Thursday, December 27, 2012

Scent of Magic (Healer)

Scent of Magic (Healer)
by Maria V. Snyder
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.17



2.0 out of 5 stars There is Nothing Moving the Story Forward., December 27, 2012


Scent of Magic by Maria V Snyder (Book 2)

This is the second book in the Healer Trilogy.
Avry has to do the same things she did in the last book all over again. I think poor Avry is in a rut. A boring rut. The only difference is that she is doing all of the same stuff without Kerrick.
There is no mystery, there is of course no romance -there is betrayal, espionage galore and a ton of people we have trusted and liked that we shouldn't have! Avry is as stubborn and thoughtless in this book as she was in the last one. Actually, she is even more stubborn and thoughtless. I don't mean she is thoughtless to other people. No, she is thoughtless with what happens to herself and after a while it just gets tedious.

She spends most of her tome in this book pretending to be a sergeant in Estrid's army and teaching the soldiers how to be soundless while traveling through the forests.

I am still annoyed with the characters usage of modern vernacular since the book has a feel of being set in times long ago.

Tohon is still as annoyingly egotistical and uttering "my dear" either before or after whatever he says to Avry. I would like to pluck out my eyeballs when I see this repetitive, trite, clichéd group of words.

There is no character growth, Avry is not as strong as she could have been, and she is just whiny and overly sarcastic. While this should be a book to transition us to the third and concluding novel, it doesn't manage to do so. What it does do is to bog us down in detail that does nothing to move the story along.

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