By Maria V. Snyder
Publication date: March 1, 2007
Mira Books, 409 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle
Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…
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…
— Goodreads.com description
Thank goodness for my friend April because she told me to read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and I did and I LOVED IT.*
If you’re in a mood for a fantasy-esque book series filled with castles, murder, intrigue, kissing (OF COURSE), horse riding, magic and everything else you’d want from this type of book, this is for you.
It is worth noting, though, that I read all three books in one fell swoop as a “bundle” on my Kindle. So instead of three separate stories, it seemed like one giant book to me. If I’d had to wait between books, I think I would have been more irked when my favorite characters were out of the picture for a while.
Speaking of favorite characters: VALEK. Oh, Valek. Love. Ben Barnes? Anyone?**
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is the perfect book for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore or Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers. All three of these books have a female main character who kicks ass, a romance that’s all sorts of “I hate you I hate you I hate you, okay now let’s make out,” and plenty of intrigue. Give it a try for sure.
*Well, actually thank goodness for April for many reasons, chief among them being general awesomeness, great taste in books and her willingness to listen to me freak out about things day after day.
**Yeah. I’m aware I picture about a zillion characters as Ben Barnes (Ash, for example). So what?! Look at him! You’re welcome!