REVIEW : Magic Study


TITLE: Magic Study
AUTHOR: Maria V. Snyder
SERIES: Poison Study #2
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 419
PUBLISHED: September 1st 2007

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A lesson in loyalty – a master class in intrigue

Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth.

Bu nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges – and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation no of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life… or be her downfall.


“Another relative?” Valek asked.
A broad smile stretched Moon Man’s lips. “Yes. I am her mother’s uncle’s wife’s
third cousin.”

Yelena continues her adventures in Sitia this time. She left Ixia with one of the Master Magicians, Irys, to learn to control her magic and use it better. But little did she know that trouble would be ahead and she would have anything but peaceful studies.

I really liked Poison Study but this was even better! We are introduced to a bunch of new characters and there’s something going on all the time. You’d think that it’d be too much going from trouble to trouble but it isn’t. This is nicely written with some time to relax, sort of, and yet again back to the action.

Yelena was united with her family after 14 years. But the thing I liked the most was that it wasn’t all heartwarming welcome for her. Some of her clan were wary about Yelena’s true reason to come back, even her own brother. And with the history between Ixia and Sitia, that’s actually very reasonable. I mean if someone has been living in Ixia for 14 years, she might be back home as a spy right? Still I loved to learn more about Zaltana clan and Yelena’s family. Getting to know more about her childhood and kidnapping. But yet I still would have wanted to know more. Especially I would have wanted more interaction between Leif and Yelena, knowing what went down between them.
As for the other new characters. I loved the horses!! Especially the names they gave to the people. Also grew fond of Bain Bloodgood, didn’t like Cahil nor the First Magician at all. But that was probably the purpose?
First I thought that we wouldn’t see the old friends at this book at all. But I was so happy when that thought actually proved wrong!! Ahh how I missed the Rabbit Man. Well Valek too. And it took me a while to figure out who the Ambassador was *face palm*, though that was completely on me. Really like how good that character continues to be!

I kind of new from the start that some twist would happen at the end. That something was wrong with certain someone. But honestly, I had my suspicions on someone else at first. But then again the twist didn’t shock me as it is. The ending left me hanging. Though it wasn’t that bad of a cliffhanger, I’m glad that I have the next book in hand and will continue with this series!



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