re not looking for her and trying to kill her – good plan if you ask me. What I didn’t really get was why she was so intent on making up with her sister when the last time she saw her she tried to kill her! I mean, why not just leave well alone? Especially when you’re trying to not get killed, and the woman your sister works for is also trying to kill you! Anyway, Avry can’t possibly just go into hiding or something, so instead she finds the army, talks her way in, and then begins training them to walk quietly. I sort-of understood that part, but Kerrick’s journey? Not a clue I’m afraid. He got attacked by some zombie ufas, and the girl controlling them (Cellina) took his sword and told king Tohon that the ufas had killed him. What happened to him after this? I don’t know, I got seriously confused. Why did Cellina cover for him? Not sure on that one either. Who were the other people he ended up running into and helping? Not a clue. Anyway, there were parts that I understood and liked! I kinda liked the way King Tohon managed to turn Avry on just by touching her, I liked how once again the lilies and their venom was a key part of the story, and I liked how Avry and Kerrick eventually found their way back to each other. The storyline overall was a bit bland though, and in my opinion this book had a serious case of middle book syndrome, it seems that even Avry can’t cure that. The ending though? Oh my! This bland, confusing story hit us with one hell of an ending. Ms Snyder – those final 2 sentences made me want to scream!!! ‘No!’ How can you do that?! To Avry and to us?! Let’s just say that those final 2 lines had more impact on me than the entirety of the second book, and now I might have to read book 3! Overall; a fantasy story that was unfortunately a little bland and difficult to get through, with a major cliff-hanger at the end. 6 out of 10.
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