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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Review: Scent of Magic

Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Avry of Zazan Book 2

Release date: 18th December 2012
Genre: High Fantasy
Target audience: YA / Adult Crossover
UK Publisher: Harlequin Mira
ISBN: 978 - 7848452046


Scent of Magic is the second novel in the Avry of Kazan series – books about magic, war, survival and freedom. If you haven’t read the first novel, A Touch of Power, you can read my review of that book HERE. I absolutely loved it.

This novel begins just days after the ending of the first novel. Avry is still trying to understand just how she survived the plague. Kerrick is just happy to have her alive. Unfortunately, Avry is not content to return to their friends and begin training Zila and Danny in the ways of healing magic. She is honour bound to keep her word to Estrid and is determined to return to her and heal the wounded from the battle. Kerrick agrees to hide her survival from even their closest friends and so she is sets out alone.

Avry is now on the offensive. She is ready to infiltrate Estrid’s army in order to protect herself from Tohon, but also to help prepare them for the coming war with the “dead” soldiers. She changes her appearance and takes the role of a lieutenant. But it takes more than just a title to earn the respect of her comrades, she must prove her worth.
The pace of this story is excellent. I found it easy to get into and compelling. I wish there had been a bit more magic and I missed the connection between Avry and Kerrick. Their paths are separate for much of the novel and so it lacks that spark which totally hooked me in the first book.

Once I’d finished Scent of Magic, I was still confused about the lilies and what actually brought Avry back to life. The other aspect of the story which disappointed me was the moment of climax between Avry and Tohon at the end of the novel. I felt like the most significant drama was relayed to the reader, rather than seen up close. I wanted this moment to be centre-stage as it was so significant to Avry, in relation to the events of the previous book, and it didn’t come across that way.

I address these points because this is such a fantastic series and Maria V. Snyder is a sublime writer of fantasy. You should certainly not be put off by these comments. Scent of Magic is an immensely enjoyable read and I cannot wait to for the final instalment in the series.

Recommended for fans of:
·                     The Opal Cowan series by Maria V. Snyder
·                     The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan

Source: Bought from Amazon.


Bookworm1858 said...

I was sad that Avry and Kerrick were separated for most of the book as well-I missed them together although his snippets between chapters were really interesting.

Becky said...

Bookworm, I loved that we got Kerrick's point of view. It was nice to see that he had learnt to control his temper and that he was still haunted by the fact he hit Avry in the first novel.