Book Reviews

Book Review: Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, book 2)

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, book 2) | Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Series: Healer, book 2
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others: Yes
Favorite Quote: “‘Boo-hooing will not help you. If you think it’s impossible, then it will be. Go.’ She shooed. ‘Make the impossible possible.'”

My Summary:
Avry must do the impossible and “make the impossible possible.” The evil King Tohon is bent on taking over the Fifteen Realms with his army of living and dead soldiers and proclaiming himself as the one and only king. Believed to be dead, Avry goes undercover to dig up information that could help defeat Tohon. But it’s not going to be easy. As danger mounts, she must aid Estrid’s troops while keeping her identity a secret. Avry will do all she can to defeat the impossible and see the Fifteen Realms restored.

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My Review:
Wow. This was quite the book. Maria V. Snyder is truly a talented author. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of Scent of Magic. It was well paced and very suspenseful. Every twist and turn in the plot held me captivated. There were several surprises that I didn’t see coming. It seemed danger could pop out at any minute and you’re left to sometimes wonder if peace would ever return to the Fifteen Realms. The suspense really got to me.

I liked seeing Avry really take charge of her own destiny and doing all she can to help those opposing Tohon. She’s very clever and intelligent, a very likable, strong female protagonist. I also liked getting to know a few of the newer characters, such as Ursan and Saul.

There were plenty of “the feels” moments in this book that made it that much greater a read – but I won’t go into details about those moments.

I think “making the impossible possible” was the theme of this novel. There was a chance for things to go wrong and things to go right. The odds were always stacked against our heroes and it seemed meek at times that perhaps they wouldn’t succeed in defeating Tohon. That theme, I think is what really made the novel such a thrilling read.

I can’t wait to see how this all will end in the third and final book of the series, Taste of Darkness, and if the impossible will indeed be made possible.

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