Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Study Series #1 
Source: Personal Copy
Format: Paperback
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Synopsis (from author's page):
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a reprieve. She'll eat the best meals and have rooms in the palace, so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. As Yelena tries to escape her dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear...

The practice of magic is strictly forbidden in Ixia. However, in the home of General Brazell, series of experiments are conducted to measure magical abilities of some orphans that the general and his minions abducted at very young age. Yelena is one of them. Initially, the orphans regard General Brazell as a father figure that they don’t have. Nevertheless, when the once harmless tests turn into torture, they begin to see the demon that resides behind the general’s shield. The general gives up on Yelena when she failed one of her test and hands her to his son, Reyad, to do whatever he pleases to her. When the situation turns sadistic, Yelena has no choice other than to kill Reyad in self-defence. She now faces an execution for the murder that she commits. Given an option, whether to face the noose or serve the Commander as a food tester, Yelena ends up chooses life over death. Does the choice she made worth it? Or she is left with more problems in hand than she previously did?

Poison Study ferociously grabs readers with its intense plot, heart-stopping action and delicate romance. Snyder has proved that she is one of the authors, who are not afraid to present the gruesome details of Yelena’s world descriptively in her writing; which is something I truly appreciate. She successfully enthralled readers with her impressing world-building and the way she creates the nail-biting atmosphere in Poison Study. The setting of the world that Yelena lives in is complete with its own rigid, unfaltering legal and political systems, which are different from our own. While there is something we call justice in our world, such term cease to exist in Yelena’s as any kind of murder committed outside of the war will directly send the doer to the noose. Difference like this one pique my curiosity towards this book and make it even more appealing.

The characters line-up in Poison Study is definitely another thing in this books that I really admire. Yelena is portrayed as a strong-willed, sarcastic and resourceful character. She is extremely strong mentally from the very beginning and I feel that no one can stand tall with the strain that she is under but Yelena never falter, never gives up and keeps on moving forward. Later, with chain of trainings she rises to be someone stronger physically and is able to go into combat as if she was born with such talent. Valek, the man in-charge of the food taster, is another mysterious character that I come to love. The complexity of his character is rather intriguing and I absolutely love the way his interaction with Yelena change throughout the book. The thing that happens between them is rather subtle yet solid, without consuming the entire plot of Poison Study.

Overall, Poison Study is definitely a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. With its invigorating plot, intense atmosphere and fast-paced action, Maria V. Snyder plunged readers to a grotesque world where killing is make necessary for one to remain alive and to gain power. This is indeed a book that you don’t want to miss.

Favourite 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. But don't do it halfway. Don't linger in whiner's limbo

16 comments:

  1. I loved Poison Study as well - it was one of the best start to a trilogy I've ever read with a complete story in it's own right. Glad you liked it as much as I did - I'm about to start the follow up trilogy to the study series, set in the same world - just hope it's as good! :)

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  2. In Spain this book can´t buy...

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  3. I loved this book, and the world..oh and Valek ;)
    But then came book 2, ok, and then book 3, and I got really disappointed. But hopefully you wont

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  4. That quote that you added makes me want to read it more. It sounds so good. I have not read anything of this author, but I do have Inside Out. :) Great review.

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  5. Sound intriguing. I heard a lot of good things bout it. =)

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  6. That quote is excellent! I hear amazing things about this book, but I just never seem to get around to reading it haha

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  7. I haven't read anything by Maria V. Snyder yet, but I have Storm Glass sitting in my TBR pile. This one looks good, too!

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  8. Great review as always. I've been thinking to try her books as well. It really does sounds great =)

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  9. I loved Poison Study! I've always loved reading, but it was the Study Series that really got me obsessed with reading :)

    I really glad that you liked it!

    I'm a new follower! Your blog is really pretty btw :)

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  10. The quote is what is getting this book added to my wishlist! Great review!

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  11. Great review Shy, I loved Poison Study and Magic Study but still haven't read Fire Study, must rectify that :)

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  12. Okay...WOW! Now I really want to read this series, it just seems incredible! Great review =)

    Here from CEP

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  13. Awesome review - I really want to read this one!

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  14. I loved this book and I loved Valek! You are right about the subtle change in their interactions over time, I think it worked very well for Poison Study!

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  15. YAY! i can't wait to start this one. Great review!

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  16. Awesome review and amazing quote!

    PS I've missed you :)

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