Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: MIRA Books
Release Date: 2005
Rating: 5 stars
Choose: A quick death and hell or slow poison and hell.
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.
When I started reading Poison Study, I had no clue what I would think. I knew it was a premise that could be amazing or could lack majorly – Poison Study just blew my mind away! I have nothing I did not like about it. Poison Study is a fantasy reader’s dream book – it has amazing characters, an enticing plot, a perfect romance, and a vidid world.
The plot has so many twists and turns, you have no idea where it’s leading you. Every element of a great story is present. Maria V. Snyder’s writing weaves memories into the writing, without disturbing the story.
Yelana has worked her way up into my favorite protagonists. She is strong, intelligent, and talented. Even in her weakest moments, she stays strong and keeps her head high. While I loved Yelana, my favorite character of the book would have to be Valek. Oh Valek – he starts out so cold, but soon starts to warm up.
Poison Study is a book for those looking for a fresh idea in an world filled with stunning characters, conspiracy, and unforgettable romance.