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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study

Title: Poison Study

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Pages: 400

Format: Paperback

Publisher: MIRA

Published: 01 March 2007

ISBN 978-0-7783-0192-9

Buy Here: Amazon UK



Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.

Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?

When Yelena realises she has extraordinary magical powers of he own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death…



Yelena is a strangely likeable character, she has been found guilty of murder and has a sarcastic attitude to boot, but you can’t help but seem to like her.

The story revolves around the offer that has been made to Yelena, the opportunity to live by becoming the Commander’s new food taster. At first glance, this seems like an amazing offer, instead of being hung for the murder of Reyad, she has the chance to start a new life, something her survival instincts tell her to do, no questions asked. However with Valek in charge of her training she worries if she’ll even make it to food taster and not die a horrible painful death during training.

When General Brazell, the man whose orphanage she grew up in and the man whose son she killed, turns up for a visit with the Commander, Yelena knows her life has taken another turn for the worse. With even more men trying to kill her, what chance does she actually have at surviving? Especially when a magician from Sitia appears, with magic banned in Ixia (where Yelena is) trouble starts brewing.

In come Ari and Janco, two loveable, funny characters that can’t really help but to make you smile, as well as the joyful chef Rand and delightful seamstress Dilana, all making the book one hard to put down.

I absolutely loved this book and didn’t stop reading until i had finished. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre, the depth of the book doesn’t really hit you until halfway through and that just makes you want to read it again.



“Sieges weathered, fight together, friends forever.”


My Rating:



Next Book:

A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K Hamilton


Thanks for reading,



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