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Book Review: Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

It’s pretty much a guarantee that I’ll read anything by Maria V. Snyder that obviously includes Scent of Magic, her newest book. This is the second book in the Healer series, and I’m loving where things are going.

Book Review: Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

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Title & Author: Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: December 15, 2011

Series: #2 in the Healer series

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley


“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 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.”

War & BFFs

Something that Snyder includes in her books time and time again are awesome friendships. She nails the funny banter, occasional arguments and frequent overprotectiveness that have their place in great friendships.

On that front, Scent of Magic delivers. Avry becomes part of an army that is resisting Tohon’s forces and must prove herself to the group of hardened soldiers.

For me, the relationships are what really drove this story. I’m not one for tactical details and military strategy. The information confuses things for me, especially if the author expects their readers like me to keep up.

Scent of Magic doesn’t have a TON of that, but there are definitely moments were I zoned out a bit due to a slight lack of interest.

Also, I had a bit of trouble reconnecting to the story. Scent of Magic picks up almost exactly where it left off in Touch of Power.

In most books, there’s almost an annoying amount of recap from the previous book. Not so here. If you haven’t just read Touch of Power, I recommend giving yourself a brief refresher to avoid becoming really confused.

Another slight bummer was that Avry actually doesn’t use her healing powers much in this book. She’s trying to hide who she really is to keep her cover, so healing is a no-go. ALSO, don’t get too attached to any characters because Snyder will CRUSH YOUR EMOTIONS!

…that’s as much as I’ll say about that.

Things you can look forward to:

  • Hilarious dialogue
  • Romance worth swooning over
  • Twists and turns


Snyder does it again – woo me with her solid storytelling, skilled world-buidling and amazing friendships. I definitely recommend Scent of Magic and the Healer series!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.