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Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

January 26th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: October 1, 2006

Publisher: Mira

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from You know your life is bad when you miss your days as a poison taster…

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can’t help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don’t think it’s for the better….

Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training—especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.

If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies…

After waiting soooo long to read Poison Study I loved it so much that I dived into Magic Study right away despite my toppling pile of other books I need to read and review.  While I enjoyed it I still think Poison Study was by far the better book.

I was dreading that we wouldn’t see Valek as much being as Yelena was going back to her homeland where Valek is pretty much viewed as a demon.  I was happily surprised to see Synder managed to work him in and have some interaction with Yelena.

The other aspect of this series that had me worried was the fact that I had already read the Glass series and everyone told me that meant I would know basically how the story ends and who are the characters are.  This actually added an interesting twist to the story for me.  I had this picture of how some of the characters were like Zitora and Leif and then seeing them “introduced” in this book was so different from what I came to expect from them.  Leif was the biggest shocker to me.   I almost didn’t recognize him because he was such a huge jerk towards Yelena and did not match up at all with how I remembered him.

Snyder certainly has a way with developing her characters including the ones who don’t play as major of a part.  I love Yelena’s parents and really wish I could see her mother climbing up that tree every time she began to worry about Yelena.  I’m certain it would be a interesting sight.  Ari and Janco make minor appearances as well and my only complaint would be not seeing as much of them as I would have liked.

The story line was somewhat interesting but I didn’t feel like much progressed in the bigger picture.  Maybe it will all come together in book three and I really promise not to wait another couple years to get to it!

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Fantasy

4 Responses

  1. DannyBookworm

    Oh I remember your Poison Study review and I was eager to see how you loved the other books. I agree so very much with your rating. While I loved Poison Study so much, I didn’t love Magic Study that much… I missed the bad ass Varnek ;-( Also, I never ended up finishing Fire Study so I’m looking forward reading your thoughts on that one!

  2. Bookworm1858

    Definitely agree that PS > MS but if you love the characters, it is still worthwhile to see their further adventures. Some cool stuff is coming in Fire Study!

  3. Kailana

    I really enjoyed Fire Study. I liked it and Poison Study more than Magic, which I felt wasn’t quite as good.

  4. Debbie's World of Books

    Danny-aww, hope Fire Study picks up more so than Magic Study.
    Bookworm1858-I do love the characters so will have to keep reading :)
    Kailana-glad to hear that about Fire Study!

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