Book Review : Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

"Living is a risk. Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a risk. To survive is to know you're taking that risk and to not gt out of bed clutching illusions of safety."

Magic Study (Study #2)
Magic Study (Study #2) by
Paperback, 443 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Mira
Available at: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Yelena is on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago. Although she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better. Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magical training. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince, and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians. If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with her new enemies.

Aik's Review
Things get more interesting in Magic Study as Yelena Zaltana returns to her homeland in search for her long-lost family. Her parents are happy and relieved to get her back, but her brother seems to be bitter and unwelcoming.

In this book, she encounters more troubles and embarks on more exciting adventures in an attempt to prove that she is not a spy from Ixia and also to capture an inhumane murderer who has killed eleven girls in his quest to gain strong, unbeatable magic power.

This is another one of Maria V. Snyder's books that I highly recommend. But make sure you read the first book before reading this one so that you have a better understanding of Yelena's journey.

Note: The author slightly mentioned about a rape scene and one about Yelena sleeping together with Valek, but there are no detailed descriptions.

Rating: 5

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Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder
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About The Author
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.

1 creative remarks:

Heather said...

Wow, stolen, she had me totally sucked in right there. And what an amazing cover! Love it! This one is going on my to buy list.