Starting of, Scent of Magic reminded me so much of World of Warcraft – the undead, inns, scenery, healers guilds, random tribes..so I suppose that’s why Maria V Snyder’s books hook me on so quickly.
Plot : 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 has diead of the plague. 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.
Under the guise of Sergeant Irina, she begins to train the soldiers of Estrid’s camp to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.It takes quite some time for the others to accept her..but within no time, she and others are drawing out war stratergies.
On the other side, Kerrick and Danny have been kidnapped by a tribe and everyone believes that Kerrick is dead, including Avry.
Lot of new characters are introduced. The story has got its occasional twists,betrayal and sarcastic humour. It’s quite fast paced initially but slows down slightly towards the end. I usually like a lot of romance in my fantasy, but in this story, Kerrick and Avry are only together in the first and last chapter. Still, I loved the action and adventure. It made their far away relationship more special. There are double PoVs- Kerrick & Avry (1st person narrative)
I loved the fact that Kerrick trusts Avry and gives her space. He knows his duty lies with his country first. And when Avry learns of his death, she is devastated and heartbroken..but she moves on to save her living friends.
Tohon was a well rounded villain- he had a motive (childhood jealousy)- he is a psycho and maniac and in spite of his anger toward Avry for she foiled all his plans- he is attracted to her : In fact at one point, he wants her to fall in love with him and actually attempts to woo her (Lol) The fact that Avry can’t resist Tohon’s touches makes the conflict all the more interesting. Of Course, killing Noelle (Avry’s sister) was the last straw : so woo hoo ! Avry finally learns to resist the desire Tohon plants in her.
Remember Flea ? He’s ALIVE .. and NAKED !! With a whole new magic power in his a hand. Sadly, there are lots of deaths in the story. I guess..that makes the war all the more realistic. But I hated it when Ursuan (a seargent) died. I found him quite intriguing..the way he suspects and figures things out and always covers Avry back. I wanted to know who he really was but poof : he just died.
Ryne is quite the strategist. Danny is quite intelligent. Maria V Snyder has lot of creative expressions using fear and anger. Go ahead and pick up the book. But let me warn you..there is quite an ending (cliffhanger) – Kerrick is poisoned and he might die..but I am not too worried..after all the hero can’t die right ? Or can he ?
P.S. Happy New Year !! 🙂