Book Review – Poison Study

Title: Poison Study (Study Series #1)

Author: Maria V. Snyder


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 a

nd 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…

Rating: 5 stars

Review: This review is so long overdue, since I absolutely love this book – scratch that, actually, I love the whole series, but for the moment, lets just focus on reviewing this book.


Yelena has been arrested for murdering a general’s son (in my opinion, he really deserved it), and is set to hang for it, but then she’s given the chance to live – for an indefinite period of time though.

“A fool would refuse the job.” My voice rasped louder this time.

“What shall I tell the executioner?” Valek asked.

“I am not a fool.”

First, lets talk about Valek himself. The fandom’s general consensus seems to be that Tom Hiddleston is the perfect Valek, and I’m inclined to agree. He’s tough on the outside, and on a lot of the inner layers, but he really has a heart of gold and he’s loyal, and….eep. I just love him so so much, and I fangirl so much when I think about him. Lets move on and do some actual reviewing.
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The whole book is action-packed from start to finish, and you’ll be pulled in from the very first page. There is romance in it, but the romance isn’t the main focus of the book, which I absolutely love. You can have a gripping book without a whole load of romance in there as well.
I have re-read these books so many times over the last year, and I think that I read all three Study books in like half a week the first time. I think this series is so underrated, and more people should be reading it. If you like magic, and action, and a hot, sexy assassin, then this is a book you should be picking up right now.

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