Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
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.
Someone (on my old attempt at this blog) recommended this series to me. As the page said, I’m opened to suggestions, and so I took it. And I’m totally glad I did.
Yelena is a prisoner. She was arrested for murder and sentenced to execution. However, she has been listed as ‘next in line to be executed’, and the Commander’s food taster had just passed away. Now she has been offered the chance to live with just the CHANCE of dying instead of the guarantee. Trying to rid the ghosts (literally) of her past from her life, she finds herself stuck in the middle of an attempt to take over Ixia. Slowly growing into what she thinks are magic powers, which are forbidden in Ixia, Yelena has to decide whether she’ll run for her life, to the safety of Sitia, the southern land, filled with magicians, or work with the badass, good-looking, magician murdering assassin Valek to uncover the person behind the takeover.
Yelena is a strong willed, tough, pretty kick-ass female lead. And I really loved this book because of the action, and the connection between the characters. The mystery was pretty good too. The threat of death at any second. It was definitely a riveting book that kept me captivated (and interested) from beginning to end!
I really am glad that I took the recommendation, because I’ve found, yet another, series I like (well it’s a trilogy… eh). There’s your action fix, but there’s that hint of romance that everyone expects, but likes anyways, haha. Best book of the trilogy (in my opinion… in the other books she just wasn’t as kick-ass, but they were still good !)
World Building: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.20/5
“What have I earned from you, Valek? Loyalty? Respect? Trust?”
“You have my attention. But give me what I want, and you can have everything.”
-Yelena and Valek
“Sieges weathered, fight together, friends forever.”
-… Janco ? It’s not that I don’t know he said it, it’s just that he didn’t actually SAY it… /mysteries.
“Let’s go. We’re supposed to rendezvous with the Captain at the lake. Oh, and try to keep the noise down. You sound like a panicked moose crashing through the woods,” the smarter man chided.
“Oh yeah. Like you could hear me over your specially trained ‘woodland-animal footsteps,'” Rough Voice countered. “It was like listening to two deer humping each other.”
-Ari and Janco (oh how I love them ~~ (Great characters. Love, love, love them!))