Book Description: 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.
About the Author: Maria V. Snyder has been writing fiction and nonfiction since 1995. She has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers. Poison Study is her first published novel.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria earned a bachelor of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. She discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. Her research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study. Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. She lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow Lab in Pennsylvania. Readers are welcome to contact Maria by e-mail at maria@mariavsnyder.
Here's What I Think: ***SPOILER ALERT*** If you have yet to read the first in this series, I may review something that gives away the first story*** Now that Yelana has discovered who she is, she decided to go back to her roots, only to find a very disjointed reunion. Her parents are ecstatic while her brother is very unhappy with her return. It is not until she learns the whys wheres and hows of her abduction as a child that she truly understands the family dynamic. And of course this book is full of the sexiest assassin ever - VALEK! Man alive it is amazing what happens when an author leaves so much to the imagination. But let me tell you, you will find this book in the young adult section only because it is not graphic or vulgar not because it is not sensual and romantic. Synder has a way with words that immerses you in this fictional world, allowing you to totally forget that it's not real. Here is my review of the first book in the Study Series - Poison Study
Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated to publish this post. I purchased this book on my own.