Thursday, January 3, 2013

Scent of Magic

Review time! Scent of Magic is the sequel to Maria V. Snyder's new YA Fantasy series called Healers. You can find my review of the first book, Touch of Magic - HERE. This is one of the best fantasy series I've read and I'm so excited to share this review with you guys because this book is AWESOME. You can purchase a copy of Scent of Magic from Fishpond | The Nile | Booktopia | Bookworld Thanks to Harlequin for the review copy!

(Goodreads) 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

The Short Story? - What the hell did I just read? I don't know whether to love or hate Snyder right now after that KILLER of an ending. What a fantastic job! Scent of Magic was everything I had imagined it to be and so much more. Drama, adventure, romance and sacrifice, if anyone knows how to write an epic fantasy it's Maria V. Snyder. Beautifully written, amazing characterisation and a phenomenal plot, highly recommended to everyone. If you haven't read this series, you don't know what you're missing out.

The Long Story? - I honestly can not pick my favourite out of book one and two if my life depended on it. Usually with series one book is always better than the other but not with this series. Synder is such a brilliant writer - I can't pick. If you think things have settled down since the events in Touch of Magic, you are SO WRONG. Things have only heated up and OMG THE FEELS. The plot had me dying every two pages and the cliff hanger at the end of EVERY CHAPTER - not COOL, I could have gone into cardiac arrest. So intense, dramatic and adventurous, Scent of Magic was brilliant. If you like fantasy novels with strong heroines and an epic love story, I highly recommend reading this series! SO GOOD!

Speaking of strong heroines, Avry of Kazan - you are one badass girl! Probably one of my favourite characters to have encountered in YA fiction ( read: anything I've ever read because YA is the only genre I read), there is something about Avry that makes her very likeable. She's so selfless, kind hearted and independent, she's practically the poster child for what protagonists in YA fiction SHOULD be like. Kerrick - even typing his name gives me shivers. He is just perfection! Smart, protective, handsome and A PRINCE! Not to mention when the two of them are together, the chemistry is absolutely combustive! One of my favourite couples of YA fiction, Avry and Kerrick's romance gives love a whole new definition!

All in all, there is nothing else I can say except this series is a MUST READ. I'm not selling a book here, I'm just recommending from the bottom of my heart! One of the best series' I've ever read, Snyder is a brilliant author with a compelling narrative voice and a knack for writing YA fantasy. Scent of Magic does not disappoint and I look forward to reading the highly anticipated book #3 to see where Avry's adventures lead her next!

What's it Worth? - Break Out the Piggybank

Badass Bookie xx


  1. I would read pretty much ANYTHING by this author and yet again she has written an excellent sequel. I'm glad you enjoyed this book as well. Lovely review!

  2. The thing I didn't like about this book was that Avry and Kerrick weren't together more-their scenes are SO good!

  3. I just finished Touch of Power yesterday and loved it SO MUCH. I'm trying to stop myself getting this for my kindle now as I have so many other books to read first!! But your enthusiasm for it and hints about its epicness are making that hard!!

    Cait x

  4. *dying face* I loved this book so much and I can't pick a favourite either. Maria's perfect. That's all. So glad you enjoyed this :D