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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

***Series Review*** Study Series by Maria V. Snyder

On The Backs of the Books

Poison Study

A quick death
Or slow poison...

Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.

Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?

When Yelena realises she has extraordinary powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death...

Magic Study

Controlling the past
Controlling the future

With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a year to master her magic – or face death – Yelena must begin her apprenticeship and travels to the Four Towers of the Magician’s Keep.

But nothing in Sitia is familiar. Not the family to whom she is a stranger. Not the unsettling new facet of her magic. Not the brother who resents her return. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her rare powers, a rogue magician emerges – and Yelena catches his eye.

Suddenly she is embroiled in battle against good and evil. And once again it will be her magical abilities that will either save her life... or be her downfall.

Fire Study

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.


·         Well written
·         Strong opening
·         Some good characters
·         Interesting ideas and back story
·         Lovely covers that draw you into the books


·         Obvious in places
·         The quality of the books went down
·         Characters went from strong to weak.
·         Sometimes difficult to get into
·         Book three is a bit sappy

Best Book: Poison Study

Worst Book: Fire Study

Overall Rating
3 stars – This is a series that starts well and ends well. Unfortunately, it has a bit of a crisis in the middle and goes from mediocre to absolutely dire then ends on a nice note. I’d recommend the whole series to you don’t care about the middle and just want to read a story that isn’t completely overloaded with romance. 


The Nocturnal Library said...

This series was a downward spiral for me, too. I loved Poison Study to bits and from there on.... down we go. Fire Study was simply terrible. I'm still happy I read the series but I wish I stopped at the first book. Many people advised me not to go near the Glass Study series.

Lisa O. @The Nocturnal Library

Read, Write, Read said...

I've actually never heard of this series but it sounds pretty interesting. I don't know if I'll give it a try though since it seems the series got bad after a while. I'm a new follower :) Annmarie@World of Books


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