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The Scent of Magic (Book 2 of The Doomspell Trilogy) [Paperback]

Cliff McNish , Eamon O'Donoghue
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1 July 2002

Rachel and her brother are extraordinary. She is a spell-maker. He is a destroyer of spells.

The High Witch, Heebra, wants Rachel and Eric crushed, and her enemies, the Wizard's, destroyed. A party of witches is dispatched to find the thousands of children with powers like Rachel's, and turn them into a ferocious army.

Can Rachel and Eric stop the witches and win the battle between good and evil?

The second instalment of the classic Doomspell Trilogy.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens; First Thus edition (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842550543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842550540
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McNish tells a rattling good tale, and his well-plotted narrative races through some excellent twists and turns to a spectacular climax. (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)

The language used is rich and evocative, full of visual and sensory imagery it captures the readers interest and imagination from the beginning and holds it with ease to the end. (SCHOOL LIBRARIAN)

Anyone who enjoyed The Doomspell will want to follow it up with The Scent of Magic, in which the battle between the Witches and Earth's children moves onto our planet. (THE TIMES)

The Scent of Magic continues The Doomspell story, but if anything the characterisations are deeper, the plot even more intriguing, and it is all carried off with a verve, pace and sheer passion for pure storytelling that make McNish's novels so compulsive. (AMAZON)

This is a children's book full of inventive touches great ideas, evocative descriptions, and page-turning pace. (VECTOR)

It is a spellbinding read full of excitement and suspense. A brilliant sequel to The Doomspell. (COOL READS)

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Repackaged for a new generation, the second volume in Cliff McNish's bestselling debut trilogy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL AND EXCITING 6 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The Doomspell was great.. The Scent of Magic is even better. The Witches have come for their revenge and all the world is rocked. The old characters are there, stronger than ever, with some great new ones like Yemi, Heiki and Heebra. McNish manages to describe the world in a style so vivid you feel a part of every scene. Some of the imagery is magical and then sometimes quite scary. But it is always convincing and very exciting. The story is not without humour either. The close relationship between Eric and the Prapsies is a delightful part of the whole. Read it now, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! 24 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Cliff McNish is now my favourite writer, I think he's put a spell on me. I loved his first book and this one is just as good. I missed Scorpa, the wolf, but all the characters are great so I tried not to mind. I couldn't stop reading it even in bed. I recommend this book for everyone to read because it's GREAT!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Doomspell 15 Jun 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book is even better than Doomspell. I missed Dragwena (perversely!), but Heebra is more calculating and even more sinister in some ways. The Scent of Magic is as beautifully written as The Doomspell, but if anything the characterisations are deeper, and the plot more original (the first had slightly too many echoes of The Lion,the Witch and the Wardrobe, I felt), while McNish propels the whole magnificent story along with his characteristic verve, pace and passion. This book has the feel and energy of the best thrillers. If anything the last chapters just go too fast, but that's a minor quibble!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, for both children and adults 4 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A magical trip around the world. Rachel's battle with witches continue, but this time on her own doorstep.
A compelling read that keeps both young and old turning the pages. The excitement grabs you from the start making you want more and more.
We get to meet more of the witches and get to watch as they take the children of Earth and twist them for their own evil purposes. But the witches enemy, Rachel, is there to fight them every step of the way.
Certainly a book I would recommend anyone to read. Roll on book 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second book of the Doomspell Trilogy 1 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
Isn't there just a small part of you that would love to have some magical powers?... Just that something extra to help you out of a sticky situation, or play a practical joke? In "The Scent of Magic" (book two of the Doomspell Trilogy) magical powers are unleashed everywhere in the children of the planet Earth.

In this sequel to "The Doomspell", Rachel (with her incredible but still newly-found magical abilities), and her brother Eric (with his unique quality of "anti-magic" - capable of destroying spells!) must pit their wits once again against the evil magic from Ool, home of the witches. Only, this time, they do not have just one furious witch to face... In fact the witches' hatred is so intense that they decide to enlist the help of other magical Earth children, in their desire to track down and destroy Rachel and Eric.

Although with a slightly slower start, this is every bit as action-packed and gripping as the first book in the trilogy and I now can't wait to read book three! All ages 8+ will enjoy the Doomspell books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 8 Mar 2006
Format:Audio Cassette
Doomspell is incredible! The Scent of Magic is even better! Hardly possible, and any other author would have failed miserably. Not Cliff McNish.I would recommend this book to anyone above seven, because that was the age that I read it at and it astounded me. I was on amazon with a gift voucher and I hadn't any experience of shopping so I just clicked on the first thing that came up, which happened to be the Doomspell Triology. I was enchanted by the magical world of witches, because up until then, I had always trusted the children's books which say that witches wear black pointy hats and fly about on broomsticks. Rachel was by heroine, and after reading The Doomspell, I spent a lot of my time standing still, thinking Fly! Fly! I thought that the Scent of Magic was beautifully described, and I loved all of the spells. I found it quite frightening when the witches start making the children cast evil spells, and when Yemi saves the day I was ready to cry!
The Doomspell Triology is absolutely incredible, but I think The Scent of Magic is the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed Doomspell and The Scent of Magic, both books were absolutely awesome! The best fantasy story i have ever read, i found both books really funny some parts were quite scary but i don't mind, i can't wait until the third.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Doomspell 21 Jun 2002
Format:Hardcover
What a book! I missed Dragwena but got Heebra and a second Witch instead! The Scent of Magic continues the Doomspell story, but if anything the characterisations are deeper, the plot even more intriguing, and it is all carried off with verve, pace and a sheer passion for pure storytelling that make McNish's novels so compulsive.
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