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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

***Review*** Fire Study (Study #3) by Maria V. Snyder

On the Back of the Book

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, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before.

Honour sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies and enemies. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself – and save the land she holds dear.

Pre Read Thoughts

Book one was excellent, book two was good and now I’m ready to read book three. The final book in fact. I’m not sure how I feel about reading this, especially as ‘Magic Study’ left me feeling slightly disappointed. I do want to finish what I started with this series though. As you’re well aware, I purchased the whole trilogy for £5 in The Works. I think this is the best I think this is my favourite cover of the series. I can’t explain why, it’s just that the whole thing ties together nicely and the model looks a part of the cover and not a last minute addition. The synopsis confuses me a bit and that does make me hesitate slightly before I pick it up. I only hope that this book recaptures the form that was displayed in ‘Poison Study’.

Post Read Thoughts

I’m sad to say that this was another disappointment, the beginning was horrifically slow and I had a terrible time trying to get into the story. It really did take me ages and when I did finally find myself starting to drift into Yelena’s world I found my opinions on some characters had changed. Quite dramatically in fact. Saying that, the last few chapters were absolutely amazing and I wish that the rest of the book had been written like that. Once again some of the plot was incredibly obvious but I was fooled about a few of the major plot developments. That goes in the author’s favour but it’s negated by the fact that I did guess some of the major plot developments. I can’t help but feel that she was a bit obvious with her characterization. I also liked that once again I found the book easy to visualise.

Now on to the characters, but I’m not entirely sure who I’m going to talk about. I think I’m going to let my brain to do a bit of work. It may secretly be harbouring opinions.

Yelena – she really frustrated me in this book. The strong, independent woman was gone, replaced by some lovesick fool who was afraid of stupid things. It felt as though she was just relying on her magic and Valek and because of that her brains had melted and she could do anything for herself. She regained her strength a bit at the end but it was too little, too late. I don’t like her any more.

Kiki – now Kiki is Yelena’s trusty steed (Sorry, I’ve always wanted to get ‘trusty steed’ into a review) but I’m not really a fan of the idea of a horse that can communicate with its owner. Especially when the horse is made to sound like a peppermint obsessed toddler.  I’m sorry, but I genuinely think that the relationship could have been explored in a better way.

Moon Man – he’s Yelena’s Story Weaver and I think the best way to describe him is amusing and confusing. I loved how he always had an answer to Yelena’s questions and that he didn’t care if they made sense or not. Most of the time he didn’t make sense but he’s a nice guy and some of what he said sounded really good.

There are other characters that I’d like to talk about but I’d be here all day and nobody wants that. Trust me; you won’t be able to stop me.

Overall, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this. There are some truly awesome moments but they’re negated by some truly mediocre ones. I did eventually find myself in Sitia and Ixia but it took ages for me to get there. I’m not sure why the quality falls away as the trilogy progresses but it’s very disappointing. Maybe the author just ran out of ideas and had to stretch out what she had. It doesn’t matter that it lacks idea wise and the beginning is really bad, the writing kind of makes up for it.

My Rating

3 stars – This is a book that evens itself out so in the end it becomes a good book. I’d recommend that people finish the trilogy but I’m disappointed that the whole trilogy, and especially this book, didn’t live up to the quality of book one.

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