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Scent of Magic (Healer #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  12,014 ratings  ·  1,054 reviews
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,
Paperback, 414 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA
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nayeon Scent of Magic is actually written in a very interesting way, ensuring that Kerrick is present in this book even if he is not (sounds confusing, I…moreScent of Magic is actually written in a very interesting way, ensuring that Kerrick is present in this book even if he is not (sounds confusing, I know). I absolutely loved all the Avry-Kerrick interactions in ToP, so I was quite hesitant going into this book, but what I love about this series is that the romance is not the primary focus, and simply enhances the story. If romance is what you are purely seeking, however, then I suppose you might not have the best of luck with this one.
As someone who has some serious qualms with love triangles, I can tell you that I didn't find it to be a problem. In a way, I could see how some people would say that one is present, but it doesn't lead to the female protagonist becoming all fickle and indecisive (which is something I really loathe).
Personally, and this is just my opinion, I would say if you were invested in the characters in the first book, then give this a go. (less)

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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Please excuse me while I go and cry in a corner about having to wait so long for this book. Those who loved the first should totally understand how I feel.....

*goes and wails pitifully*

UPDATE: *stares zombie-like at the cover* Ooooooh. Purdy!!!
Sep 16, 2012 Jrsim marked it as to-read

"healer #2" *click*

*scrolls down*

Expected publication 2013

* what the — ! *


Phew, It's been changed to December 2012!

But still.......
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 more, 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

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 K
Jun 08, 2012 Joie marked it as to-read
Saw the cover.....
was like this:

Saw the publication date
was like this:

does this mean no Kerrick?!?! Noooooo!
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 abou
Renée - Novel Nutcase
Finishing thought: "Loved it, but hated it at the same time... Maria what are you doing to me!?"

Once again MVS takes us into a fast paced, action filled, epic fantasy story.

One thing is unlike the other stories. Kerrick gets some chapters to tell his part of the story as well! I've read this story in one amazing sitting, i just couldn't put it down.

Writing 5/5
Since MVS is my favorite writer in the whole universe. And I've loved everyone of her stories till this one, it shouldn't surprise
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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2.75 out of 5

A swing and a miss for veteran fantasy author Maria V. Snyder. The first novel, Touch of Power, was a great introduction to the newest series by this prolific writer, but much like what happened for me with her Study series, the sequel left a lot to be desired. It took me a while to sort out how I felt about this novel after finishing it, especially deciding on the rating. 3 stars? 2.5? I just split the difference and settled with 2/75.
Kat Kennedy
I am so very, very glad I picked up another Maria V. Snyder book by getting my greedy little hands on Touch of Power, because I so very much love Avry and the world Snyder has constructed in Healer. The question is, can it hold up to the first book? Maybe it depends on the type of reader you are. For me it almost did, but not quite. That’s not to say that it wasn’t still a pretty damn enjoyable book.

There was much less of the long walking scenes in this novel and much more of Avry doing what she
OK - 4 stars, despite that ending!

I’m the kind of reader that appreciates a short recap of events of an earlier book. Usually by the time I’ve reached the next book in a series some time has passed and a memory jog is helpful. There is a fine art of doing this right and in the case of Scent of Magic, the massive info dump at the beginning of the book was a little distracting. It slowed down the narrative for the first few chapters. Once all the recapping was over, Scent of Magic became an incred

I 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 wri
Sophia Sardothien
AHH THIS BOOK THE ENDING MADE ME WANNA TEAR THE ENTIRE GALAXY APART I literally swear under my breath xD I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did with the first one, I thought the plot really drags on a lot. But I still like it :)
EDIT: Grrrr!!

Apart from my strong resentment towards the cliffhanger, this book had so much to deliver. Gotta sleep on it and then write a review.


Is that...Is that hot guy in the background Kerrick? I had imagined longer hair but HOT dayum!

Sarah (saz101)
There’s a comfort returning to the pages and world of a favourite author: a sense of familiarity and trust that where she leads, you will follow. With this firmly in mind, I enter any Maria V. Snyder novel with excitement, and, in Scent of Magic, was well rewarded. With romance, intrigue, magic and war, I was thrilled, but even more delighted to find myself surprised.

After healing the dying Prince Ryne at the cost of her life, no-one’s more surprised to find herself alive than Avry of Kazan. We
Originally Read: December 14-16, 2012
Re-Read: December 18-20, 2013

*A copy was provided by Maria Snyder for review purposes*

I'm not sure how to even begin this review. This is the kind of book that is hard to find the right words for. Amazing would be one, I guess.

This book was very different than the first book, Touch of Power, in that it was written from to POVs, Kerrick's and Avry's. This was a good thing and a bad thing, in my opinion. Well I guess they're both bad in a way. The good/bad thin
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Touch of Power ranked among my very favorite books I read last year. Needless to say, I wanted Scent of Magic like my cat wants deli meat. With such high expectations, it's perhaps not surprising that the book fell a bit short. This is definitely not her best book, but still ensnared me. Scent of Magic may not be as beloved to me as the first book in the series, but there's plenty of action and powerful women.

One of the best thing about reading Snyder books is that they will always be chock ful
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Scent of Magic kicks off not long after where Touch of Power left us. This was great because I got easily sucked back in to the story and remembered a lot. All the important things are recapped, but not overly done where you’re wasting three to four chapters recapping.

In Scent of Magic I found that Avery’s character matured a lot. Don’t get me wrong, in Touch of Power I didn’t find her to be weak at all, but in this book I found that she was a bit braver and did a lot of daring things. The roman
the release date has changed to December !!!!!

Please don't put it back to 2013! PLEASE!!!
Inspired Kathy
It's been 5 years since I first read Maria Snyder's Poison Study series and I still count that as one of my favorite series ever. I've read some of her other books but none of them lived up to my expectations until this series. I have loved the Healer series.

Scent of Magic was not a one sitting read. In fact I think it took me a couple weeks to get through this one. Odd because I loved it but it was one I could put down and come back to. Perhaps because there were parts of the story that were a
Fans of Touch of Power will be pleased to know that Scent of Magic does not have second book syndrome, it is an enthralling read that will leave you wanting more!

For the most part Avery and Kerrick were not together in SoM, so the POV alternated between the two. Scent of Magic follows Kerrick on his journey to his home country and Avery on her mission to 1) rebuild her relationship with her sister and 2) take down Tohon.

You know what I love most about this author? Her ability to write such layer
Anne Osterlund
Avery is alive. Thanks to Kerrick’s offering to a peace lily that saved her from the plague. But in Kazan, survival is the exception rather than the rule. Especially when one is targeted by an evil general who has the power to control people through touch, and wields his own army of the dead.

So Kerrick heads north, to try to rally his own country. And Avery chooses disguise, infiltrates a rebel army, and attempts to prepare them. For an enemy that may be unstoppable.

Scent of Magic is the second
I was lucky enough to get a free copy of this book through NetGalley. This in no way affects my review.
OMG, I read 'Touch of Power' (book 1) last year and fell in love with it, I reviewed it as part of a competition which I ended up winning and the prize was my ipad. :O
I'm so glad I loved that book as it made my review enthusiastic and just well, a winner! So when I saw that NetGalley was offering advanced copies of this book, I of course had to apply. I never imagined I would actually be lucky
Eunice Biblioceraptor
First off, I'd like to make a mention of how this series is feminist. Which pleases me greatly. Which means any hypothetical future offspring of mine will be raised on these. I felt it was worth highlighting as I haven't come across any reviews noting this. And considering YA romance novels (especially those geared towards females) are often not, here's how this series is:
1. Despite there being a reasonable amount of romance, the male isn't over-protective nor does he treat the female like she n
Jan 10, 2013 Mithrendiel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mithrendiel by: Julie
Scent of Magic blew me away. I went into reading it with reservations. I’d fallen in love with Snyder’s Magic series when I read Poison Study but felt the quality of the series decreased with every book added to it. Not so with Scent. It’s the second book in the Healer series, and it is just as strong (if not more so) than its predecessor. This novel is riveting. It has amazing world building, fantastic characters, and realistic story progression.

At the end of Touch of Power, Avery healed King R
My Synopsis:
Nearly six years ago two-thirds of the Fifteen Realms' population succumbed to a plague. The Kingdoms were ravaged. Tohon saw the devastation as the perfect opportunity to swoop in and pick up the pieces to form one united kingdom. On the surface, it would was a good plan, but Tohon was not the ruler who would make things better. So a fight for the Fifteen Realms ensued. Tohon with his army of undead soldiers has the upper hand as many don't believe anyone could create such abominati
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I confess I was apprehensive before starting this book. I liked Touch of Power so much but I’ve heard from friends that Ms. Snyder’s series start great but tend to fizzle in the following books. I was afraid this would happen here; however, my fears were totally unfounded.

Scent of Magic was exciting, fast paced and with so much action that I had my heart in my throat at the end of every section. Each chapter is told alternatively from the
Jul 22, 2012 Molly marked it as to-read
So hopefully this will mean Kerrick isn't really in this book... I didn't like him. Apparently the romance negated his earlier bad treatment and manipulation of Avry. Seriously. Guy chained her to a tree at night with no blanket and starved her. Uh, but it's never addressed once they're together. No "it was horrible of me to treat you that way. I shouldn't do that to anyone. I'm sorry." No apology? Okay...
This series is so refreshing. It's everything a great YA read should be: the plot is complicated and realistic, the characters are varied and believable, and the imagined world is cleverly constructed. I love the lilies in particular, I'm sure the author must have read the Day of the Triffids.

But my favourite aspect of this book is how subtly feminist it is. You can't miss the fact that half the main characters are female, there are female villains and heroes, female sergeants in the army, fema
First Thoughts: Man, that was intense! I enjoyed it, but there's just way too many things happening in this one. And the ending was so open-ended...

(Originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

You know, I am really starting to think that I am either very lucky or second book syndrome just does not exist (at least this year). Scent of Magic is the second installment of the Healer series, and I loved it even more than the first one. This was a sound addition, and it definitely has me convinced I need t
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Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Healer (3 books)
  • Touch of Power (Healer, #1)
  • Taste of Darkness (Healer, #3)
Poison Study (Study, #1) Magic Study (Study, #2) Fire Study (Study, #3) Touch of Power (Healer, #1) Inside Out (Insider, #1)

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