Saturday, December 1, 2012

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Scent of Magic (Healer, #2)
Good Reads Summary
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

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

My Thoughts
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Is it a bad sign, me having read this a little over 36 hours ago and not being able to recall what I liked in it nor disliked for that matter? I do believe so, but I’ll muddle through this as best I can. We pick up immediately after Avry’s unexpected survival and you’d think it’d be all HEA from then on, but nooo… because they each have to think a step ahead of the other to come up with their little schemes.

Now unlike the first with it being all about Avry, here we’re introduced to a world as Kerrick sees things. Yet despite that change, I’d have rather things kept as it was at first, because at least with Avry there was a sense of consistency. At one point we’re witnessing Avry do what she does best: hide in plain sight then all of a sudden, we have Kerrick going back to where he came from and making all these nasty discoveries about what had come to pass… then things shift again with him elsewhere. And while I enjoyed each moment while in said moment, the shift going into each was jarring, my brain was still stuck on what was happening on one end when suddenly we're stuck in the middle of another thing going on. Whiplash, anyone? Point is each development discovery was an interesting one save the fact that things felt scattered and not quite cohesively put together.

Not to say that it was all bad: Snyder’s tapping into something here making it less about Avry and how special she is and more about a world that’s torn up in battles on different fronts. And yet, this world is one  I do wish were more defined because there were instances as there were in the first book when people would say the most out of place thing, and one out of place statement after another and things started feeling decidedly un-fantasy

Thanks Netgalley!

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