Poison Study (Poison Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder

July 3, 2019 / Book Review / 0 Comments

Poison Study (Poison Study #1) by Maria V. SnyderPoison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder
Published by Mira on March 1, 2007
Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy
Pages: 409
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three-half-stars

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...


Although Poison Study wasn’t heavy in the romance department like I was hoping, I enjoyed it. The setting was different and interesting, along with the magic system. If I continue with the series, I’m especially interested in learning more about how magic works. 

There was a handful of good little twists in Poison Study, but some of the bigger ones were pretty easy to guess. 

I think the best part of this book was the characters, especially Janco and Ari. The story was getting a little stale until they showed up and made things more exciting. I loved how they immediately bonded with Yelena, teaching her survival skills, and defending her against those who wished her harm.

 

three-half-stars

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