New York Times best-selling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.
Once, only her own life hung in the balance. Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands - and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job and his life are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers. Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous.…
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The narrator is excellent which make the audio version much better than the print version.
I like the humorous responses made by several of the characters, especially Leaf, Ary and Jenko. (going by narrator's pronunciation of their names, haven't seen them in print).
When I began this book after ready the other Study series books. I was confused and felt as if I had missed something. I then read the Glass series and it helped but wasn't enough. I needed the Ice Study novella to fix things. I suggest that the books be read in this order. The first three books of the Study series (Poisen, Magic, and Fire), followed by the three novellas in the Poison Study short story collection (especially Ice Study). Then ready the Glass series (Storm glass, Sea Glass, and Spy Glass). Now you will be ready to ready Shadow Study.
- Mary john
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