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Magic Study Paperback – November 18, 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
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
What can I say? Its just not as good as the first book. And the reviews for the third book are terrible. I think this is where I part ways with this series.Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed Poison Study, but the sequel is much better. The story is faster paced and the heroine is rightly depicted in the swirl of relationships that define a rich life. Read morePublished 21 days ago by K. Lucas
Continuing story of Yelena As she discovers her past and starts to understand her powers.Published 1 month ago by Blue Eyes
The author has a way of taking you completely to another world. I highly recommend! You will not want to put this book down!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
First and foremost. I’m totally glad that someone told me that Velek was missing for the first half of this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robin Snyder
The story has ins and outs but end up meeting in unexpected ways. The characters are interesting and growing along with the story so it doesn't feel stultified or unbalanced. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Archinal
Nose dived down hill from 1st book. Previously developed character (Valek) took a turn for the worst. Plot just dragged on and on... How many times can Yelena get kidnapped???Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Magic Study is the second book I have read from Maria V. Snyder, and I am quite displeased with myself that I haven’t read her sooner!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl
I love the world Maria V Snyder has created and am enjoying the series!Published 2 months ago by Esther