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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 (Author) (2005)

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    Jen7waters: Valek reminds me of Faolan.
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This kind of magical fantasy is not usually my pick in reading, but this story was compelling and I did read it in just a couple of days. Put the next in the series on hold , so I guess I'm hooked. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
This kind of magical fantasy is not usually my pick in reading, but this story was compelling and I did read it in just a couple of days. Put the next in the series on hold , so I guess I'm hooked. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
This kind of magical fantasy is not usually my pick in reading, but this story was compelling and I did read it in just a couple of days. Put the next in the series on hold , so I guess I'm hooked. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
The characters were well described, the storyline was good and plausible - only the setting was a bit sparse for my liking. I could emphasize with Yelena and the other main characters and the book held my interst until the last page. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
Imprisoned for murder, nineteen-year-old Yelena is given a choice - face execution or become the food taster for the Commander of Ixia. She chooses the latter despite the daily risk of poison and so an exciting story begins. There is a wonderful blend of adventure, fantasy and romance in this book making it a page turner. Yelena is an ideal heroine - brave, resourceful, intelligent, feisty and at times vulnerable. Narrated by Yelena, the reader quickly comes to empathise with her and with the position she finds herself in. As Yelena makes friends, she also makes some powerful enemies who are determined to kill her whenever the opportunity arises.

Thankfully, Valek, the CommanderÛªs chief assassin, is on her side. He teaches Yelena to recognise the taste and smell of various poisons, and is strong, imposing, protective and, of course, handsome. Gradually the relationship between Valek and Yelena moves from teacher/student to something more intimate.

While the the plot is a bit weak at times and it is difficult to form a complete picture of Ixia, this is still a satisfying read filled with suspense, intrigue, betrayal and friendship which will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 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
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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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