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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

January 20th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: December, 1, 2008

Publisher: Mira

Series: Study series #1

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

First off I just have to say woohoo!  I finally can mark this one off my list as read.  It’s been on my shelf for ages and everyone raves about it but for some reason I just never picked it up.  It was a part of my

Ten Books Sitting on My Shelf that I Will Read in 2012 list (it was on my 2011 list as well).

Now, I have to say I’m beginning to think you just can’t go wrong with one of Maria V. Synder’s fantasy books.  Her Glass series was the first series I read from her and loved them.  Then I read the first book in her latest series, A Touch of Power, and that was AMAZING!  Poison Study definitely did not disappoint.  Some people told me I might be disappointed since I’ve seen how Yelena turns out in the Storm series but I actually found it fascinating to see how different she was in this book.  She lives in a world where everything is very black and white.  If you kill someone you will be executed.  It doesn’t matter if it was in self-defense, if it was an accident or if you really just meant to kill them.  The punishment is still the same.  That’s the situation Yelena finds herself in.  If you were in her place would you choose to become the next food tester and never really know when you might die a excruciating death from some poison?  I’m not sure what I would choose but Yelena amazed me with how smart she was and how tough she was.  Valek was a surprise to me.  In the beginning he starts off as this hard ass, apparently unfeeling guy who is concerned only with the safety of his Commander and will sacrifice anyone else who stands in the way (some of the stories about this are pretty horrifying). But it was sweet watching as Yelena works her way under his skin and into his heart.

I have to admit though my two favorite characters were Ari and Janco.  I loved them in the Glass series and really enjoyed meeting them again in this series and seeing how they got started.  They are the perfect pair who almost sound like an old married couple as they banter, argue and spar with each other.  They take Yelena under their wings and teach her how to defend herself physically and also stand up for her against those who pick on her simply because of who she is.

I cannot wait to read the next book in this series and really wish I had read it sooner.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. Gaby

    I loved Poison Study. I didn’t love the sequel that much, but still I was glad to read it. I still have to read Fire Study.

    I didn’t know Yelena and the other characters were on the Glass series!

  2. Bibliotropic

    I had a bad introduction to Snyder’s books recently, and so I’m a bit wary of her other books. That being said, I’ve heard so many good things about this one, even from people who had the same impression to “Touch of Power” that I did, that I’m probably going to have to at least give it a try someday.

  3. DannyBookworm

    I really loved Poison Study too! But, I admit I didn’t like so much the other two books in the series. I mainly had a problem with the lack Janco and with him being so soft.

    I still have to read her Glass series since I only heard the best!

    I’m looking forward reading your other reviews about the next two books!

  4. Kailana

    I am glad you are enjoying this trilogy so much. As I was saying on Twitter I really must reread!

  5. Bookworm1858

    So glad to see that you loved this as this is one of my favorite books of all time. I adore Yelena, Valek, and just about every character. I didn’t think the other books quite lived up to its awesomeness but they were enjoyable nonetheless.

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