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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (Dec 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327127
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Family betrayal, a power-mad serial killer and a potential diplomatic crisis threaten the independent-minded heroine of Snyder's fine sequel to Poison Study (2005). With the overthrow of the royal family of Ixia, 20-year-old Yelena Zaltana, who was kidnapped as a child by the evil magician Mogkan, is now free to return home to Sitia. Her reunion with the family she hasn't seen in 14 years palls when her brother spreads rumors she's actually a spy from Ixia. At the Magician's Citadel, where Yelena enrolls to hone her prodigious magical talents, her powers raise concern that she might be a rare, powerful Soulfinder. Then a string of ugly murders reveals the presence of a rogue magician in the area. As Yelena joins the hunt for the killer, complications grow with the arrival of a diplomatic mission from Ixia—including her lover, Valek, a notorious spy and assassin, sure to be executed if anyone sees through his disguise. Snyder's lively, charming mix of romance and fantasy is sure to gain her new fans. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karoline on March 22 2011
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This book was so interesting I would get irritated each time there would be interruptions to my reading. It was that good. I had to keep reading until the final page. I just had to. If you thought Poison Study was good, Magic Study gets even better.

Yelena is thrown into a brand new situation, and now has to re-adjust accordingly. This brings about a new set of characters, a good solid character development within Yelena, and more Valek (my favorite part!). As in the previous novel, there's mystery and intrigue thrown into the story but the mystery aspect of the book is more violent and much darker than Poison Study. The romance between Yelena and Valek is still there, and it was nice to see them together as they do compliment each other well as a couple. There was an interesting chemistry between Yelena and Cahil - although Cahil acted like a spoiled selfish brat in the end and that does pave the way towards the third book.

It was nice to see Ari and Jaco back, and while they were out of the picture, Yelena's horse Kiki provided some of the comic relief. It was also nice to see Yelena hasn't really changed, although I did notice she had really great comebacks and her wit was still there, sharp as ever. I enjoyed the connection between Kiki and Yelena. Better yet, Kiki's requests for peppermints and apples always generated a smile from me.

I'm not sure if I like Leif or not. I hated him at first because of his treatment of Yelena, and once you found out his dirty little secret, I still hated him even more. As his behavior changed, I'm still not sure what to think about him. I'd have to say, all the characters in the books are very well done and each one memorable so they're not just any character that you'll forget later as you progress further into the book.
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I was so happy to read the second installment of this series and it certainly did not disappoint me. In fact, I probably enjoyed it as much as the first book, Poison Study. In this installment, Yelena has come into herself more, able to explore her magical side. I love how strong she is and able to take care of herself, though she grows quite a bit on the emotional level.

Again, I found Snyder's writing to be compelling and I loved the world that she created, this time in Sitia, in many ways the polar opposite to Ixia, the setting of the first book. The jungle scenes were great and I love the idea of a whole community making its home in the treetops. My favorite characters from the first book also return, Ari, Janco, and, of course, Valek.

There are also some great new characters: her family, Moon Man, and especially her horse Kiki who she has a magical connection with. Her parents and Kiki really soften Yelena's character in a nice way, rounding her out. I enjoyed the scenes when Yelena went home - they were well written and heartwrenching. I could just feel the nerveous anxiety of her mother, wanting to make up for all the years of lost time with a daughter who has been damaged and is unprepared for family life. Lief, her brother's, reaction to Yelena was also interesting - he had spent every day out in the jungle looking for her, and when she returns he rejects her. This seems confusing and out of place until we understand his own emotional turmoil.

Everyone, once again, seems to have a reason to distrust Yelena and her very powerful, but strange, magic. She makes great strides at times, then she stumbles and needs to regroup. This is a book full of adventure and tension, with a bad guy who is so creepy that he is difficult even to think about.
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By Kirstie on Jan. 24 2010
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I actually read these books in the wrong order. I started with this one, Magic Study. It didn't really make too much of a difference but I'm glad I did it the way I did. This book was amazing, it hooked me on this series. I afterwards read the first one and it is also amazing, but this is the one that hooked me on the series.

Yelena has returned to her family. After being seperated from them for fourteen years. However not everyone is happy about it. Her brother for one did not want Yelena to return. But it doesn't seem to matter much because soon she is off to go learn how to control her magic, but it doesn't take long before she ends up in a crazy situation. You can read the summary above if you want to learn more about the plot so I'm just here to tell you that this book is great. I was interested every minute and ended up reading it all in one night. If you liked the first one then reading the second is a must.

It's a great series and even though after reading the first one I was a bit dissapointed with the lack of presence of Valek but don't worry, he does make appearances. So all in all I highly recommend Magic Study, for anyone who loved Poison study and for those interested in a good fantasy (for lovers of series' such as Alanna by Tamora Pierce or Graceling by Kristin Cashore I also highly recommend this series)
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Poison Study, book one in the adventures of Yelena's precarious and often dangerous life, introduced a heroine worth giving more than a second look at. Put through hell and back, she refused to let abuse and foul black magic to take her life as a child. As a young woman, she conquered the challenges of becoming the poison taster for the ruler of Ixia and managed to secure the heart of its most dangerous assassin. Through many tests, Yelena has already walked, but there's one left that she's only dreamed of and it may prove the most difficult for her to overcome yet.

Fourteen years have passed since Yelena was taken from her family, kidnapped from the southern country of Sitia. As those possessing magic are put to death in Ixia, Yelena must take herself, along with her newly budding powers, to the only place left for someone such as her. The first challenge of her once again new start at life? Her family. When she meets up with them again, it's a culture shock for both parties. Determined to rekindle something of her past though, Yelena gives it her all with the large Zaltana clan. Treachery is never far from home though, and soon she's having to watch her back around a close family member. Even in the capital city, where Yelena travels to learn how to control her magic, she can't gain a moments respite from danger. There, she become embroiled in the machinations of a would-be king, the treachery of an evil magician and the stigma of a power so great, others fear the very mention of one who wields it. Looked upon with suspicion wherever she goes, Yelena must once again fight for a place in a society that has no place for her. True to her nature, she makes a place for herself, and soon is hot on the trail of the evil magician as well as her constantly unfolding destiny.
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