Scent of Magic

Scent of Magic Ah,Kerry.You ve found your heartAnd I lost mine with that endingI get it,life isn t fair,not even in books.But I suppose that s what makes them realistic,if there is no pain and agony they don t resemble reality.Still,Avry and Kerrick had their fair share of troubles and sorrow.After her fake death,Avry wanted to spend some time being someone else,she wanted to make amends with her sister and gather intelligence on their allies whereabouts.The real reason though behind the decision that took her away from Kerrick was that she feared Tohon s reaction to her survival.Pretending she was an army sergeant,she changed her appearance and tried to contribute to a war that seemed like a lost cause,since Tohon s walking dead were not easy opponents.Meanwhile,Kerrick returned to the north to help Ryne and fight the tribes that attacked his kingdom.As much as he wanted to hold Avry in his arms again,he couldn t leave his country defenceless against the barbarians,who turned out to be quite fascinating people.Betrayals,huge revelations,backstabbings and so many plot twists made Scent of Magic a unique novel.It was intriguing than the first and narrated in dual POV and for that I am thankful since Avry and Kerrick were separated during most of the book and made my heart ache My man has eyes that change color with the seasons.They didn t deserve all these hardships.The war was ruthless,cruel,you could not guess anyone s loyalty or motives,only waiting in utter frustration and desperation their next move,their next plan and the next obstacle.Maria V.Snyder did a great job setting the reader on edge,there were times I was shaking and could not properly breathe.I hate Tohon,he is one of the worst villains because he actually thinks he is doing the right thing.His jealousy over Kerrick is so sick and twisted,he gave me goosebumps I suffered with my heroes,their deaths and their heartbreaks and mostly when Avry and Kerrick were not together.Kerrick has become one of my most beloved heroes,he was willing to sacrifice himself to save others,and his affection towards Danny was heartwarming I missed the dynamic between the original gang but this made their scenes even precious.Scent of Magic was a wonderful second book in Healer series,and I hope I will not bawl like a baby in the finale.Highly unlikely,but a girl can dream. Can t beat book one This review is purely for me and might contain spoilers and facts from the book to keep myself in the known at all time It s also long and somewhat detailed. Re read 07.06.2018 We re back with Avry of Kazan 21 , who is a healer she absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself by laying hands upon the injured and dying She and Kerrick split up to do different things Kerrick has to meet up with Ryne, while Avry needs to find her sister, and while doing that, gather intel Avry pretends to be Irina of Gubkin Realm to keep up the false news of her being dead and to join Estrid s army to teach them to be silent She becomes a Sergeant and start teaching in the hopes it will help against Tohon Meanwhile, Kerrick has an own enemy to defeat Overall, though I like that we get to have both Avry s and Kerrick s POV, I didn t like how they are apart for the whole book The book also can t measure up to book one It was, at times, boringWe don t take orders from you, Sergeant Quain said Your man tried to assassinate He isn t mine My man has eyes that change color with the seasonsOther characters I ve put these in a spoilers tag simply because it s a long list contains spoilers. view spoiler view spoiler Prince hide spoiler OMG THERES A SECOND ONE healer 2 click scrolls down Expected publication 2013 what the UPDATEPhew, It s been changed to December 2012 But stillWHY CAN T THE BOOK BE ALREADY PUBLISHED Update 12 21 Check out my interview with Maria V Snyder where she takes my questions about Scent of Magic on my blog.I m disappointed, really disappointed I ve heard of Maria Snyder s sequel curse , but I ve never experienced it firsthand, having never read any of her sequels Though that s probably a good thing, because from what I can tell, Scent of Magic is Magic Study all over again a letdown that wastes much of the promise of the first book.I hate to say it, but everything I loved about Touch of Power has been completely leeched from this sequel When I first met Avry, she was this awesome character, on the run from everyone, the last healer in the Fifteen Realms She had me at that first scene when she was agonizing over whether to heal that little girl, and scene after scene after that, as she s facing her impending execution, slowly building relationships with Kerrick and his gang, deciding whether to heal Rhyne, facing off against Tohon, I just kept thinking, wow, she s such an enormously complex and conflicted character Well, no , because Scent of Magic drops all that in favor of plot development which barely treads water, and I m sorry to report that there s almost zero character development Where s that girl who impressed me with her inner turmoil over her role in a world destroyed by plague I never found her, because this entire book is just Avry doing whatever the plot mandates, mostly by Tohon s machinations, occasionally by someone else, Jael, the soldiers Avry s training, or, when she has the time, angsting over Kerrick Avry s few scenes with her sister, one of weaker parts of the first book, provide one of the few glimpses into her character and just left me deeply unsatisfied.Part of it is also Snyder s choice to split up Avry from Kerrick, and the two of them from everyone else The camaraderie of their little group was one of the highlights of the first book, and I highly question Snyder s decision to send Kerrick off to do his own thing in alternating chapters of third person point of view, while separating Avry from Belen and the others who we barely see and introducing new characters who just couldn t fill the hole left in the group dynamic It s not like Kerrick s mission was all that integral to the plot of the story I can see how it ll turn out as a Gondor calls for aid type situation in the next book, but the whole thing felt oddly out of place in this book, in the fight against Tohon, like Snyder s saying, here s some new stuff that doesn t fit with anything else but it ll be important later, trust me but it only ends up making the chapters focusing on Avry s plan , training Estrid s army against Tohon s undead while undercover, really really repetitive and boring, like she s in a holding pattern Then there are the parts where Avry thinks Kerrick is dead, and her reactions when she gets news about him is just unbelievable and weird Actually, the emotions just never felt right including with a big spoiler concerning the status of a favorite character from the last book Oh, and the constant cliffhangers every time the point of view changes gets really old really fast Worse still, Scent of Magic highlights a lot of the weaker aspects of the first book I d been able to brush aside previously, but really can t ignore any Setting has never been this series strong suit, but it s pretty obvious now the heavy character focus really carried Touch of Power Because the first chapter of this book A recap of the world building done before, and it really shows how shallow the Fifteen Realms are, with the characters just reciting a bunch of names, lines, and dots on a map What sets Kazan apart from Sogra What s unique of Pomyt These are the little details that make reading sentences basically saying we ve just spent X days getting to town Y on the map fun, well, unless the characters make the journey enjoyable, but this time around, they didn t, they were just traveling And Tohon I m appalled, he was a serviceable villain in Touch of Power, but now I m embarrassed from him He lets Avry get away with way too much without any rational reason basically, he s only a threat because Avry s got too much of a conscience to actually kill him The handling of the Death and Peace lilies too, there are some new developments and mysteries but I don t think I learned anything new about how they work, that, Tohon s undead, the fill in the blanks geography made worse by the training and the patrols , the slow pacing at the beginning and the almost blink and you ll miss it resolution of an ending, it really shatters the fantasy immersion.Hmm, the only thing that doesn t bother me is the cliffhanger ending If you pay attention to the writing, what we know about Death and Peace lilies, and particularly the foreshadowing, it s quite obvious what s going on But I don t know what to say, between the incompetent villain, the flat setting, Kerrick s mess of a B plot, the supporting gang almost vanishing into thin air, and Avry losing every interesting aspect to her character, Maria Snyder, what happened Review Once again I was swept into the world of Avry, Kerrick, and the rest of the characters as they experience love, loss and many adventures I almost wish I had waited to read this second book of the Healer trilogy until the third book was out, just because of the way this book ended Scent of Magic starts off with Avry and Kerrick going their separate ways in hopes of being able to get a bigger army together to go up against Tohon and his army AT first I was worried this meant way less Kerrick, but actually, instead of just seeing Avry s point of view, we also get to see Kerrick s, which was really nice Even though we still got a lot of Kerrick throughout the book, I found myself wishing for Kerrick and Avry together, I just love them as a couple There were a few losses, some bigger than others, while another one actually got brought back, which I wasn t expecting at all I love how instead of having so much detail that it takes half the book to explain stuff, Maria V Snyder just gets right into the action and adventure right away, and I really love that, especially with this Healer trilogy When I got near the end I was SO happy about Kerrick and Avry, until the VERY LAST FREAKING PAGE I seriously wanted to cry REALLY THAT S IT Total freakin cliff hanger ending, and now I have to wait until 2014 to find out what happens There is just not enough words to explain how amazing this book was It was definitely just as good as the first book, but that s about all I can say without giving anyway way, it s just one you HAVE to read if you ve read Touch of Power When the book first had a cover and description OOOMMMGGGG I sssooo can t wait to read this I LOVED Touch of Power, it was freaking amazing, one of my top most favourite books I have NO doubt this book will be just as freakin amazing I might die of excitement when I get this book in my hands This is my review in images to better explain how I felt When I started reading it When I found out Kerrick was still in the story The ending of the book when I read the very last page then SpoilersI wasn t planning on reading this since I disliked the first book When I saw it at the library I decided to give the author another chance I m nice like that since I loved her Study trilogy so much I also reasoned that it couldn t possibly be as bad as the first book Thankfully, it wasn t However, it wasn t any better either So, I guess that s something right I had a lot of issues with this I think it s easiest if I just list them below in a disorganised and ranty way The writing and dialogue didn t suit the fantasy type setting it was too modern The slang, speech and inner monologue took me right out of the story For exampleI missed a lot of cool stuffandwe re screwedandKill me nowandewwwand swell and super.With writing like that, I m hardly going to be thinking of magic, fantasy, kings, kingdoms and swords No, I m going to be thinking of high school, malls and Gossip Girl The writing should reflect the setting of the book The characters called each other stupid nicknames, like the monkeys, Mom and poppa bear Belen aka poppa bear was meant to be a strong deadly soldier but every time someone would call him poppa bear , I could no longer buy his role as a respected and formidable warrior No, instead I just thought of him as a giant dumb cuddly bear The nicknames felt completely out of place Kerrick s POV was dull, he made Avry s bland narration seem almost exciting For the majority of the book, they were separated Usually I hate it when authors split the couple in the sequel but I didn t mind it this time around since Avry and Kerrick were even boring together than when they were apart.At times I felt like I was reading two different stories as Kerrick s POV rarely reflected or intertwined with Avry s I m guessing that Kerrick s journey to his own kingdom, his capture and his time with the tribes will play a role in the final book but that doesn t change the fact that for the most part his POV felt out of place I noticed that Snyder attempted to redeem Kerrick s abusive behaviour towards Avry by giving him a taste of his own medicine However, his redemption didn t work on me Kerrick ends up beaten, tied to a tree and starved was I meant to care I didn t Him being tortured didn t lessen or erase what he did to Avry.I also felt that Tohon was only depicted as a rapey violent douche just so Kerrick could look good in comparison It was a bit likeOoh Kerrick beat Avry but it s okay he s a decent guy because he only did it because he was stressed and he was remorseful afterwards and when you compare him with the other love interest he s the best guy for her He s dreamy compared to Tohon who is an unapologetic sadistic fucker that kills kidYea, I m not buying it Kerrick should come across as a decent hero on his own merits and not because he seems good in comparison to someone else.I have no doubt in my mind that Kerrick would hit Avry again if he ever lost his temper Sure, he made a vow not to hit anyone again but if he struck out at a defenseless girl before when he lost his temper, then I hardly think him saying he won t do it again would stop him He didn t even seem all that passionate about his vow I really don t think that he felt remorse or regret for slapping and torturing Avry the most emotion he had in regard to his past treatment of her was a little bit of sheepishness He didn t redeem himself at all I had no respect for Avry AT ALL She was such an annoying martyr and I couldn t stand her She excuses Kerrick hitting her and mentions the fact that she managed to forgive him for it And the way it was written was as if it was the right thing to do to learn to forgive the man that slapped, hurt and starved her That s right girls, when a guy hits you you just need to get over it and not be a bitter, hateful, resentful bitch A good heroine girl forgives guys for beating and torturing themI remembered my own hatred when Kerrick had backhanded me Even after his apology and promise never to do it again, I couldn t trust him It took time and courage to change my mind What utter bullshit and lies It didn t take time or fucking courage She was pissed at him for all of 5 seconds she trusted him or less straight away even though he d done nothing to earn her trust And since when has it been courageous to forgive and trust the guy that s beaten you Avry s forgiving ways irked me a great deal Her so called friends Ryne, Quain, Flea and Loren abandoned her when war broke out They purposefully planned on leaving her on her own so they could be safe themselves they also left knowing that she would be captured by Tohon an evul bastard that they knew wanted to rape her They left her without a second thought when they were well aware of all the dangers she d have to face Did Avry feel mad No Did she feel betrayed No Did she feel angry or bitter No She was just slightly pissed at her friends for a couple of paragraphs and then she was totally cool about them fucking her over Because that s just the way she rolls Ugh Ryne pissed me off In the last book he was at death s door, and Kerrick desperately searched for a healer Avry to save him Avry didn t want to heal Ryne because he was responsible for the execution of thousands of healers including her friends but Kerrick and co convinced her that they needed Ryne to defeat Tohon and his evil zombie army apparently no one else had the brains or skill to win a war against Tohon Avry gave her life for Ryne because he was going to save everyone Naturally, I was expecting Ryne to wow me with his genius tactics since he was made out to be so vital to the war Kerrick s motto was that they couldn t possibly win without him So I was expecting to be blown away by this character that would use his superb skill and superior knowledge to best Tohon Is that what happened No Sure, the characters were all saying that the strategies Ryne was coming up were brilliant but nothing he said or did struck me as particularly intelligent or inspired Where was the so called military genius After all the drama about Ryne the speshul snowflake in Touch of Magic, I thought I d actually get to read about his super speshul snowflake abilities Instead, he came across as mediocre and easily replaceable everything he did was meh than genius His genius ideas to win the war were as follows Team up with another army Estrid s so they would have a chance at beating Tohon Yea, that was just common sense not genius Take his own soldiers and leave Estrid s to fight so he could run away and hide from Tohon s army That wasn t genius it was cowardly and disgusting Fight Tohon s army by ordering small groups of soldiers to sneakily attack some of Tohon s men Again, anyone could have thought of that it wasn t a brilliant or brave move Safely hide in a cave whilst his soldiers do all the work What exactly was genius about any of that It s not enough to just be told someone is a genius, I need a character to display it in some form or another I need to be shown it through characters actions, decisions and choices And Ryne didn t which just makes the driving force behind the first book Avry giving up her life to save Ryne so he could save everyone else a joke Quain was a dick The way he acted towards Avry when he found out she was alive was vile He was pissed at her for pretending she was dead That was fine, but he stayed angry at her for ages and ages even when she apologised and explained her reasonings She only hid the truth to protect herself and make sure she didn t end up with a sadistic rapist Quain had no right to act like such a bitch and throw such a hissy fit He should have just been glad she was alive but no, he wanted to lord her one lie over her for as long as possible because he was a dick.I hate that heroines can t ever be anything other than 100% honest otherwise they are evul lying whores yet heroes can lie and it s perfectly okay because they have reasons but no reason is valid enough for a heroine to lie Heroines must always be punished for lying And the funny thing was that after he made a huge song and dance about Avry lying he went ahead and did much worse He hid Ryne s plan to hide from Tohon s army and then abandoned her in a middle of a war when he knew that Tohon would get her and act rapey towards her Avry lying and hiding from Quain and co didn t put his life in danger whereas Quain s deception not only put her life in danger but also put her at risk of being raped by a sadistic fucker Is Avry mad at Quain s betrayal Not really She was a bit bitter for a few minutes and then she forgave him you see he had reasons and heroines should understand those reasons and just forgive The moral of the story is that a good decent girl should understand that guys have legitimate reasons for lying and they should forgive and forget accordingly they cannot be angry, bitter or upset They should also realise that they themselves have NO excuse or reason to lie Whereas, a guy can lie because of course he has reasons and he can also be bitter and pissed for long periods of time if he should discover that a girl has ever lied to him Ugh I m so sick of the double standards in books Avry only seemed to care about the guys in her life Even her sister didn t come across as all that important to her It was all about Kerrick, Belen, Flea, Ryne and the other men in her life Heaven forbid she actually have a close friendship with a female character She did make a couple of female friends but I didn t think they counted since 1 She wasn t particularly close to them 2 They were barely in it and 3 One of them ended up dead and the other ended up evil.Avry should have had at the very least one prominent female character that she was close to Too many cliched characters the boring overly forgiving Mary Sue heroine, the emo hero, the evul ex girlfriend, the one dimensional villain who wants to rule the kingdom just because he s evul There were no original or complex characters they were all rubbish What was the point of the cliffhanger Its obvious Kerrick s not going to die He ll probably be saved by some stupid deus ex machina Then he ll declare his wuv to Avry even though he s never actually shown it before and then they ll run off into the sunset together and Kerrick will beat Avry everyday and she ll love all that sweet sweet abusive love Ugh.All in all, a huge disappointment. Saw the cover..was like this On The Bookshelves Full Review Scent of Magic is the second book in the Healer series by Maria V Snyder and it was a fantastic read Second book slump Not for this book as it was equally as entrancing as the first In the first novel, Touch of Power, we meet Avry of Kazan who possesses the ability to heal well, like transfer the injuries to herself and then heal quickly than others However, after a plague tore through the land, the healers were blamed and now very few healers are left Her power becomes needed by a band of rogues who have been after a Healer to cure Prince Ryne of the plague, who has been in a magical stasis to prevent it worsening The group encounter many setbacks in the journey to Prince Ryne and Avry is stubborn against saving him, because she knows it would kill her life But as their journey continues, she grows closer to them and they soon become her friends With threats far greater to Avry s world, she makes the decision to heal Prince Ryne, but the magic in her world saves her as it s not done with her just yet.When it comes to picking up the sequel to a book, I always go into it very hesitantly because very often the second installment can be very disappointing after such a fantastic opening I felt this way when starting Scent of Magic as this was the first series I had read by Maria V Snyder, so I had no prior knowledge about what to expect However, as I gradually read further into the book, I realised this book was equally as good as the first The book opens with Avry and Kerrick together I quite like this couple and it s cute that they both have powers healer and a forest mage and somehow they make each other stronger Avry is back from the dead somehow and soon the two are discussing what to do next They decide to reluctantly part ways Avry is to go find her sister and Kerrick is to join Prince Ryne Naturally, of course, things don t go to plan and Avry finds herself joining Estrid s army as a sergeant I loved this whole plot of Avry joining the army to train them to go silent within the forest and the other characters that were present during this were fantastic lots of banter, fun and tension.Since Avry and Kerrick are separated in this book, each chapter is from Avry s point of view and at the end of each one, there s about 5 or so pages from Kerrick s POV which contains what s going on with him With some books, POV s can come off as the same voice which really irks me and I usually end up hating it However, Snyder has given the two characters their own individual voices and I found it great to be reading Kerrick s POV so we knew what was happening with him and being captured by the tribes.At first I wasn t really sure about the whole Death and Peace Lily concept when reading Touch of Power, but now it seems interesting after learning details about what Tohon was doing attempting to create healers like Danny and Zila and now discovering that the Peace Lily has preserved Flea and he lives It s very interesting that Flea seems to have some kind of power and I hope to see what it is exactly in the next novel.This novel kept me on my toes and I was shocked about some of the twists that Snyder incorporated, such as the end scene with Avry, Tohon, Kerrick and Cellina I definitely wasn t expecting it at all and it makes me really happy when I don t go guess what s going to happen early on and at the end go so I was right , even though it s quite satisfying knowing you were right.Overall, I really like Snyder s writing It flows so well, the storyline is interesting and the magic concept is fantastic I m intrigued to try one of her other series and see what they are like Even though Snyder was around first, if you re a fan of Sarah J Maas, I think you d really like this series to read whilst you re waiting for the next book release It s also very refreshing to still be reading YA books and have the main character be older Avry is 21 I think it causes the character to feel developed and creates a better storyline I have no complaints about younger protagonists, because that s what YA usually is, but I just think once in a while, it s nice to have a bit of a change. What Why Maria V Snyder How could you I had the opportunity to read the ARC of Touch of Power over a year ago and absolutely loved it Avry, Kerrick, Belen, Flea and the monkeys had such great chemistry, and their adventures really sucked me in Although, I would have to say I loved the first book way , but worry not because this one far from disappoints.First of all, I really liked how Snyder found a way to continue the concepts from the first book The gang has to find a way to stop Tohon before he brings war to the 15 Realms In the meantime, they have to warn everyone about the unusual army and figure out the secrets of the Peace and Death Lilies, as well as any possible connection tying them together.The other thing is, usually when a character goes through so much, they tend to change in the second book as they either become depressed or really angry I liked that Avry continued to be the character that I loved so much in book 1 She was so selfless, no matter friend or foe She was brave and determined, and she had that spark that made her so admirable.HOWEVEROne of the reasons why I thought the first book was so great is because of the supporting characters In this one, they kind of had their own roles, and even though it s all part of the big plan and the camaraderie is still there, this book lacked that interaction between the gang Don t get me wrong, there are scenes where they are together, and you do see that fondness they have for each other, along with the great dialogue Along with that was that Avry and Kerrick had their own roles to play, so this book doesn t have that tension and the constant bickering that intrigued me And there are new friends, but it s just not the same And my favorite character was hardly in the book The other thing is this book alternates between Avry s and Kerrick s point of view, and as much as I love Kerrick, I almost wished his part or maybe the majority of it was cut out for this book Now before all of you Kerrick fans start grabbing your pitchforks, his POV was kind of a side story because they did not share the length as Avry s Also, I kind of felt his adventures were kind of insignificant, for lack of a better word, at least in this book, especially compared to Ryne s or other characters in this book.I m sure his scenes lead up to the next one, but I almost felt as if Snyder used his POV because they had to be separated and TOP fans would be upset if Kerrick wasn t in it For me, however, it was frustrating because it kept interrupting the story, especially because of the way she ended each chapter just about all of them were so climatic they were a mini cliffhanger It s like watching TV, and they give you that surprising dum, dum, dum right before you cut to commercial break It was infuriating because I wanted to kno what happened next And by the time I got back to Avry s point of view, some of that anticipation has kind of worn off so I just didn t feel as excited about it I don t think I would have missed much if he recounted his tale, as other characters did, or even make his story a novella or make them longer scenes and fewer parts that constantly interrupt Avry s story.And the end OMG Only this time, there wasn t another chapter for me to find out Why, oh, why Sigh I guess I ll just have to wait another year, as Snyder has announced that Taste of Death, the conclusion to this trilogy will be out December 2013 However, the name does not sound to promising, now does it Hunted, Killed Survived 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 BattleThough 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 DefeatWar Is Coming And Avry Is Alone Unless She Figures Out How To Do The Impossible Again

When Maria V Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn t in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not excitingat all Bored at work and needing a creative out

➟ [Epub] ❤ Scent of Magic By Maria V. Snyder ➩ –
  • Paperback
  • 414 pages
  • Scent of Magic
  • Maria V. Snyder
  • English
  • 18 April 2018
  • 9781848452046

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