Poison Study

Maria Snyder

Choose:  A quick death…or slow poison… About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered and extraordinary reprieve.  As a food taster, she’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.  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…


An excellent entrée into a new series, Snyder doesn’t disappoint when it comes to setting up a multi-layered, complex world.  While some of the outcomes *were* predictable, at least for me, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Yelena was definitely a heroine to root for, who went through a well-crafted metamorphosis and Valek was the perfect anti-hero.  I’m looking forward to the next book, Magic Study.