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Magic Study Paperback – December 1, 2008
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"Poison Study is a wonderful and lively read. Highly recommended!" -- Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series
"Be prepared for an exhilarating adventure of danger and romance as our heroine battles for her life against rebel forces . . ." -- Dark Realms magazine
"Enchanting . . . I absolutely loved it. Poison Study is a wonderful trip into fantasy." -- Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author
"Maria Snyder has created an engaging and entirely original new fantasy, fascinating in its rich detail." -- Mercedes Lackey, New York Times bestselling author
"Maria V. Snyder makes readers believe in her world and the characters she creates, a writer's form of magic." -- The Best Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a culture shock for both sides, and while her parents are welcoming, understanding, and patient, others--especially her brother, Leif--are unremittingly hostile. Leif has his own, more specialized, magical talent, the ability to sense the emotional traces of a person's actions. He knows that Yelena has killed, recently and more than once, and he concludes that she's a murderous Ixian spy.
Imagine Yelena's joy when a change in plans means that she and Leif will make the journey to the Keep alone.
It's from this point that Yelena's life starts to get even more interesting--in the sense of the old proverb--than it was during her last few years in Ixia. She and Leif are ambushed along the way, by a troop that Leif turns out to be on surprisingly good terms with--Cahil Ixia, the presumed heir to the throne of Ixia (Valek, we're told, was careless after all the adults were dead, and lost track of this infant) and his men. Even convincing Cahil (who wants this Ixian spy to reveal what she knows about the Commander's security and military dispositions) that his best course is to bring her to the Keep doesn't end her troubles, because the First Magician, Roze, is easily persuaded that she's a spy.Read more ›
I will say I loved the character of Cahill. His every action flows believably from his brash immaturity and his belief in his own PR. He moves the plot along, but does it all completely in character. I'm interested to see how he develops in the next volume.
Reservations about Magic Study aside, I will be buying Fire Study as soon as it's released, in the hopes that it recaptures the spark of Poison Study.
Four stars instead of five, simply because this is not a stand-alone book. The extremely complex relationships between Yelena, Valek, the Commander, Irys, Ari and Janko needs to be understood, in depth, as well as the world Yelena left behind, before you read Magic Study. For that you need to read the first book. That said, this sequel is wonderful, and the growth of the main characters is a joy to experience.
Importantly, at least to me, is that this story finishes it's own chapter. The conclusion is satisfactory, but as in real life, not final. A continuation is obvious, not necessary, and doors are left open to advance the saga, but there are no intentional holes in this particular adventure that make you grind your teeth in frustration. I really hate cliffhangers, and generally avoid authors that try to manipulate me in that way.
I do want to read more about the world Maria Snyder has created, not because I have to, because I want to stay involved in the lives of these people. That takes talent, not cheap tricks.
Again, Well Done!
She re-unites with her birth family in chapter one, but her brother hates her. Wait, it turns out he really hates himself. Never mind; for an apprentice magician he was written as very stupid, and his plans were all easily foiled by Invincible Yelena.
Then Yelena reaches the university, and gets meets her bestest friend in the entire world. It's the magical telepathic horse Kiki! With a cool gust-of-win(d) gait which outshines all other equines.
Meanwhile, Yelena is feeling sort of down at being apprenticed to one of the four living Master Magicians, so who shows up but her Perfect Love and friends from book one? They make her feel better.
The actual plot? Well.. Yelena develops the power of telepathy (and forced sleep), the power of healing, the power of earning and commanding the trust of beggar children (with her apparently infinite supply of money), and gosh, she might just be some Invincible Magician Specialty which comes along once every two hundred years.
Oh wait, the plot. Stop a murderer who is a magician. Invincible Yelena to the rescue!
Overall, this book felt like a shallow romantic parody of a fantasy adventure story, and I can't recommend it. I found the characters one dimensional, and I never worried Invincible Yelena could get hurt from heading foolishly into danger. Not as good as the first one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but I was disappointed with a couple of things. Mainly, I did not like Valek in this book like I did in the first. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Cinder89
I just finished the second book in Maria Snyder's Soulfinder series and have to say that I enjoyed it just as much as the first book. Ms. Read morePublished 12 days ago by D. Miller
The first book was better. This one was well written, had interesting characters but the plot was too busy. Read morePublished 13 days ago by DHildred
Second book in the series. The story of the poison taster as she travels back home to study magic. It tells the story of her family and her kidnapping. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Librarylover
I liked it as a continuation of the first book. A completely different life and almost a different person than the girl we first knew. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JennyLynn22
I didn't like it as much as Poison Study, but still highly enjoyed it. Some of the plot twists seemed repetitive, but I still couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Betheeee
Not as good as poison study. However still an amazing read. The plot was fast paced and had a relatively original story line. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer