I have read all of Maria V. Snyder books, and if you have read the Study Series or the Glass Series you will enjoy this series. These three series all feel the same and almost have the same storyline with the exception of different characters almost playing the same thing. This one relates a lot to the Study Series...girl falls in love with captor. This is the second book in the series, the first being Touch of Power.
Scent of Magic goes back in forth from Avry narrative in 1st person, to Kerrick narrative in 3rd person. At the beginning of the book Avry and Kerrick part ways. Avry goes to spy on Estrid's army to find out what she can on what they are doing there, and to get closer to her sister. Kerrick goes up North past the nine mountains to reunite with Ryne, and more North to find out about the tribes invading the realms on a warpath.
A lot is happening in this book. Tohon and his dead army/ufas, Avry trying to stay in disguise, Avry trying to find out about the Death lilies and Peace lilies and their toxins. Kerrick and the tribes on a warpath to the North. People going missing, people dying, people coming back to life. So with everything going on, every chapter ends in a cliff hanger and then the next chapter goes to the other narrator. So something big happens with Avry and the chapter ends in a cliff hanger, then you have to read an entire chapter about Kerrick before you can read what is going on with Avry again and vice versa. Even the end is a complete cliff hanger!
There is plenty of
fighting, strategizing, healing, humor, and cliff hangers. And what I
like the most is there are no love triangles in this book :)