Title: Scent of Magic (Healer #2)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Release date: December 18th 2012
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Read an excerpt here
**Contains spoilers if you haven´t read Touch of Power**
Read my review of Touch of Power HERE.
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.
Scent of Magic begins shortly after the events of Touch of Magic, so I almost had a heart attack or something, when I realize that after all that happen in the previous book and finally Avry and Kerrick admitted their feelings for each other and are together as a couple, Avry decides not to follow Kerrick to Ivdel, where they´re supposed to join with the rest of the group. At that moment I thought that I might not like this book as much as Touch of Power because Kerrick was going to be absent for the rest of the story, and I finally liked Kerrick's character, so I was kind of sad for a couple of minutes until I found that each chapter is divided into two parts, one is Avry´s POV and another small part of the chapter is from Kerrick´s POV (.... yes!). So although the two characters are separated at the beginning of the story, because Kerrick has to travel to Ivdel to meet with Prince Ryne, and Avry decides to stay on this side of the Nine Mountains and has her own secret mission, I loved this book.
Scent of Magic is AMAZING! in this book I felt the story was more fast paced, because we already "know" the world of the Fifteen Realms, so the plot moves faster and there are more action and intrigue than its predecessor; is a great second book.
Scent of Magic is a book worth reading, definitely a must read, its characters are wonderful, with a strong independent female character, she´s very smart and with a strong male character, he´s headstrong, a leader (although he doesn´t want to be a leader) and I´m thankful for his POV because I got to know him a little bit more. And as I said on my review of Touch of Power, the villain is excellent he´s really crazy, but I loved him, he's one of my favorite villains. I recommend this book for every epic fantasy lover.
Now, I´m looking forward to the next book, Taste of Death.
I want to thank Harlequin Mira and Netgalley for this review copy.
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