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Maria V. Snyder
Choose: a quick death… or slow poison…Locked deep in the palace dungeon for killing her abuser, Yelena knows she’ll never be free again. The laws in Ixia are strict, and murderers must be executed, no matter the reason. But just as she’s resigned herself to her fate, she’s offered an extraordinary reprieve.As the food taster, Yelena will eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace — and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. To make matters worse, the chief of security 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 in order to survive, she must unravel the secrets behind the past she’s been running from.Previously published.The Chronicles of Ixia Series by Maria V SnyderBook One: Poison StudyBook Two: Magic StudyBook Three: Fire StudyBook Four: Storm GlassBook Five: Sea GlassBook Six: Spy GlassBook Seven: Shadow StudyBook Eight: Night StudyBook Nine: Dawn Study
Maria V. Snyder
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"im torn because i did really enjoy this but my expectations for it with through the roof so i was a little disappointed. maybe thats on me, but i had heard such good things about this book that i thought it would be a new favorite. the best thing about it was the characters and i LOVED the love interest. i wish the magic in this had more depth to it like i feel the fantasy elements were lacking. it seems like this might be explored more in the second book, but i don't know if that fully excuses it. also, i was very confused on how we are supposed to view the society she lives in like clearly it's an awful place to live but the MC says weirdly positive things about it even though they literally kill her people?? there was definitely some transphobia in this book that came out of nowhere like why did the author feel the need to make that a plot point yikes. i also feel like this book shouldn't be classified as YA with how much rape and torture is discussed. i mean i've read some dark stuff in YA before, but I don't think I'd be super comfortable recommending this to that audience."
"<strong>I was hooked</strong><br/><br/>I really enjoyed this story. It took me a little bit to become interested but once I did I couldn’t put it down. The first 10% was a bit boring to me but I understand it needs a solid start and it is a series so information overload is bound to happen. However, all of that stopped and the book became very interesting. I will say it does read like a VA so if you’re not into those then this isn’t for you. While the beginning was slow and it read like a VA it was still a great read. The characters were interesting and Yelena was strong but also soft. I couldn’t put the book down once it took off. The only part I didn’t like was the ending. It ended fine and it wasn’t a cliffhanger but it did end abruptly to me. With all the detail throughout the book the ending didn’t fit. I still enjoyed it I just wished for more detail at the end."
"I am reading and liking the Queens Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz. The sequel just came out so we-reading it before the second "
"Slightly more adult themed but having read this at 15, I feel that it could be considered a YA. That being said- ITS A MUST FOR ANY COLLECTION!! Murderous intrigue, magic, poison testing, exotic lands, forbidden romance and the start to a fantastic series! Definitely a darker themed adventure, but don't let that deter you! #poison #magick_studies #magic #murder #fantasy_and_magic "