Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
This book is continuing the story that began in Touch of Power, which I really enjoyed. Avry has survived the plague, but the world doesn't know that. Wanting to use her anonymity to the best advantage, she has to separate from Kerrick and try to help the armies that are gathering to fight against Tohon and his minions as well as hopefully make peace with only family she has left. Kerrick returns to his own land to help prepare them for battle - with, sometimes disastrous results.
Second books are always so tricky, right? While I absolutely couldn't put the first one down, this one was GOOD but not AS good. I love the magicical elements, still, and this one brought a little new spin to that. Those mysterious flowers are still a large part of the plot (we do learn a little more about them, but there are still questions) and the banter and sarcasm are still there. A romantic element was missing, typical with second books, but still leaves something wanting. It wasn't as un-put-down-able. It's so full of war strategy and war training that the action just wasn't as intriguing. I still liked it and I will still finish the series, it just took longer to read than I'd thought it would.