- Publisher: Mira Books
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 30mm | 295g
- Publication date: 18 December 2012
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills
- ISBN 10: 0778314189
- ISBN 13: 9780778314189
- Illustrations note: maps
- Sales rank: 19,821
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.
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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.
By Jennifer Juckes 24 Feb 2014
As this is the second book in the series I am not going to give and plot lines or spoilers.
The first book Touch of Power scored pretty high for me, so Scent of Magic had pretty much a heck of a lot to live up to. I did enjoy it very much, but I have to admit I much preferred the first book.
I think this is because a lot of book two is basically battle and strategy, whilst this was interesting I did miss the humour that I found in book one. It is definitely a darker book. I wanted the characters to develop a bit more too, there are some I find really interesting but they get a bit lost in the story. I certainly do not dislike the book, I just hope book three lives up to the standard of these two. The author certainly knows how to build a whole new world, I find the description excellent and can almost feel like I'm in the forest with Kerrick and Avry.
I really like Avry and also have a soft spot for Kerrick, so it will be interesting to see where the story goes for these two. I love this series and have immediately moved on to book three, Taste of Darkness. I'm quite sad there are only three books as I do love the characters. I've only read one other series by Maria V Snyder and that is her Glass series. The Healer series is by far my favourite and I haven't even read book three yet!
A great addition to the series, lots of battle and strategy in this one. You do lose a bit of humour and playfulness you had with the "monkeys".
By Tracy Lawton 13 Nov 2013
Kerrick has to go back to Alga to prepare his family and country for a war with Tohon, but Avry wants to find her sister and repair their estrangement, so they head off in different direction. Avry should remain hidden and this should be made easier by the fact that everyone thinks she is dead but she soon infiltrates Estrid's army and helps train teams to go silent in the forest. She can keep an eye on her sister and give Tohon's enemies an added advantage against his dead warriors.
I really enjoyed this book. Even more so than the first book in this series. There are so many twists and just as you think the end is mere pages away and you have your happy ending, BANG! Nooooo!! I really hope the wait for book three is not too long because I am feeling quite bereft at the moment.(less)
By Dani Chapman 01 Jan 2013
After reading Touch of Power and just completely, utterly loving it I knew I had to read Scent of Power. Maria V. Snyder writes such wonderful stories with the right amounts of action and romance and such captivating characters; you just lose yourself in their world while you are reading.
Now this is a continuation of Avery and Kerrick's story. Unfortunately for most of the book they have to travel two different paths that lead them on very different adventures. Now while I understand the reasons behind this, what I did not like is the way the story switched from Avery to Kerrick and back again.
There are a lot of plot twists I wasn't expecting and I love seeing Avery become more brave and sure about herself in her world. She is a strong female character and yet she still has strong emotions and feelings for the people around her.
The only thing that makes me really sad is that this book ends with such a huge cliffhanger and we won't get to find out what happens for another year. How am I going to survive!!
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 12 Nov 2012
Maria has done it again. This next instalment of the Healer series is just as amazing as I've come to expect of her writing.
I love the world that she's created. It has magic elements, but I can totally see myself a part of what she describes. There are beautiful descriptions as well as awesome emotional detail that pulls me in and has me invested in the characters. When something happens, whether it is tragedy striking or a moment of joy, I want to celebrate or cry right along with them.
I loved being in Avry's head, and the use of 1st person POV. She has such a great voice and she amuses me with her wit and awes me with her intelligence. It is always a pleasure to watch her interact with Kerrick, Belen, the monkeys as well as some new and intriguing characters she finds herself surrounded by. She commands respect, even if it is not at first glance. She knows her craft, and I enjoy that confidence.
We also get to be in Kerrick's head, and that is also quite a perspective. The only thing that threw me, was the switches in POV and perspective. It was fine mostly going from 1st to 3rd person, but in the arc, there was really no indication that it was switching and I would often be confused until I realized that the perspectives had switched. This is an easy fix, and I am hoping that the finished copy will have something more distinctive.
Anyways, back to more of what I loved. There was so many things going on with the plot, and Avry kept finding new ways to get herself in the thick of action, "in trouble again." This book is in no way a filler, there was so many major events that happened, as well as new trials and plots that bring more to be resolved in the next book. Speaking of, I cannot wait to get it in my hands and find out what happens next.
Bottom line: I love this series, the characters and Maria's writing.
"A compelling new fantasy series."-SFX magazine on Sea Glass