Yes, you heard me. The Poison Study series are now my most favorite, better than the Series of Unfortunate Events and even better than Twilight, and equal to Harry Potter. I'm sorry, Daniel X, make room for a new all-time favorite. Oh yes, and COVER LOVE to these amazing covers!
Title: Magic Study (Book 2 in the series)
Author: Maria V. Snyder (Thank you for writing this!)
Stars: 10 (never rated about 5+!!! 10 is a rare honor)
Review by Kirthi (I'm so lucky to review this!)
Summary by Book Flap (of the best book)
Rated- 13 years or older!
YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS BAD WHEN YOU MISS YOUR DAYS AS A POISON TASTER...
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way home to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways--and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better...
Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training--especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince--and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If it isn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily Yelena has some old friends to help with all her new enemies.
My thoughts (on Magic Study)
I love this book with my soul. This is by far the most, exciting book I've ever read. As you must know from my reviewing, I crave thrilling books with romance, and this book quenched my thirst (for now). Yelena's tendency to make people angry and attract enemies like a light bulb to a fly is just amazing. Valek (my new favorite DANGER man! (Trumps Edward, Cedric, and Robien all put together) is more dangerous than ever, and more feared. Together they make a team, a powerful magician and warrior plus a man immune to magic and with deadly fighting skills. I love Valek, even his NAME sounds evil. Sitia is much more different than Ixia, and I love comparing the two opposite countries, good and evil mixed in both. Magic Study is far more jucier than Poison Study, but Poison Study will always have a place in my heart as the introduction to a new era of fiction. Maria V. Snyder, I compliment you!
Title: Fire Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Review by Kirthi
Summary by Book Flap
Rated- 13 years or older!
THE APPRENTICESHIP IS OVER NOW THE REAL TEST HAS BEGUN
When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder--able to capture and release souls--spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message" a plot is rising against her homeland, lef by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before...
Honor sets Yelena on the path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her love spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers, and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself--and save the land she holds dear.
Nooo! It's the last book in the trilogy! I tried to savor it, reading page by page extremely slowly, but eventually hunger won and I devoured the book, eating every word. My result: tastiest, most delicious book I've ever eaten. Yelena's enemies prove even more of a threat (if that's possible) and her role in Ixia and Sitia become clear and vital. Once again, go evil, dangerous, and awesome Valek! Valek and Yelena are the best couple. But, having read ever so carefully, I noticed that a few words, like rendezvous was used more than once, and a few words that describe Yelena and Valek's "togetherness" like "share his skin" was a repeated idea, and so were other "togetherness" moments. But all the amazing-ness of this book made up for the minor (maybe major) "mistakes". The characters become real, and I connect with them. Whenever an evil magician is named, I feel fear. Whenever Valek is named, I feel happiness. I connect with this book, and it's a must read for everyone, above the age of 13 please, some violence and romantic parts are promised so be ready (if) you plan to read them.
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