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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Maria V. Snyder

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Title:Poison Study
Authors:Maria V. Snyder
Info:Mira (2008), Edition: Original, Paperback, 416 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:2012, Fantasy, YA, magic, ebook

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (Author) (2005)

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    terriko: Poison study reminded me of the whole Circle of Magic series, and the Circle Opens one.
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    Jen7waters: Valek reminds me of Faolan.
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    FFortuna: Poison Study is more graphic.
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Just bought the book from half.com for 1.05 {plus 3.49 s/h}..This is first time Ive used half...so hopefully it'll work out okay {factoring in Hurricane Sandy with this order}...

Since I've ♥'d books that Ari has read, I ordered this one...Hopefully I will like this one too..and at least I get good deals on the books I have to buy now {used to get my books at the library}...So, if I dont like them, I wont be TOO upset lol...

Edit: 11/9/12

Finally got the book today..Hopefully I will be able to start on it soon....

Yet another Edit: 11/18/2012

I started the book last night actually and only on Chapter 3. It's a bit of a slow read, but so far, a whole heck of a lot better than that last read I had Stargazer...I wont even get into that...This is about Poison Study..And hopefully I will like it more than I expect to. I guess we will all see... :o)

This is the Cover I have, now, don't get me wrong...I like it and its very nice Pretty. but I don't love it like I do the other cover I came across and loved...Even though it had little to do with the book, its still nice beautiful:

This is the cover I love:



Final Thoughts 11/26/2012

For me personally, it was just too detailed about too many things. It could have been at least 80-100 pages shorter for me. Most times, all I need is just enough for my imagination to get a glimpse of whats going on around the scene at that moment...

It had many good moments..but not enough for it to be a 4 or 5...

I don't see myself going on to book 2. This would be something that I would watch but not read again....

I gave this book a chance because I am trying different genres under the YA Fiction. And I am willing to try other areas in contemporary and adult reading...

I notice a lot of people liked or loved this book...And it's good that they did...but for me...I hope my next book makes me dive in and not want to come up for air....

I haven't enjoyed any books the way I really would have liked to (with the exception of one)

So, hopefully my next pick will have me not wanting to come out until I've finished that last word! The next book I was going to go on to..I probably won't...Because I have struggled with it before...

So, off to my next reading adventure...

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  obridget2 | May 14, 2017 |
This was an awesome book. The idea of a poison taster being a prisoner was great. I rooted for Yelena the whole way. And Valek is just dark enough to be very desirable:) I'm looking forward to the sequels! ( )
  annabw | Feb 21, 2017 |
My publisher, Stephanie Smith, recommended this to me and finally it's out on Kindle. Diving in!

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are rich and deep and the dynamics engaging. There are dark places in Mary Snyder's world that makes the kindnesses and compassion in the people shine all the brighter. Our protagonist is very engaging, resourceful, resilient . . . a true hero in her ability to face dire events and come out, not unscathed, but on top! ( )
  KimFalconer | Jan 29, 2017 |
Poison Study
4 Stars

Sentenced to execution for murder, Yelena is granted a reprieve when she is offered a position as the Commander’s food taster. The book chronicles Yelena’s training in identifying poisons, her developing relationship with master assassin and security chief, Valek, and her discovery of a far-reaching conspiracy aimed at undermining the Commander’s rule and subjecting the people of Ixia to a sadistic and manipulative tyrant.

It should be noted that despite its classification as Young Adult by numerous readers, Poison Study contains adult themes and situations including death, rape, torture, and sex although none of these is described in graphic or vivid detail.

The book has all the right elements: Intrigue and danger, loyalty and betrayal, romance and magic. The world building is detailed and compelling, and the characterization is engaging with a strong and resourceful heroine and an intense and stoic hero.

Nevertheless, the writing style is somewhat simplistic and erratic at times, and the plot is quite predictable. Moreover, there are one or two facets that I found problematic but other readers might not such as the flowery descriptions of Valek and Yelena’s sexual encounters and the inclusion of a ghost, which is completely unnecessary and irrelevant both to the plot and Yelena’s characterization.

All in all, this is a fast-paced and entertaining read and I look forward to reading more about Yelena in the next book. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book. It's been a while since I've read the first book in a series and been dying to get onto book 2 - with Poison Study that's exactly how it went.

I loved all the characters in this book. Yelena is a strong heroine - the perfect main character. This book is also written in first person, which sometimes comes off as a bit awkward for me as a reader but really worked here.

The secondary characters are all well developed and intriguing in of themselves. While Yelena is definitely the focus of the book, the other characters are equally as believable and important to the tale.

The pacing in the book is also great. The plotline grabbed my attention from page one and I had to keep going and see where Snyder went with the tale. I love stories like this.

Reminiscent of Graceling for me, I highly recommend Poison Study! ( )
  cathishaw | Oct 27, 2016 |
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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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Ze zaten vrolijk met je te praten terwijl ze je vergif toedienden. - Kathy Brandt, een goede vriendin die de strijd verloor, ondanks chemotherapie
To my husband, Rodney, for all the support he has given, is giving and will give. I'm spoiled rotten.

In loving memory of Frances Snyder, Jeanette and Joseph Scirrotto.

"They would talk to you and make jokes while they were feeding you poison."--Kathy Brandt on chemotherapy; a good friend who lost the battle
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Locked in darkness that surrounded me like a coffin, I had nothing to distract me from my memories.
"But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.” “That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me. “Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me."
"What have I earned from you, Valek? Loyalty? Respect? Trust?" "You have my attention. But give me what I want, and you can have everything."
"Yelena, you've driven me crazy. You've caused me considerable trouble and I've contemplated ending your life twice since I've known you...but you slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart."
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About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a 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 dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778327116, Paperback)

Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.

But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.

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Yelena, about to be executed, is offered the job of food taster to the Commander of Ixia, but politics and magic keep threatening her life.

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