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Product Details

  • Series: Healer
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA; Original edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780778314189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778314189
  • ASIN: 0778314189
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Filled with Snyder's trademark sarcastic humor, fast-paced action and creepy villainy, Touch of Power is a spellbinding romantic adventure that will leave readers salivating for the next book in the series."-USA TODAY

"The descriptions are vivid and draw you into the rugged journey across the mountains. You'll want to follow their voyage into the next book."-RT Book Reviews on Touch of Power

"This is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it."-Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Poison Study

"Snyder delivers another excellent adventure."-Publishers Weekly on Fire Study

"A compelling new fantasy series."-SFX magazine on Sea Glass

About the Author

Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at

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When I was in sixth grade, I learned about meteorologists and decided I wanted to be one. My visions of chasing tornados throughout the Midwest and flying through hurricanes didn't pan out. Mostly because I wasn't good at forecasting, and my grades weren't exactly stellar. Let's face it, I'm a daydreamer--always have been, always will be.

I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist--try and say that five times fast ;) and I started writing when bored at work. It's never a good idea to get caught just staring out the window, so I wrote my daydreams down. After fooling around with short stories, I wrote my first novel, Poison Study. It was published sixteen years later. A lesson in patience and persistence! I had caught the writing bug and Magic Study and Fire Study soon followed.

Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is evident in my Glass Series (Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass), and I still consider myself an environmentalist. The green part of me comes out in both Inside Out and Outside In. Trella's world is contained inside a big metal cube and they must reuse and recycle everything. One thing they got right in one otherwise messed-up world!

My latest series is about a healer and I happily let my nurturing side take over. Touch of Power starts the series with Avry on the run in a world recovering from a devastating plague. Scent of Magic is the second book and the third, Taste of Death will be out December 2013.

Aside from a writer, I'm also a teacher and mentor for students enrolled in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. I enjoy working with aspiring writers and helping them complete their novels. I've won a half dozen awards and been on the New York Times bestseller list, but nothing compares to being the proud mentor come graduation day!

Other things I enjoy are playing volleyball, photography and traveling. I'll go anywhere at anytime - much to my mother's dismay since my husband and I frequently bring along our son and daughter on our adventures.

I love my job. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and get a personal tour of a maximum security prison and call it all research? I'll give you a hint--not working as a meteorologist.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2013
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I liked Maria V Snyder's 'Poison' series (though it too lagged in the middle) so I rushed out to buy the 'Glass' series only to be very disappointed (in fact I didn't even finish the third). I thought she had redeemed herself with the new 'Healers' series as I really liked the first one (Touch of Magic) but then along came number 2.

It wasn't awful (I still like the main characters) but nothing really happened. The main problem is that Kerrick and Avry spend almost the entire book apart, have fairly mundane adventure and don't even develop as characters. In fact the whole plot stalls and very little is added to what we already knew about the world and those who live there. The few new characters introduced end up being pretty inconsequential and most of new development could have been covered in a chapter or two and the rest is just filler!

Note to authors - all series don't have to trilogies! Two good books are better than 3 dragged out ones. Even financially in the long run .. I'm not sure I'll other with number 3 in this series either!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By YA Litwit on December 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I gave the first book in this series, Touch of Power, a rave review, and I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book, Scent of Magic, ever since. I thought Touch of Power was brilliant; it had fantastic world building, a flawless storyline, and awesome characters. I truly didn't think Maria V. Snyder could outdo herself, but she has. Scent of Magic was even better than its predecessor.

As with my review of the first book, I can't delve deeply into the story and why I loved it so much without giving up major spoilers (especially if you haven't read Touch of Power yet)... I will say that Scent of Magic picks up right where Touch of Power left off, and the story unfolds in beautifully unexpected ways. Avry, Kerrick, and his men are set on taking down the evil (and VERY sexy) King Tohon and his army of dead (Hi. Zombies in a High Fantasy? Yes, please!). They align themselves with some rather unexpected people and action, adventure, magic, romance, and intrigue ensue.

Where the world building and lush descriptions played such a major role in the first book, characterization and emotion play the central roles here. The settings are still described in Maria's brilliant way, but I got so much more from the characters this time, particularly Avry. The relationships are tangled and messy, and things are never what they seem. Lots of questions are answered, and many more arise. The plot and pacing were spot-on, and I had a very difficult time putting this book down to satisfy even my basic needs.

There is nothing remotely predictable in this book, and I flew through it, never even realizing it was 400 pages until the end. This book has it all, and I cannot wait until the third book in the Healer series, Taste of Death, comes out in 2014.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Whittaker on February 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
SCENT OF MAGIC by Maria V. Snyder's is the second instalment of the Healer series. This author has once again put forth such vivid descriptions, beautiful and captivating words that will not only draw you into the pages but also give us some wonderful characters that you will easily enjoy.

Maria creates sassy characters - strong main leads, and an array of wonderful supporting characters to blend throughout this story. Her characters are always filled with such depth; you cannot help but like them. More so in this instalment as we see into Kerricks thoughts.

In Scent of magic we see Kerrick's pov and also Avry's which was nice to see. The perspective of characters changed but also turned the read into an interesting change for me the reader. We see both sides, and loving Kerrick's character this was an added bonus for me. The only thing I would have enjoyed more of is more time with Avry and Kerrick, I found it was a little short on the romance and page time - but none the less still enjoyed this story.

This story is jam packed with action, friendship and love, suspense, dangerous liaisons, a little bit of romance for all the readers whom enjoy a little heart flutter, and many emotions entwined within this captivating world that Ms Synder has created.

The ending will leave you gasping for more with its shocking cliff-hanger and have you eagerly flying to the net to find out when the next instalment is due out loll.

A great second instalment into this series I can't wait for the next!!!!!!!!!!

A big thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending me an ARC copy of this book. This review is copyrighted, owned by me and cannot be copied or shared without my permission except by the author or publisher for promotion purpose
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LitWit VINE VOICE on January 4, 2013
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I've been following Maria Snyder's work since her first novel "Poison Study" and she remains one of my favorite authors (albeit a little prescriptive, but isn't that why we usually read particular authors...?)So, "Scent of Magic" is the second book in a trilogy (the first book in this set being "Touch of Magic") and it was really very good, but I liked the first in the series just a bit better. Avry is the only healer left in the fifteen realms after the eradication of the healers who were believed to be the cause of the plague. The plague tore apart the realms and few survived; the realms decimated, the few rulers left seek to attain power. After Avry is exposed and condemned to death she is rescued by a band of men loyal to King Ryne. After rescuing Ryne from the clutches of King Tohon the realms prepare for battle and this is where book 2, "Scent of Magic" starts. The first book in the series is one continuous story (which I like). "Scent of Magic" is divided between two story lines, Kerrick and Avry, as Snyder introduces a sub-plot into the trilogy. Avry infiltrates Estrid's camp and in disguise lands a role as sergeant where she trains Estrid's troops in forest maneuvers, and gathers intel while she awaits Ryne's arrival. Ryne does arrive with his army to join forces with Estrid against Tohon, but Kerrick is delayed dealing with an invasion from the tribal wild people. This book is almost entirely centered on the war for the fifteen realms. Two reasons I enjoy Snyder's novels are: her protagonists are typically strong independent females, AND while there is romance in her stories it's not cloying and is generally more realistic (i.e. oftentimes, the relationship and emotional stuff is put on hold while the characters deal with more pressing issues...Read more ›
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