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Poison Study (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Maria V. Snyder

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

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (2005)

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    Jen7waters: Valek reminds me of Faolan.
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    mamaie: I read A Discovery of Witches right after Poison Study; A Discovery of witches is more graphic.
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Some things were a bit predictable, but I really enjoyed it. I'd read the next one if I could find it. ( )
  AdorablyBookish | Aug 29, 2015 |
I listened to this on audio and very much recommend it. The premise of being a food taster was interesting, there are lots of characters to love, the romance is slow and adorable, and the world is interesting. The narration is quite good too! ( )
  anyaejo | Aug 12, 2015 |
Yelena killed her benefactor's son, and now she rots in a dungeon. It has been almost a year, before she faces her execution day. But the hangman's noose is stayed after the Commanders second in command, Valek, offers her a job...
Since her life is already forfeit, she is to become a food taster, to check for poisons...A chance to live again got Yelena intrigued.


Valek has a way of making sure Yelena stays in line, by poisoning her, and giving her a small dose of antidote every day.. and so her poison study commences.


The Commander is set against any and all magic users, sentencing them to death and forbidding any use of magic..


A foul plot is afoot as Yelena struggles against the assassination attempts, taking private solace in the quiet, firm and confusing ways of her mentor Valek. She doesn't know what to make of him...
He's mysterious...


He's powerful....


He's errrr.....


I loved the story, it was unique, made for an engrossing read. I only had one small problem though. The way they got together in the end. There was so much aloofness and distance trough the entire novel, leaving them fighting for their lives one second, so when the next scene popped in and they were at it like rabbits made me think....well, that was kinda sudden. But the insta-pheromone spray in the face can be forgiven, because it was, undeniably a fabulous read!
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  IvieHill | Aug 6, 2015 |
5/5 stars
I post all my reviews to athroneofbooks.booklikes.com

I never had a single complaint with the book. I find assassins more interesting than most people and read about them and play them in video games often. The characters were solid so far, the setting and how it became was intriguing, and there was enough mystery behind Yelena’s past to keep someone interested from beginning to end. As someone who doesn’t like romance as the main focus I thought it was well done, by the time the love interest was presented I loved them both and was rooting for things to work. Everything about this book worked for me. Snyder has set up a wonderful series that I can’t wait to continue. ( )
  MarandaNicole | Jul 15, 2015 |
A very unique fantasy world with cool characters and cool magic and cool fighting and scary villains and horrifying horrors and...

I don't even know how to sum up the wonderfulness of this book. It's the kind of book I can't put down, even though I've read it three times before. I know what's going to happen, but I keep reading it because I want to relive it again and again. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Jul 9, 2015 |
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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
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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.
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"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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