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kindle ✓ Poison Study Paperback É Choose A uick death or slow poisonAbout 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 IxiaAnd so Yelena chooses to become a food taster But the chief of security leavingChoose A uick death or slow poisonAbout 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 IxiaAnd I finished this book on Friday and I took all weekend to decide what I wanted to say in my review Let me start by saying that Poison Study is written in a very elemental fashion If you are a reader who likes flowery descriptive writing this might throw you for a loop initially The story is told inelaborately and there is no hesitation in describing the ugliness of Yelena's situation When I met Yelena she was taken out of her prison cell where she had languished for the better part of a year and was prepared to meet the executioner I can't say I've read too many books that started this way I was hooked right then and there Instead of seeing Yelena get executed she is taken to the office of the man who will cause a profound change in her life Valek Yelena was offered the opportunity to escape a uick execution She could undertake the training as a food taster which was not without risk and if she survived she would spend her life risking death on a regular basis Typically the life of a food taster is very short But it's a lot longer than instant death Yelena thought things through and decided she'd rather take her chances as a food tasterFrom the beginning I was interested in Yelena's story She was a young woman who had ended up in a very dire situation not all of her making but was willing to own up to the life she'd taken She never made excuses for her actions although the reasons were valid With the murder she committed she felt as though her soul had been lost And yet some part of her refused to give up This book brings to mind the aphorism that Justice is Blind More and I wonder if justice really should be blind Those who enforce the law make their verdicts on cases based on the evidence presented Yet they don't always consider the underlying reasons why a person commits a crime In the eyes of an omniscient diety this makes perfect sense because that Supreme Being sees all things But humans don't have that all seeing perception Is it fair for a woman to be sentenced to death for trying to protect herself and her loved ones for killing a man who brutally tortured and raped her? According to the strict laws of Ixia murder outside of war is considered a capital offense From the moment that Yelena took the life of the son of General Brazell her life was forfeit I believe in second chances I just do I know that we all fall and fail and while I think some crimes are extremely heinous I cannot let go of my belief that everyone deserves the right to make amends I was happy that Valek gave Yelena the opportunity to live Yet Yelena will face trials with her second chance And she is put in a position to save the Commander who she serves as food taster and to prevent Ixia from falling prey to a conspiracy that involves key members of the governmentPoison Study was a very readable fascinating enjoyable adventure I loved seeing Yelena come into her own It was clear that she'd always been a strong person and her strength of character and will is what allowed herself to emerge from the fires that had potential to destroy her Instead she was honed by those fires and made stronger I'm not very good at political stuff I have my own way of looking at things and it makes my interpretation of political stances parties affiliations and governmental structures very against type I think it was interesting to see the inner workings of the system that the Commander had set up through Yelena's eyes In many ways going from a monarchy to what appeared to be a dictatorship was an improvement However there were many restrictions imposed on the people as a result of that same government Opportunities were open that weren't before The government was set up to encourage fairness and to discourage waste The downside was anytime you have people in a system it's going to be flawed because people are flawed So this system was not perfect Through Yelena's eyes I was able to see this all playing out I started this review by saying that this book was written with a simple use of language I found that this narrative style was a bit deceptive You might think this story is basic on first glance but that's far from the truth There is a lot going on here I liked that Ms Snyder left it up to the reader to interpret the events through her own eyes I like how she slowly reveals aspects of the characters until the fullest picture comes to mind That was the best way to write about a character like Valek When he comes on the scene he doesn't seem that grand He seems like a puppet in the political structure of Ixia But if I had continued to see him that way I would have been missing out on a lot You see Valek is not the puppet He's the puppetmaster He is an extremely intelligent and cunning spymaster a swordsman without eual and a deadly assassin He's so matter of fact and without flare so you don't see him truly unless you look deeper He holds his allegiance to Commander Ambrose very sacredly but that doesn't mean he doesn't always agree with the rules that the Commander has instituted That he cannot see justice done in his own way Through Yelena's eyes we see how the perception of Valek expands to show who and what he really is I fell in love with him as Yelena didI'm a romantic at heart and I will always be I loved the burgeoning relationship between Yelena and Valek How they slowly worked their way into each others' hearts through proximity and the fact that they saw something in each other that resulted in an irresistible draw to each other It's clear from the beginning through the eyes of others around Yelena and Valek and through Valek's actions that he cherishes Yelena It's a subtle but at the same time pretty obvious thing In my opinion it took a lot of writing skill to convey this to the reader and Ms Snyder did an excellent jobPoison Study was a grand adventure in the style of the classic adventure novels The fight scenes are well written and the danger elements are exciting and involving Being Yelena is a dangerous proposition because Brazell is determined to see her dead for killing his son and continually uses underhanded methods to do it Also because she lives in dangerous times and in an environment fraught with intrigue I liked that Valek saved Yelena several times because it showed the intensity of his regard for her but I also liked that many other times Yelena was able to save herself through her intelligence uick thinking and through her developing skills at self defense Yelena views herself as a small person in the scheme of things but she had an important role in preventing a very ugly conspiracy from coming to fruition She effects change by doing what she feels is right and because of that she gains the respect of those who had previously viewed her as a cold blooded murderess Her actions don't occur in a vacuum and they often result in helpingprotecting others in various ways The fantastic elements are subtle but integral I liked how Yelena's magic was instrinsic to her a part of her that was dormant emerging when she needs it I loved seeing her become a capable and deadly fighter She hates the idea of killing but killing is necessary in the dangerous world she lives in She had to come to realize this or she couldn't love Valek a man who kills for a living and must do it without letting remorse weigh him downPoison Study was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed Like many unexpected favorites it snuck in there on me But when I finished this book I had a big smile on my face

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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 poisonAs Yel It's a dirty way to fight but I'm late for lunch Initial Final Page ThoughtsI think I’m broken why didn’t I love this one? High PointsThe premise Poisons The setting The baddies The magic Valek Close combat Acrobatics Fire festivals Valek without his shirt on Ari Janco Maren Tree climbing Chocolate Delicious food Kick ass ladies Secret Valek without his shirtin a pile of hay Low PointsThe narration I know Yelena is supposed to be educated but I found it difficult to believe she would casually throw words like “mucilaginous” into conversation I don’t know The found the dialogue jarring and inconsistent One minute we’d be all britches and monarchy and then the next we’d be in “funks” Yelena we’re not in AFP waters not at all But well meh see heroine Bad haircuts Come on there’s only so much my imagination can handle Black shoulder length ringlets? A shaved head except the fringe? NOOOOO HeroineOh Yelena what am I going to do with you? I’m not sure what it was because on paper you are brilliant You have a past and you don’t go on and on about it You can hold your own in a world run by men You show restraint by not immediately disrobing when Valek glides into the room You have a strong stomach You can do acrobatics You get your Katniss on while you’re scrambling around in treesBut I just didn’t connect I’m sorry I wanted to be best friends and I thought we would be Maybe it’s just meAnd even though I know it didn’t work out between us I want you to know that I care about your well being Which is why I’m suggesting you should go and get yourself checked out because to my knowledge girls should not buzz like a bumble bee Love InterestNow we’re talking Valek Mmmmhmmm A cheeky haircut and you would be perfect Strong and silent and artistic oh and yeah an assassin It’s like Ms Snyder read my diary or something I was tempted to place you in a ‘Hero’ section Valek but I stopped myself because at the moment you are still in the love interest zone I would like to have had interactions between you and Yelena because there was definitely room for swooning Yeah you had some moments flutterbies aww but other than that I was kind of underwhelmedBaddiesI’m pretty sure the baddies in this were sponsored by Hamlet And would definitely be placed in Slytherin if they attended Hogwarts They already have the uniformTheme TuneI always find it difficult to find songs for historical fiction because they never seem to fit with the subject matterEXCEPT THIS ONEPoison by The ProdigyWhat?If you disagree imagine it sung by an artist such as Agnes Obel or Laura Marling If you agree rave on my dears rave on like it’s 1995 As I am doing right now Sadness Scale510 There were some sections that were extremely harrowing and I loved how Snyder dealt with these with subtlety because it really left a lasting impression especially concerning Yelena’s past Sorry for the vagueness spoilers ‘n’ all Recommended ForPeople who love historicalfantasy fiction People who would uite happily munch chocolate all day even if there was a risk of dying an agonising death People who wish Laura Marling would cover every Prodigy song You can read this review and lots of other stuff on my blog here

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Poison StudyEna 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 clea I loved this book I loved the heroine; stubborn tenacious determined I loved the world that Snyder created I loved loved loved the main love interest Valek Dark stoic assassin? Check Me swooning throughout the whole book because I have a thing for assassins? Check Yeah I know I need to have my head examinedBut the relationship between Yelena and Valek was only part of this wonderful story The detail put into the poisons was facinating The entire world was facinating I literally picked this book up and did not put it down until that evening when I finished it I'm going to get the next books Magic Study and Fire Study as soon as possible Bravo to Maria Snyder for this wonderful novel