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Scent of Magic (Healer) Paperback – December 18, 2012
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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 MariaVSnyder.com.
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This odd twist is also found in the secondary characters. All the relationships first built are now separate. Avry ends up with a whole new set of people to interact with. While the story is still a good one, the characters needed to have a chance to develop together before pulling them apart.
Even so, this book would have rated 4 stars if not for the ending. Really? REALLY? We are FINALLY allowed the reunion only to have it ripped from us... And, the cliffhanger reeks of manipulation. After over 400 pages the reader is not allowed any closure but teased with a taste then thrown right off that jagged cliff. Seriously, if the writing weren't so well done, three stars would have been a dream.
Avry goes undercover in the second installment of the Healer series. While I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first, it was still really good. Avry remains an intelligent, likable protagonist. The characters throughout the story have strong motivations for their actions, and all of them move the narrative forward in some way. The political intrigue deepens as important players move around the setting. I’m honestly interested to see if she can wrap up all the loose ends in one book.
Probably the biggest departure of this novel is adding alternating chapters between Avry’s and Kerrick’ POV. It was a tad jarring at first, but I eventually fell into the groove. It probably wouldn’t have been as jarring had Avry’s chapters not been in first person, while Kerrick’s chapters were in third person. A lot happens during their escapades so the need for both perspectives is understandable.
Verdict: Read it! If you liked the first one, you will enjoy this installment of the series. Strong characters, intriguing setting, and forward movement of the plot all makes this an enjoyable novel.
I'm writing a review because I disagree with the majority of reviews on this series. While others loved the first book, I was frustrated by it. The reviews alluded to a great romance and that was the smallest part of the first book (as in 3-5 pages total) - the rest was world building and character/story development. While I enjoyed these characters and their world (enough to give the 2nd book a try), the first book was not romantic. The second one (this book) is. All the reviews harp on how Avry and Kerrick are apart for most of the book - and they are - but this book makes you fall in love with both of them. Kerrick was a jerk in the first book and Avry was a bit blah, but they really come into their own in this book. And their romance is what keeps them going, fueling them on, so their love is a persistent and present theme throughout the book even though they're physically apart.
I also loved that the book showed both Avry and Kerrick's perspectives, from their times together and apart, and there was so much action that I was in suspense the entire time. There was a dash of romance (plus devoted love which as mentioned above is woven throughout the entire story), nonstop action (war & strategy, not just fight scenes), new characters & relationships, but all centered around Avry & Kerrick whom I have grown to love. December 31 can't come soon enough!!!!