- Series: Study Series (Book 5)
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (January 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778318753
- ISBN-13: 978-0778318750
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Night Study (Study Series) Paperback – January 26, 2016
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About the Author
Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.
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Constant nail-biting moments of "OMG are they gonna make it? Who is Snyder gonna kill off?!" riddled these chapters. We still have that curious narration of third-person, first-person switch and a few typographical errors in the Kindle version, which is uncommon in this series. Editor must have been asleep or skipping ahead to see how it all plays out. This is the first Soul Finder book where I found myself skimming chapters to get to the good parts again and lot of the chapters were necessary to build up the plot, and yet unnecessary except to lead the reader down another dead end the Big Bad had set up.
We realize the Big Bad is ten times more clever than that silly Fire Demon in the first arc that wanted to take over the worlds, even though this human villain's goal of taking over the world is a bit cliche. We don't even know why he's doing it; he just is because he can.
It's a bit unnerving how he mind rapes people and the characters just kind of wearily laugh at it afterward. If it's anything as traumatic as actual rape, then I would have imagined them to be more devastated and slightly numb, but if we've learned anything, our heroes have mastered the "stiff upper lip" approach to life these past 6 years.
We still don't have a clear vision of the end game in this novel; and we have no idea what's going to happen by the next festival that the Commander is planning. We seriously hope the Big Bad won't uncover any of the villains from the first arc, but who knows.
The reader will notice also the use of modern terminology in the story telling, and it gives you pause since you thought you were in a whole other world. I had to get used to the use of "okay", which has distinctly American etymological origins, so I suppose the word "nun-chuks" isn't that extraordinary (despite the fact the word nunchuku is distinctly Okinawan). When you consider that the Unity Fountain back story in the first arc uses distinctly Chinese words to describe the first Master Magicians, you'll probably just shrug. Though distracting, like the typos, it's not that bad.
We finally see Cahil again, though only in passing, but we don't know whose side he's on. We don't know if the Commander is playing a dangerous game or if he's royally screwed. We don't know if the Big Bad has any weaknesses; so far he's been three steps ahead of everyone. Sometimes it feels like the author is just toying with our emotions by giving our heroes a break or a leg up, only to take it away again. We have no idea if Yelena will come out of this alive. Valek also has a surprising talent which both makes sense and yet is kind of thrown at us. The reader has to understand that the events of the past have led Yelena and Valek to this point, and his big reveal was really a long time coming.
I've invested too much time and money to stop now. Just take my money, Ms. Snyder.... on to Book 6!!
The story of Yelena and Valek has progressed so beautifully! There's so much to their story that I want to say, but I'll keep this spoiler free. Let me just say that long time fans of Yelena and Valek will love the newest revelations, and developments between this all time favorite literally couple. It's so hard not to swoon with the way these two are when they are around each other. I love seeing that tender side of Valek, a highly feared assign, when he's with Yelena. Getting the story from his point of view of fabulous. I love how protective of her he is, while at the same time he respects the missions she has to go on. Despite his wanting to lock Yelena in a tower to keep her safe, I love how he has always allowed her to be her own person, and has supported her in her quests.
Yelena has always been, and will always be one of my favorite heroines. I have always admired her strength, her intelligence, and her duty. She is the perfect match for Valek. The love, respect, and desires they have for each other are perfectly written. *sigh* One of the things I've always loved about this series, and the books that center o the world of Sitia and Ixia, are the relationships. Two of my favorite characters (aside from Yelena and Valek) are Janco and Ari. Not only do they bring the humor to the right parts of the story, I have long admired their loyalty to Valek, as well as Yelena. They are the characters who long ago started out more like side kicks, and quickly morphed from being secondary characters to main characters. I love these two.
The best thing about Night Study, aside from the magic, romance, and action packed scenes, is this book is written from four points of views! The story is told from Valek, Yelena, Janco and Lief's points of views and it is AWESOME! Maria is one of the few authors who can write a book from multiple points of views and do so effortlessly. I loved getting to know Lief more. He continues to surprise me.
Night Study is a fantastic addition to a continued series I can't get enough of. I love the complexity of the plot line, the continued storyline of many of the characters fans have previously met, and the shocking twists and secrets that are revealed. There's a lot that happens in this book. I loved that the depth of some of the relationships really makes the betrayal and shocking discoveries that much worse. I definitely was not excepting some of the plot twists to go in the direction they did, and I love that Maria still has that element of surprise. This book is the perfect continuation of the previous book in this series, and the series before it. If you haven't picked up those books, I highly recommend that you do!
The only flaw in this series is the sense of rush I get when something drastic happens to a side character, but I have not been led through the pages to love this character again.
The storyline, itself, plods along at a slow but steady rate until the very end, when things do pick up a bit. Nothing overly exciting but enough to anxiously await the final episode!
The plot was lacking a little bit. Yelena not having her magic is really frustrating for me. It's always been one of my favorite things about the series.
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