Scent of Magic
by Maria V. Snyder
Healer series, book two
As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal 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 confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.
Snyder writes another engrossing tale. Though I did not love this one as much as Touch of Power, I did rip right through it. I think what I missed in this one (and it's the same element that Poison Study had which I adored...) was the burgeoning romance. Snyder has a magic touch when it comes to two characters discovering that they cannot live without one another.
While I missed the romance, I did thoroughly appreciate the danger and excitement of this book. With all of the realms at war, some conquered, some still holding out in hopes of maintaining their independence, danger lurked in all corners. Armies of walking dead, a false king that can hurt with a touch, and roving packs of dead ufas...all elements that upped the "creeptastic" factor as I read. Not only can poor Avry not find a safe place in all the realms, but the losses she suffers among friends and family broke my heart.
With another ending that leaves you hanging, I cannot wait to read the final book in the trilogy!
Full disclosure: eARC received from NetGalley for review