Published: March 1st, 2007
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
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...
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O.M.G!!! This was PHENOMENAL!!! I absolutely, positivity, undoubtedly, wholeheartedly, dumbfoundedly, LOVED POISON STUDY with every fiber of my soul!!! It was just that amazing in soooo many ways!
This book set tingles down my spine. The audiobooks were amazing! The narrator is one of those narrator who keeps you engaged and totally connected to the book and the characters. She was able to distinctively preform each character with a superb voice and talented acting that separated them from each other. And I LOVED IT!
But the narration would of been nothing without the backup of the epic story. And Maria V. Snyder delivered on so many aspects!! She just blew my mind with this book. I was and still am dumbfounded over it's awesomeness, and instantly downloaded the audiobook of book two!
The world building was original and utterly heart-pounding. I've never read anything like this book, so I was instantly enthralled and thrilled to have something so fresh and addicting like POISON STUDY! Maria V. Snyder built a complex world with such depth and underlying twist and turns that kept me absorbed and lulled me to the very last page.
The characters, OMG, you don't want to get me stated there!! Yelena was wonderful, I loved watching her character growth throughout this book. In the beginning she was shattered and broken from her past and the threat of execution hanging over her head. But as the book progressed and Yelena started to find herself and see who she really was and what she was capable of, she started to showed great strength and was determined not to run and give up like she usually does, but to stand and fight until the very end. She was truly a wonderful female protagonist.
And Valek, Ooh, he was unforgettable, and so dam fine!! He had this enchanting personality that I instantly liked. I loved him even before I knew who he was an what role he played. Their was something mysterious and compelling that drew me in. And listening to POISON STUDY on audio only increased that experience and made me fall in love with him even more. I loved his honorable and noble personally, and his strong, take charge demeanor, that only seemed to drive Yelena and myself even more insane!! Maria V. Snyder knows how to create unforgettable and desirable characters that leave everlasting footprints in your heart!!
Choose: A quick death… Or slow poison...
Yelena is a murderer. She killed a man and is now awaiting her execution. By a chance of luck she happens to be next in line for execution when the position for Food Taster becomes available for the Commander of Ixia. She is given a choice: Die now by the noose, or live and possibly die later by poison?? For Yelena the choice is obvious, die later, possibly?
Now as the official Food Taster in training, her job is simple: Taste the Commanders meals for poison and keep him alive. Fail to detect the poison, and you will die a slow poisonous death. So Yelena has no choice but to strive to do her best, or die a horrible death. Oh, but that's not all. She has a slow acting poison running steadily through her blood. It acts as invisible restraints to keep her in line and "escape free." Only way to remain alive is to complete her duties and return to Valek, the Security Chief daily for her antidote, or she'll be dead in two days. What has she just gotten herself into...
As the murder of a high ranking General's only son, she is hunted, ridiculed, and tormented by many, and untrusted by all. Yelena knows her crime of murder may be the cause of her death, but she doesn't care, she'd do it again if she had the opportunity. She is shattered, broken, but not beaten, and as she digs inside she finds an inner strength she didn't know was there, and discovers she has the will and strength to overcome just about anything...
But Food Tasting is just the beginning of Yelena's journeys as assassins, gamblers, castle staff, spies, traitors, guards, Generals and magicians all want a piece of her for one reason or another. And she must learn the acts of self defense and the truth of a buried secret within if she's going to stay alive long enough to see tomorrow.
Yelena finds herself entangled in the middle of conspiracy that may uncover the truth behind a lot of unanswered questions, and she may be the key to figuring out what is really going on in Ixia and why certain people are acting so strange.
With her heart and soul captured by someone she thought was the enemy, and finding friends and unlikely allies in people she thought were foes, Yelena discovers anything is possible, and with the right people, anything is unstoppable...
POISON STUDY was an EPIC thrilling read that didn't let up until the last page. It was full of pure awesomeness that I absorbed and craved more of. I definitely will be putting Maria V. Snyder on auto-buy from this day forward, and look forward to reading more of her creations in worlds of magic, mystery, betrayals, romance and love. She captured my heart and enticed my soul into becoming a dedicated loyal fan until the very end!!
Overall, if you want a heart-pounding, soul touching, book craving, hands shaking type of read, with an enchanting world and unforgettable characters, then POISON STUDY needs to be your next read, trust me, it will NOT DISAPPOINT!!!
5 Blazing Bone Hearts