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Scent of Magic

(Healer #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  22,783 ratings  ·  1,482 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 kno…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!!!
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 fin
Jan 27, 2012 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.......
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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

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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*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 whil
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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

Saw the publication date
was like this:

does this mean no Kerrick?!?! Noooooo!
Elise (On The Bookshelves)
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, more like transfer the injuries to herself and then heal more quickly than others. However, after a plague tore through the land, the healers were blamed and now very few healers are
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Ah,Kerry.You've found your heart.

And I lost mine with that ending...

I 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 tha
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
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Irene Sim
I refuse to accept this ending and demand immediate rewritting of the story or else I'll stage a strike or something.

Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This book was such a disappointment to me. I had high expectations for this new series, the world is intriguing, but there is too much going on, the action is too spread out, and there are way too many characters involved. My head positively spins trying to keep track of everything.

The first book was bad enough, but in this one, the action is so split that I found it hard to keep track of where everyone is. Even harder is keeping track of WHO everyone is. From the enemies to the enemies-turned-f
I don't want to say I'm disappointed in this book...but I'm a little disappointed in this book. I feel it suffered from the middle book syndrome a little. Hopefully the next one is better! ...more
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
Nope nope nope nope nopity nope. Guys, you may want to buckle in for a (possibly) long rant, because I have a lot to say, and none of it is good. This is by far the worst book I have read by Maria V Snyder, and makes me hesitant to ever pick up another of her books again. And this was so disappointing because I enjoyed the first book! Sure, it wasn't a masterpiece, but it was addictive and there were things I liked about it. I had a great time reading it. I was looking forward to finishing ...more
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 2.75/5. W
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my gosh scent of magic was more intense then touch up power was with a lot more action than the first book.
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
Maggie ☘
*4,5 stars*

“We 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 seasons.”
Loren laughed at Quain’s perplexed expression. “Oh, man, you’re not very observant, are you.”
“Wait,” Quain said. “Whose eyes change color?”

Scent of Magic is better than the first book, more fast-paced, even though Kerrick's chapters were sometimes slower, I liked him better than in the first book (But still, he's not Valek). Plus th
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked 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!

Sophia Sardothien
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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 :) ...more
Tushar Patel
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 Star

This is a second book in this series as fist book this one is also a great book. In the star feel bad for avry and kerrick, they have to goes different way. In this book story flow great, some twist and turn appear on path take U down by surprise. In this book to much going on in the story. I like that that Snyder find a way continue her story to grow this beautiful world of healer. The main characters development is good as well as new addition of characters. Snyder has done good Sync
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy, re-read
**Re-read Jan 2016

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 points of view of Avry (in first person
Emily Blake
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 thi
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
Maria Dimitrova
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"He isn't mine. My man has eyes that change color with the seasons.”
Actual rating is 3.5/5 stars.

This book was confusing as hell. The Death and Peace Lily thingy and all that jazz about the plague just went in and out of my head without understanding anything. Well, no, I think I was able to grasp a few things.

Anyway, like I said in my review of the first book, I really enjoyed Kerrick and Avry's romance. And holy crap, this book had me shipping them so hard. Their circumstances were so frustrat
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scent of Magic is the second book in Maria V. Snyder’s Healer series, and I devoured it in no time at all. As soon as I was finished with Touch of Power, I jumped in and I was unwilling to put it down until I knew how things developed.

With Scent of Magic, the world we were introduced to in the first book develops in interesting way. We get to follow both Avry and Kerrick, as their stories take us in different directions. As much as I loved the little insights into what was going on with Kerrick,
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book wasn’t as good as the first, but I felt the entire story was more well-rounded than the first. This sequel had direction, and finally some depth to the world Snyder created. Of course, when you look at the basic components of this book, it’s very similar to a lot of other fantasy series’.

Again, the Lily’s and all that is still really strange. It stands out as something really odd, for me at least, throughout the entire novel and I’m not quite sure what the author’s fascination is with
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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 all. Bored at work and needing a creative out ...more

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"He isn't mine. My man has eyes that change color with the seasons.”
“You had me tied in knots. You saved Belen's life, and I wanted to kill and thank you all at the same time. And during those nights when we didn't know if you'd live or die, I went from being angry, to worried to frustrated to scared all within a single heartbeat. If you had die, I would have killed you.” 47 likes
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