Poison Study by 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 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.  Goodreads.com


This is one of those books that has been on my “to buy” list for years now and for some reason or another I never picked it up.  A couple of weeks ago I finally took the plunge and bought the ebook version and I am so happy I did. Though this book is being advertised as YA Fantasy I am really unsure as to where this book falls in relation to genres, I personally think it fits more in the NA genre based on some of the graphic content and sensitive subjects covered.  This book ticked all of the boxes that I was looking for a in a YA/NA/Adult fantasy read recently. Good plot, interesting characters, fantastic romance and a gritty undertone.

The main character Yelena is a fantastic female protagonist, she is a badass without it being unrealistic and as you learn more about her history throughout the book you get a realistic picture of how she became the way she is. The flash back scenes covering her torture before her imprisonment were so dark, gritty  and very well done. Snyder managed to take some very sensitive subjects such as sexual humiliation and rape and didn’t make them feel cheap, she showed the true effect that these horrific acts can have on a person’s mental state and for that I applaud her.

Valek, I loved his character. For one he isn’t a 18/19 year old who is in a post that is far too advanced for his age like we seem to always get in these types of books, instead he is an early 30 something man who is the Commnander’s head of security. ( A realistic post for his age) He is a very cold character but also very well rounded and well developed over the story.

The romance of this book was beautiful, I loved how it wasn’t “love at first sight” their attraction grew over time again making the story more realistic.

Although I have to say the stand out in this book was the plot, the author did a fantastic job of creating a very well layered story that kept had twist and turns in all the right places. The book is well paced and again going back to this book feeling realistic the story is set over a significant period of time.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to find out what happens in book two.

Miss Quinny Rating 4 Stars (4 / 5)

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