Friday, December 25, 2015

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Poison Study

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Published: Mira Books, 2007 (First published 2005)

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Pages: 409

Series: Book 1, Study

Summary: Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.

Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?
When Yelena realises she has extraordinary powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death...  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have read one other book of Maria V. Snyder's and I really loved it so I thought it was time that I read another one of her books.  I've had this one sitting on my shelf for a couple of years so I figured it would be a good time to read it.

I really enjoyed Poison Study.  I especially liked the parts where Yelena was studying different poisons and substances.  I was a little disappointed that there weren't more parts that talked about the different poisons and how they taste or if they have a smell.  Things like that interest me quite a bit.

As a whole I really enjoyed the story.  There were quite a few things going on, and I really felt as though Yelena had a tough life but she stayed so strong throughout all the ordeals she had to go through.

I like Maria V. Snyder's writing as she tends to write light fantasy.  In other words, if I want to read a fantasy novel but don't want something of a heavier fantasy I can pick up one of her books.  They're just really easy to fly through and such interesting reads.

Overall, I thought Poison Study was a very good and very interesting book.  I'm definitely keen to continue on with the series at some point.

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