Hello and welcome to the latest mission in our Book Avengers crusade! Today, we are featuring Poison Study by Maria V, Snyder…the book that YOU chose to avenge and voted for us to read in August. Be sure to read our intro post to learn all about this new feature that Kristina and I debuted this year!
AFter a voting period that saw some of our closest results Yet, poison Study ending up coming out on top. come find out what WE thought of IT!
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Murder, mayhem and magic…
Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman’s noose.
But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia’s food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander’s food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.
“Poison Study” has everything I love in a book…magic, mystery, drama and even a little bit of romance. It didn’t take me long at all once I started reading to know that I would love this book. I was completely invested in Yelena’s story from the moment I met her, and my heart broke when we finally learn all there is to her back story. She’d been through so many difficult things and was thrown into a no-win situation for committing a crime she had no choice but to commit. I did find portions of this book a little difficult to read because of descriptions of abuse, but found that they served to further develop Yelena’s back story. They never felt like a cheap trope to develop conflict or drama. It felt true to the story and true to the development of Yelena’s character.
Even though I loved Yelena as a main character so much, and this book is ultimately her story, I couldn’t help but get completely wrapped up in Valek’s character. I need to know EVERYTHING there is to know about him. He’s the mysterious and brooding commander of security who is tasked with training and mentoring Yelena as she takes on her new role as the Commander’s food taster and well as learns to navigate the political landscape she’s thrown into. Watching the arcs of both characters develop was so intriguing and satisfying as a reader, and seeing how they interacted was never dull! I really hope we get to learn more about Valek in the rest of the books in this series.
Did it live up to the hype?
Oh, heck yes! This book totally lived up to the hype. Actually, to be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t know anything about this book until Kristina suggested it as one of the Book Avengers choices that you guys would vote on for August. After her suggestion, I quickly went to Goodreads to look it off and was immediately intrigued. I should have known it was going to be a pretty great book when it beat out HUGE fan favorites like American Gods and Daughter of the Forest! I am so thrilled to have discovered this book through the Book Avengers feature and CANNOT WAIT to read the rest of the series! Hint, hint!
Oh, one last thing! I will say, this book reminded me a LOT of Throne of Glass. They’re very similar in their storyline, themes and characters, but that’s probably part of the reason why I loved it so much. I definitely have a “type”! 😉
Sarah’s Rating: FIVE Stars
DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
I first found Snyder’s books when the first book of her Healer series came out. I LOVED it and its sequel. Now I haven’t read the last book as of yet but that is only because I have issues letting go of series. I loved those books so much that I went and added all of her backlist to my TBR list immediately so her Study series has been on my mind for around four years now and I think it definitely lived up to the hype for me. It read quickly and had the perfect balance of action, friendship, with a little romance thrown in. I look forward to continuing on in the series.
Kristina’S RATING: FOUR STARS
Want to be a part of selecting our next book? Below are our three September picks that we’ve narrowed down from our current TBR list! These are three popular books we haven’t read, one being the second book in the Study series and two new series that so many of our fellow bloggers are so passionate about. For your vote to count, please comment below with your pick or head on over to our twitter hashtag #bookavengers and vote using our Twitter poll. Feel free to retweet and help promote your pick! Voting closes August 22 and we will be announcing both our next pick via Twitter that day.
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS BAD WHEN YOU MISS YOUR DAYS AS A POISON TASTER…
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way 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 that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies….
AmericaN gods by Neil Gaiman
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.
But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.
When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all…
We hope you guys enjoyed our post to help promote amazing back list books! Please remember to vote for your favorite and join us August 22 when we announce our September pick. As always, if it is new to you as well please join us in reading, we’d love to chat with others about the September selection. See you soon!