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Starred Review. Shivers, obsession, sleepless nights—these are the results not of one of the milder poisons that novice food-taster Yelena must learn during her harrowing job training but of newcomer Snyder's riveting fantasy that unites the intelligent political focus of George R.R. Martin with a subtle yet potent romance. Through a stroke of luck, Yelena escapes execution in exchange for tasting the food of the Commander, ruler of Ixia. Though confined to a dank prison cell and doomed to a painful death, Yelena slowly blooms again, caught up in castle politics. But some people are too impatient to wait for poison to finish off Yelena. With the help of Valek, her steely-nerved, cool-eyed boss and the Commander's head of security, she soon discovers that she has a starring role to play in Ixia's future—a role that could lead to her being put to death as a budding magician even if she hits each cue perfectly. The first in a series, this is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it.
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"Poison Study is a wonderful and lively read. I particularly love the pragmatic heroine and her stubborn refusal to give up or give in. Highly recommended!" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Simply enchanting. Poison Study was a captivating read starting from the get-go with interesting storytelling, setting the scene very well and informing the reader about the past... Read morePublished 3 months ago by TheNotSoPublicLibrary
Amazing, witty and a great plot line! I'll be eagerly waiting for morePublished 5 months ago by peterpan2
A readable tale with engaging characters and a plausible plot. A very pleasant distraction in fact...Published 7 months ago by Tom McGreevy
This was the first book I ready by Maria V. Snyder and I think she's great. I love the worlds she has created and always look forward to the next book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. C. L.
It's a book that i couldn't put down. I love the book series, can't wait to get the last bookPublished on Aug. 3 2013 by Michelle
This is the first in a series of books that will grab your interest and suck you into the magical world.Published on June 21 2013 by Clinkdrew
Yelena never had it easy. She grew up in an orphanage and ended-up locked in the Commander's dungeon after she killed the son of the man who took her in at age 6. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2011 by Tynga's Reviews
Poison study had a unique setup, like some other reviewers have mentioned I've never read a novel with a food taster and the protagonist. Read morePublished on July 29 2011 by Max Holiday