[Advance Book Review] A healer on the run, an army on the march.

Scent of Magic by Maria V Snyder (Healer #2)

Publication date: December 18th 2012

(This review may contain spoilers of book one, Touch of Magic by Maria V. Snyder.)

After reading Touch of Magic (has it really been a year?) and stamping it with a Five-Canary approval rating, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. And here it is!

Avry of Kazan, the last Healer in all of the Fifteen Realms, is dead of the plague, sacrificing her life to heal the man who destroyed her people…or so everyone thinks. Finally free and able to make her own decisions, Avry’s loyalty is torn between the need to help a sister in the clutches of a vicious mage, her own calling as a Healer, and the need to do her part against the tyrannical King Tohon and his ravaging army. And if she is to do all this, she must part ways with Kerrick, so soon after finding him again. Continue reading

Book Review: A spin-off that doesn’t let up

Book Review: Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

When  glass orbs start exploding in the hands of the most powerful magicians of the Stormdancer clans, it becomes clear that they might not be able to provide the harnessed power of the thunder storms for the local factories.

So they call in Opal, glass mage-in-training, to investigate, thus pulling her into a deadly conspiracy. On the side plot, there is Opal’s rival, Pazia, at school, and a love triangle between the powerful Stormdancer Kade and the tormented glassblower Ulrik. (DRAMA ENSUES)

I loved Snyder’s first series, and her latest release, A Touch of Power, got hit with a five canary rating. This book, however, didn’t zing my reading tooth. In fact, I don’t think it would have zinged if I had gotten a couple more fillings, covered the book with aluminum foil, and bitten down. Which is a right shame, because Snyder’s writing is there.

Enter my split-canary personalities:

Confused Canary:  If you want to enjoy this book (and understand who all the characters are and their oblique references to traumatic pasts), you should read the previous series. Having gone through the Study series when it first came out (2005-2008) and then tackled Storm Glass in 2012, I had only the vaguest recollections of what happened to the rather minor character of Opal in book 3. I struggled.

Skeptical Canary: Storm Glass follows Opal Cowan as she deals with the aftermath of being used, poisoned, tortured, and of betraying her family in friends in Fire Study (the aforementioned book 3 of the Study series). She is now studying glass magic while slowly healing from the aftermath of her ordeal. Opal is gradually coming to grips with her past and–

Well, no. Not really. Continue reading