Poison Study (Study / Chronicles of Ixia, Bk 1)
Poison Study - Study / Chronicles of Ixia, Bk 1 Author:Maria V. Snyder Like the deadly toxins sought out by the ill-fated food taster Yelena in Maria V. Snyder's debut novel, Poison Study is a powerfully compelling romantic fantasy that will slip under readers' skin, invade their bloodstreams, and seize their heartstrings. — Yelena, convicted of murdering the son of a powerful general, awaits execut... more »ion. But with only a few hours left, she is offered an incredible reprieve -- and agrees to become the new food taster for Commander Ambrose, the military leader of Ixia. Living in a palace and eating only the best meals is a dramatic change for Yelena, who spent the last year locked up in a rat-infested dungeon, eating gruel. But she soon realizes that she has more to worry about than ingesting potentially lethal poisons in the commander's meals. The general whose son she murdered has vowed bloody vengeance, and everyone in the commander's retinue look at Yelena as an untrustworthy criminal. The longer she stays alive, however, the more she begins to understand her own perplexing abilities -- all of which will be put to the test when cunning rebels plot to take control of Ixia.« less
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 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...
My Rating: A+
I absolutely adored this book! The characters are all deep and amazing, the writing is beautiful and descriptive. I felt like a whole new world was opening up in front of my eyes. This is one of those books that you have to be careful because time flies while your lost in this wonderful story.
I did feel that there were certain aspects of the story that were at times too easy to figure out, but nothing that took away from the overall product.
I highly recommend it and can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
I don't even remember requesting Poison Study. It just showed up and I had no idea what it was even about. I'd put off reading it because I had other books I was just aching to read but finally gave this book a chance. Boy am I glad I did.
It always seems that the description can't really convey what the story is actually about. The back of this book (description) tells you the gist of the story but there is so much more in the way of friends and enemies that you just marvel at as you read this book.
Yelena lives in a world were any killing is murder. It doesn't matter if you were defending yourself or trying to save the lives of your family. If you kill, you will be killed (I think a harsh extreme to what some people believe pro-death penalty people believe). You come to learn the reasons behind the death of the man Yelena killed while getting to know Yelena as a character. She is fascinating and I think will grow much more, as there are 2 more books I'm currently searching out, as her story continues.
There are some wonderful supporting and leading characters. Valek is the head of security and while you get the impression he is hard and deadly, you start to suspect he has a fondness for Yelena. Then there is Rand the cook. Very nice man but does he have a secret? Then the solider twins (?) Ari and Jancho. I think I really love them as they kind of take Yelena under their wings and treat her like a little sister they want to protect.
The story was so great I could hardly put down the book and I can't wait until I get my hands on Magic Study and Fire Study.
I loved this book! It is the beginning of a series of trilogies by Maria V. Snyder that has such a unique take on magic. As the series progresses, I have come to love her descriptions of this world and its people.
The first book, however, centers on the military-ship of Ixia and the Commander's new food taster, Yelena. It was very easy to relate to Yelena, because though she had been through such pain and torture (literally) she was always planning and devising ways to stay alive. I admire her constant vigilance.
This book is great introduction into this world and just the tip of the iceberg of the obstacles Yelena will eventually face. Five stars :)
If you like a book with strong female characters, a fully realized fantasy world, and a little political intrigue, then I highly recommend this book! I loved it so much I will definitely read it again! Bonus: First book in a series of three (Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study)