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ISBN13: 9780778324331
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Jvstin, July 7, 2009 (view all comments by Jvstin)
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.

Yelena, you see, has been chosen to be the Commander's new food taster. And the Commander has so very many enemies. As does Yelena...

Poison Study is the first in a trio of novels by Maria Snyder, telling the story of Yelena. Set in a fantasy kingdom which has recently been taken over in a puritanical military dictatorship which reminded me of Cromwell's England. Yelena's crime, the murder of one of the sons of the military officers, is not easily forgiven by the grieving father. In addition, that father has plans of his own for the future of Ixia. And what of the strange abilities that Yelena is slowly starting to manifest?

Poison Study is definitely a character driven book, focusing on the motivations, character, and growth of Yelena. As such, Snyder creates a complex, three dimensional protagonists with strengths, flaws, hopes and dreams that grows and changes throughout the novel. There are hints of some interesting world building going on here, too.

Its a solid, good novel, and I look forward to reading the remainder of the series.
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nytwlkr, May 9, 2008 (view all comments by nytwlkr)
started reading by accident. loved it. have also read the next two,loved them also. now waiting for the fourth.
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Snyder, Maria V.
Snyder, Maria
Fantasy - General
General Fiction
Imaginary places
Fantasy fiction
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8 x 5.13 in

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Product details 416 pages Mira Books - English 9780778324331 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this impressive debut novel, the first in a series, Yelena escapes execution in exchange for tasting the food of the Commander, ruler of Ixia. But some people are too impatient to wait for poison to finish her off.
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