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ISBN13: 9780373802579
ISBN10: 0373802579
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About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. As a food taster, she'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

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 clearand#133;.

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About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. As a food taster, she'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

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… .

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Robin Wood, August 14, 2012 (view all comments by Robin Wood)
This is a lot of fun. It has an interesting premise and couple of good twists. You see the romance coming, but that's okay.
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nylitjunkie, January 16, 2012 (view all comments by nylitjunkie)
I have to admit, when I first picked up Poison Study, I was a bit apprehensive. I don't usually enjoy reading books written in the first person (I think it takes a very talented writer to not make the first person point of view distracting), and I almost always choose not to read books with this kind of cover art (I know, I know, "Don't judge a book by its cover," and all that jazz.). But a friend of mine recommended it to me with the highest praise, and she usually has good taste, so I figured, "Why not?" Let me just say, I'm glad I read it.

From the first chapter, you're sucked into the story completely. The dialogue and action sequences flow very well, and it's easy to lose track of several hours. Snyder's writing is such that you immediately invest in the protagonist's (Yelena) story; Yelena's fear becomes your fear, and her excitement and joy become your excitement and joy. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen often for me with books written in the first person POV, so when it does, that book becomes one of my favorites.

That said, there are a few (small-ish) things that keep me from rating Poison Study a 5 instead of a 4. There are a couple of passages where Yelena's thoughts become a little too melodramatic for my tastes. Also, a few times the action tends to move either too quickly or too slowly. Again, both of these things only happen a few times.

In conclusion:
Effective use of first person POV: 5/5
Dialogue: 4/5
Action: 4/5
Characterization: 4/5
Overall: 4.25/5
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BookwyrmChrysalis, January 30, 2009 (view all comments by BookwyrmChrysalis)
Awaiting execution for murder, Yelena is given the choice of dying tomorrow or a life

After committing murder, Yelena is given the choice of death by execution or a life of constant risk as the Commander's food taster.

Yelena decides to choose the risky life, because at least she'll be alive, but she quickly finds there is little chance for escape as she must daily receive the antidote to a slow acting poison that the Commander's spy master (and her food tasting teacher) gave her as her first lesson. Without the antidote, she'll die painfully in a few days.

Now Yelena must deal with the ghost of the man she killed, battle foreign magicians, gain control of her illegal magic, not fall in love with the enemy, and stay alive to keep fighting the next day.

This was my first all nighter book of the new year. I'd been putting off Poison Study despite hearing wonderful things, intending to read it once all three books were out, because there's nothing I hate more than having to wait after a cliff hanger. And I was right to wait, as each book ends with Yelena starting her next adventure. Even now, the third book is out, but it seems difficult to find (I think they are rereleasing it in a new paperback edition, since the other two books just came out as such), and I had to order a copy on Amazon. Thus, to fill the few days until I get the third one (yes, I had to get it on 2 day, instead of waiting till free shipping got around to getting it to me), by writing this review.

Snyder does a wonderful job of blending characters and plot with world building and magic creation, so I can clearly picture the world and society, yet never felt like I was lectured to. So many magic heavy books need to spend pages explaining the world to the character, and while there were a few spots where Yelena had to learn what the reader and she didn't know, the spots flowed so smoothly between the story, I barely noticed.

If I had one complaint, it's that I felt like Snyder didn't really describe the characters. We heard some distinguishing traits, hair color or eye color, but not much to really tell me what they looked like. In fact, I thought that one of the main characters (Valek) was old when he first showed up, like in his 50s, cause all the descriptions she gave matched more the wise old man than young (30s) handsome love interest. And part of that could be that I don't always pick up subtle descriptions, but the character's narration voice just made it hard for me to be sure what things looked like, unless it was something she really spent a lot of time describing, because most of the time it was just a trait or two.

Read in depth review at Bookwyrm Chrysalis - http://yafantasy.com/ poison-study/
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780373802579
Publisher:
Luna
Subject:
Magic
Author:
Snyder, Maria V.
Author:
Snyder, Maria
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Imaginary places
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.63 x 4.19 in

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Product details 432 pages Luna Books - English 9780373802579 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. As a food taster, she'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

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… .

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