Author: Maria V. Snyder
Pages [paperback]: 416
Memorable Quote: “Everyone makes choices in life. Some bad, some good. It’s called living, and if you want to bow out, then go right ahead.”
Favorite Characters: Janco, Valek, and Ari
Choose: A quick death and hell or slow poison and hell.
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear.
When I first started this book, I was unsure as to whether I would like it at all. The first few chapters dragged on endlessly and I couldn’t really get into it. Then, about a quarter of the way into the novel, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading, and ended up loving it!
The characters are orginial and well-developed. They all have their seperate personalities, and I like that they stay true to them. Sometimes characters seem to randomly switch their feelings; thankfully, that is not the case in Poison Study.
I like how the element of magic is added, yet only slightly. That theme doesn’t overtake the book, it only serves to enhance the plot and to add suspense.
Going into this, I hadn’t realized there was going to be a sequel. Now, I definitely have to read it! After several twists, turns, and unexpected revelations, questions are still left at the end, leading (hopefully) seamlessly into the next book.
I really enjoyed Poison Study. I give it 5/5 stars, and highly recommend it!