Book Review : Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Product Details
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327110
  • Available on Amazon / Barnes & Noble
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....
I simply cannot express how much I love this masterpiece. Thrilling and suspenseful, this novel keeps readers guessing what will happen in the next chapter. It infuses me with anticipation and fear for the main character, Yelena, who seems to be facing a lot of trouble and perils, with herself at the center of them all. I prayed for her survival, and was curious how would she solve the problems.

Her handsome and strict mentor, Valek, is an assassin. Being a master of basic survival and combat, Valek possesses extraordinary wit and fighting skills. As the master-apprentice relationship between Yelena and Valek evolves into something more passionate, they also find out that one of the generals in the country is secretly planning a Coup d'├ętat to overthrow the current leader of the country --- the Commander.

As the story goes on, secrets are unveiled and hidden pasts rediscovered. I'm in awe of the author's excellent storytelling skills and her creativity in weaving such a wonderful story filled with twists and turns. Trust me, you must read this book - it's awesome!

Pros: Everything about this book is good, I can't wait to read book 2!
Cons: None that I can think of.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria V. Snyder attended 12 years of catholic school before going to Penn State University to study Meteorology. Earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology, Maria discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. She found employment in the environmental field as an air quality scientist, and it was during those years that she began writing. After writing many science fiction short stories, Maria started Poison Study, her first novel about a food taster.
Achievements of note for Poison Study include:

  • Won the 2006 Compton Crook Award for best debut novel from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society
  • Won the 2006 Reader's Choice Award from the Salt Lake County Library System
  • Won Cover Cafe's 2007 Cover Art Contest (Trade paperback edition)
  • Won Paperback of the Year from the Wirral Schools in the United Kingdom (

6 creative remarks:

Elodie said...

I've read this book a while ago and I loved it, I haven't read the second one though so I look forward to know what you thought about it !! Great review !!
Happy reading ;)

Shy said...

I am SUPER glad to hear that you also enjoyed this book. Her writing is pretty incredible and I've to say that I was hooked from the very first place. I am also looking forward to read the 2nd book in the series!

FairyWhispers said...

Marie V snyder,

she sounds so familiar...

Bethany Mattingly said...

Yay! I saw this book on another blog but it didn't have a review! Thanks for yours. Can't wait to pick it up :)

Aik said...

@Elodie & Shy: I don't have the second book right now, unfortunately, or else I'd devour it in one day!

@FairyWhispers: Maria V Snyder is also the author of Inside Out, Outside In, Storm Glass, Sea Glass, Spy Glass etc. Does any of these ring a bell?

@Bethany: I assure you that this book is awesome!

Beth said...

This is interesting. It's definitely fresh.