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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review- Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Scent of Magic
Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 0778314189
Source: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley
Rating: Obsessed!!!!!!!!!

From 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.

 Ah people you all know my love of Maria V. Snyder’s books and Scent of Magic was no exception! I saw this book on Netgalley and even though I really don’t like reading eBooks I requested it and started reading the minute it downloaded. If I hadn't of started it so late at night I would have read this book in one sitting. It was that good! I didn't realize how much I missed Avry, Kerrick, Belen, and the rest of the crew until I read the first chapter and then I was instantly sucked back into this world of life magic, death magic, friendship, treachery, and love.

I don’t want to say much because anything I can think of to say would be too spoilery but let me just say that there will be huge surprises for you all in this one and I mean huge! Surprises that made me smile and ones that made me ugly cry! And the ending oh dear gods I wanted to strangle Maria! I even told her the downfall of reading her books early is the long wait for the next one! And she then told me a bit of info that I can’t quite share just yet but it made me squee like crazy! So peeps go get this one when it comes out!

I chose a scene from the beginning of the book to share with you between Avry and Kerrick…..

“How long are you going to play dead?” Kerrick asked.

“As long as I can. It’s a good strategy.”

“For you. I’m the one that’s going to have to deal with Belen, Quain and Loren.”

“I’m sure Ryne’s keeping them busy with his genius mili­tary tactics that will stop Tohon.” Which was the reason I’d given up my life for him.
Kerrick relaxed his arms and moved to sit next to me. He pulled me close.

“At least I won’t have to act like I’m sad and missing you.”

“You mean you’ll go from moody, sullen and distant, to moody, sullen, distant and sad? The guys won’t suspect a thing,” I teased.

“Don’t start.” He tangled his fingers in my hair. “You were the reason for all those…”

“Temper tantrums? Grumpiness? Irritability?”

He tilted my head until I gazed up at him. A dangerous glint shone in his eyes. “You didn’t make it easy.”

“True, but neither did you.”

“True.” A hint of a smile. “I guess we’re meant to be to­gether.”

“Surprisingly,” I agreed.

“Not to Belen. Once he forgives me for lying to him, he’s going to gloat.”
Belen had been his loyal friend, bodyguard and all but his older brother ever since Kerrick was born. It made sense that he could read Kerrick better than anyone.

“When did he figure it out?” I asked.

“Well before I did.” Kerrick gazed at the fire. “I think he made a comment after you escaped and I saved you from the mercs.”

An odd time. Kerrick had been furious at me. “And when did you…agree with him?”

“My feelings started changing after you healed Belen and we were at Mom’s.” He returned his focus to me. Cupping my face with his other hand, he said, “You had me tied in knots. You saved Belen’s life, and I wanted to kill you and thank you at the same time. And during those nights when we didn’t know if you’d live or die, I went from being angry to worried to frustrated to scared all within a single heartbeat. If you had died, I would have killed you.”

“You know that doesn’t make sense, right?”

“Nothing about that time made sense.”


  1. AWESOME review! I love Maria V. Snyder's books as well. I can't wait to read this one when it comes out!! =)

    Ntzee @ MaybeThisBook

  2. Fantastic review! Yesterday I actually received an ARC copy of this book, so I'm looking forward to reading it even more now.

  3. I feel like a total fail that I haven't read any of her books. I have heard such awesome things. A bunch of my favorite bloggers (of course you are among them) are big fans of hers so I really need to get on it and read her stuff. :)

  4. Oh I love you! Thanks for the heads up. I just requested via netgalley!!

  5. Ahh, I love this book. I love all the books in this series. Well, there are two books. But you get what I mean. This is my favorite series of Maria's. Though... I still have to read that Glass one. So... maybe I shouldn't say that just yet. But really there's no better band of characters than Avery, Kerrick, Belen, Quain, and Loren. The loves of my life those five :D


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