Review: Scent of Magic (Healer #2): Maria V. Synder

scent of magicTitle: Scent of Magic

Author: Maria V. Synder

Series: Healer #2

Publisher: Mira

Published: December 18, 2014

Pages: 414

Source: Puchased

Rating: 4/5

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.


Another great epic story though the first one was better. This will have some spoilers due to the nature of the storyline so readers be warned!

Avry has survived the impossible and has made a decision that will alienate her from the gang. Avry decides to go undercover in the red army to help them be prepared for the otherwordly and dangerous armies of King Tohon. Kerrick on the other hand leaves to go back to his own kingdom to rally his army but instead there is another threat coming from the furthest North. Avry not only has to hide her identity but her unique ability to communicate with the Peace and Death Lilys and what their part was in the plague. Eventually her undercover disguise is discovered and she has to take part again in the politics of war and to save the people who mean the most to her.

After everything that Avry has gone through she changes little in the way of personality. I loved that about her. She stays stubborn and strong willed, rushing into situations without a thought and her ability to think outside the box. Kerrick on the other hand, was in another country and so we got his POV. But I just wanted to read more about Avry. How Synder ended each chapter was crazy and suspenseful and I just rushed through Kerricks side story so that I could read what happened next with Avry. I was sad that we didn’t get more with the gang but Avry had met up with another gang in the army that substituted for them but just wasn’t the same. I missed the humor.

And of course this book ended with a cliffhanger and I am currently reading Taste of Darkness so be on the lookout for that review to come! 🙂

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