Synopses & Reviews
Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder's Study novels are unforgettable, emotional, powerful and compelling. Don't miss how it all began
Choose: a quick death
or slow poison
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll live to eat the best meals in the palaceand risk death from those trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
But after Yelena becomes a food taster, the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, feeds her Butterfly's Dustand only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death.
Her options shrink as disasters mount. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops powers she can't control. And her next choice might be fatal
"One of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it." Publishers Weekly Starred Review
About the Author
Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.