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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder. ARC Review

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

 I think one of the best thing about this book was the action that always seemed right around the corner. 

As Avry and Kerrick part ways on separate missions, despite finding out about their new love, it was one thing after another for these two. Avry always seemed to be getting in trouble and it seemed like she remained the single most obsession of Tohon, our main villain of the story.

In this book there is surprise after surprise that if you are not paying attention will completely throw you, it made the book interesting.

It was nice watching Avry grow and mature into a woman through the book, not many author's can do that with their character's , so it was a refreshing change to watch the metamorphosis.

I loved the twist towards the last fourth of the book. I definitely did not see it coming and I was cheering and chanting inside of my head as I devoured that last part.

I hated the ending, it was such a cliffhanger that I wanted to pull my hair out, especially with having to wait for the next installment to the series being so far away.

It is definitely one I will buy just to see how everything turns out.

The only problem I had with this ARC Was the formatting for the Kindle Fire, perhaps it was just mine, but it was hard to tell when the point of views where changing. Between Kerrick and Avry I had to pull myself back from the story to discern whose story I was stepping into.

It definitely took away from it.

4 Raven's out of 5.

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