Book Review: Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Scent of MagicTitle: Scent of Magic

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Series: Healer #2 

Released: October 18, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA


Book Summary:

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.



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 little slow so I could set it aside during those times and wasn’t rushing to get back to find out what happened next. Ultimately this did not detract from my love of the story.

There is so much to love about this series.  The characters, the story line, the setting, the humor, the romance, the bad guys… They are such great books.

Scent of Magic is book 2 and picks up right after the first book ends. I love this magical world that Maria created. I adore Avry and Kerrick as well as their sidekicks Flea, Belen, Quain & Loren.

I would classify these books as adult instead of young adult.  I’ve seen it shelved as young adult on Goodreads but that doesn’t seem like a good fit. I was completely drawn into the story but am not sure young teen readers would appreciate the characters and plot as much as I did. The writing is well done and has lot of depth to it.  Poison Study is still my favorite series by Maria but this is a close second.

5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars I loved it

Content: Some language and implied sex

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