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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 (2005)

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I really liked this book, independently that is. I was excited to get into a series when I started this one. The problem is the rest of the books aren't that great (see my review of the series). Poison Study is far and away the best in the series. I don't really think it's a problem though because the book works well on its own. It doesn’t end with screeching cliffhangers that make you feel like you just HAVE to find out what happens next. Boo for unnecessary gasping cliffhangers! Yay for this book!

This book did manage to conjure up a few surprises for me although much of the storyline was also fairly transparent, but not in an annoying or boring way. One of the most important qualities in a book for me is character development. Snyder has her character development firmly under control in this book without having to rely too heavily on archetypes, though they do appear - but that’s not always a bad thing. The plot in and of itself is actually refreshing. It felt like new material rather than so much of the poorly reheated hash that’s out there. But not to fear, this one is no soggy potato!
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1 vote Kanic | Apr 9, 2014 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Overall, I am impressed with Maria Snyder's first novel, Poison Study. It was well written and the main characters are likable, complex, and engaging. The characters of the "supporting staff" are also well done. The dialogue is realistic and the writing style is pleasant and unpretentious. The pace is quick, there is political intrigue, spying, treachery, fighting, forgiveness, personal growth, and romance (although the single love scene was confusing and a bit corny).

However, the plot was somewhat predictable and there were few surprises. Also, the setting of the story is confusing. Chamber pots, swords, and castles with dungeons suggest a medieval setting, but then there are factories, camouflage, disinfectants, briefcases, pills, and dialogue that don't seem to fit that setting.

I was also slightly disappointed with the ending. Among all of the other life changes that Yelena is dealing with, she also finds out she's a magician and that she needs to be trained so she doesn't burn out the magic power source by "pulling power" incorrectly. This sets up a nice sequel (called Magic Study), but Yelena has also just recently learned to be an expert fighter, and now we throw in magician, too, and it just seems a bit over the top. She's just too perfect. Except that she's a murderer. Oh, wait, but when she murdered that guy, she saved many innocents from the torture she went through . . . I guess she is perfect.

All in all, I think Maria Snyder is a very promising author with a good imagination and a nice writing style. I will give the second book a try and I will certainly take a look at whatever she publishes in the future. In my opinion, she has Jacqueline Carey potential.
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  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Its missing something....

I flew through it. I really liked Yelena and her world.

1. The ending surprised me, I really cant picture them together
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  AmandaEmma | Mar 26, 2014 |
Enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. ( )
  eswaim | Feb 17, 2014 |
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

The only reason this book didn't get a 2 was because it wasn't a horrible book.

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...but wasn't bad enough to deserve a 1 or 2....

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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  BridgetsBookNook | Feb 6, 2014 |
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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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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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