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Fire Study (Study, Book 3) Paperback – February 19, 2008
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The book could have easily removed 200 pages and would have been better for it. I felt the author lost the passion for the storyline and was just rushing to finish it off.
Snyder left her roots of interweaving a story of magic and a fantasy world where Yelena learns to adjust to her increasing powers and removal from Ixia. Instead we have a repetitious action adventure plot missing the magical world the author had previously created.
Any magic that was used was extremely repetitive (Curare and Theobroma) and the fight scenes which were easily over half of the book were very repetitive. The main characters are out numbered, rendered paralyzed with Curare, captured, escape, Kiki needs to kick someone to save Yelena, and they all meet at the rendezvous point about 20 times. This followed with around 20 pages of repetitive bow staff fighting amongst friends. Not exactly exciting stuff there.
The rogue Warpers motivations seemed disorganized which proved to be a very serious failed opportunity to add a very interesting component to the story.
The main characters did not grow or form closer bonds with each other. Holes within their personal history were not filled in. I did not learn anything new about the fascinating people, history, or culture of Sitia or Ixia. The plot also follows the same line as the first books, children of children being harvested for the power of others. Yelena coming into her own to harvest and control her powers seemed improbable as the challenges put before her were more physical in nature.Read more ›
The quality of the writing is lacking. Snyder writes in stilted, simplistic fashion and presents information in an awkward order that makes the book difficult to follow. She needs to develop more tricks in her plot toolkit to move things along: the constant kidnappings and escapes became ridiculous. The amount of travel also strained the bounds of credulity. It's annoying how stupid she made Yelena, when she presents really obvious solutions chapters before Yelena comes to the correct conclusion. Other times, such as with the magical glass animals, it's as if scenes were cut out or moved but the rest of the book wasn't edited to ensure continuity. Suddenly Yelena's theory of how they worked became tested, when that didn't happen until much later. It's almost as if they published the first draft of the book with a few bits and pieces hacked out. A really thorough, deep developmental edit by a competent and caring editor would have gone a long way to sort out these problems.
While editing could have resolved the mechanical problems with the book, I'm not persuaded that Snyder's magical theology is clearly conceived. Since it's written in the first person, we mostly learn how magic works along with Yelena, which is pretty random and not grounded in theory. The unclear writing, the awkward unfolding of ideas, and the obtuseness of the character all make the final revelation about the soul of the world in the last pages of the book unsatisfying.Read more ›
Protagonists - In Poison Study Elena was a resilient, loyal, intelligent and clever young woman. In Fire Study she became obtuse, fickle, rash to the point of foolishness, and just all together unlikeable. I still remember when she stood in Valek's study, half starved and dirty, and chose to become a food taster instead of being executed, saying `I'm no fool' with total poise and dignity. Where did that girl go? In this book Elena is afraid of her magic and is faced with a difficult task of defeating a malicious new clan that has threatened the country of her birth, and all those she holds dear. And what does she do? She pushes everyone away, rushes into impossible situations, gets caught and almost killed multiple times, putting everyone around her in even greater jeopardy. This especially applies to Valek, who continuously rescues her from perils and gets no thanks in return.
Both Valek and Leif have been portrayed poorly in this book. Leif doesn't seem to possess a backbone and a personality, other than his ever changing moods from playful to sulky. Valek, on the other hand, went from a rather mysterious assassin and a strong love interest to a supporting character that occasionally gets to rescue and bed Elena. I felt no emotional connection and no rationale for the continuous melodrama. Also he is supposed to be a master strategist, but the twenty year old Elena ends up making all the decisions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's engaging and thoughtfully written overall. It's not an exceptional book, but I enjoyed it.Published 2 days ago by CTProfessional
This book was the slowest development of the three. I also had trouble relating to the characters since they disappeared for long lengths of time. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cinder89
Awesome best book ever!!😘 😢 sad it is off over! Awesome that is all I can say!😁😁 in the world of books, best book ever!Published 7 days ago by Ashlyn Gee
Poison Study was an interesting concept and hooked me into reading more. Unfortunately each subsequent book dwindled in comparison. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Sloane Salzburg
At times it felt like the author rushed through things, as if she wasn't feeling the story at that point and wanted to skip ahead. Read morePublished 26 days ago by JennyLynn22
Great series. Can't put them down and can't wait to start the next one. This series can probably go on for a whilePublished 1 month ago by Robin Dane
This book is not as good as the first two books in the series. However, this book still captures the reader's attention and is a good book to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer