Saturday, December 19, 2009

Review - Posion Study (Study Trilogy, Book 1) by Maria V. Snyder

Posion Study (Study Trilogy, Book 1) by Maria V. Snyder
Buy at:  Amazon UK - Bookdepository

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Pages: 440

Summary: About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a 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. As Yelena tries to escape her dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear!

Thoughts: This book was out-of-this-world amazing!

This was the first pure fantasy book I have read in a LONG while, and it was a great reintroduction to the genre.  Heavily plot driven - featruing a lot of death, betrayal, and random attempts of murder - focussing on a heroine who could kick ass without having an ego.  Brilliant secondary characters who, luckily, got a fare share of page-time from the author. Also, the love interest?  Fierce.  There was some serious tension, what with the whole will-he-won't-he!kill her thing they had going on.

Overall, amazing start to the trilogy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good plot and a great heroine!


  1. This one sounds good, I've been wondering if I should try this series. Thanks for the review, Kay. Definitely need to pick this one up :)

  2. @Bella - You really should give it a shot - I absolutely LOVED this first book!

  3. I loved this book too! I like that you mentioned the secondary characters. They were so well drawn. I also love your description of "fierce" for her love interest.



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