Title: Poison Study (Study #1)
Author: Maria V. Synder
Published By: Mira (March 1, 2007)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars
Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear…
This is one of those books that every so often you hear someone mention it, they say it was really good and that you should try it and then that is kind of that. You think to yourself, "Okay, yeah, that sounds good. I will check it out."
So you do and you add it to your TBR pile and then promptly forget about it until someone brings it up again and you finally decide that you really should try it.
So, okay, maybe that doesn't happen to everyone but that is what happened to me. In fact, I think it took me until someone mentioned this series about 5 times before I finally decided I would try it out and see what all the fuss was about.
This isn't (at least for me) one of those books that you absolutely love from the first sentence or page or even paragraph but it does however, hold your attention after the first few pages and leave you wondering what happened, what is going on and leaving you wanting to find out and the fact that it is very well written, unusual and okay, really really interesting doesn't help either. ;)
This story really was a good one. It has a little bit of everything. In fact, I am having a really hard time trying to think of anyone this book wouldn't appeal to.
Their is fighting, romance (but not too much at all, just enough to keep it interesting), betrayal, magic, mischief, mayhem, backstabbing, evilness, mystery and well, you get the idea.
This was a pretty captivating read and it went by pretty quickly. I started this pretty late in the day yesterday and before I knew it I was done with it and wanted to download the next book in the series, it is just that well written.
So to all those that have heard of this series and have put it in yout TBR pile and then have forgotten about it, pull it out and try it. You won't be disappointed!