Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Genres/Themes: Fantasy, Young/New Adult, TW: rape, Magic, Sci-Fi
Oh my goodness YES!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
I’ve read a few books this year by Maria V. Snyder and with each book I love her more and MORE. This book has succeeded in putting her on my favorite authors list. While this book isn’t a favorite it is so close to being there. With the next few books in the series maybe it will make it there.
There is threat of death, character growth, magic, some character diversity (transgender), and good mix of characters. Oh! Also, the romance isn’t shoved into the reader’s face. I thought it was subtle but, enough that I giggled and smiled at the development of feelings. I SHIP IT! although I wasn’t sure of anyone’s age so… besides Yelena who is 18 I don’t actually know anyone’s age… I know Valek, the Commander, etc. So, it made it a little difficult in figuring out what people looked like or age gaps in the romance. I honestly wasn’t even sure they could be together…. I just assumed… anyhow I’m still not sure how I really feel.
I’m excited to learn more about the magic in the next book. I think it will be a great development and interesting to figure out. I want more rules haha.
I really enjoyed the story. While it was a bit obvious what was going on, it was obvious to certain characters but, like me they are unsure of the specifics so, it was fun to read.
Yelena!! She is great. I just wanted to mention one more time that I’m excited to see how much she will grow and which paths she will take 🙂
I definitely recommend this to fans of YA and fantasy. Leaving it vague because I think more people should check it out ^_^