I read the Magic of Poison and new I had to read the second book. I was a little worried thinking how could they beat the first one. Well I was in for a shock. It was as good if not better than the first. I am now salivating for the next one. Waiting is aweful.
I can honestly say that the only draw back about this story or rather series is that it only has 2 books out. It was an extremly enjoyable book. I found myself listening to the book and unable to put it down. I normally only get books with my monthly credits, but after listening to poison study the book prior to this book, I had to purchase this book directly. I highly recommend this series to anyone. Lastly I hope that Maria is one of those gifted writers that is able to continously write book after book without long delays in between.
This was a great book. I loved Poison Study, so it was great to hear the story of Yelena continuing. It made my 1 hr commute seem almost enjoyable when I became immersed in the story. I often went to my car during my lunch hour to try and squeeze another chapter in. I can't wait for the next book!
I loved the first book - Poison Study - but this one left me cold. Story lacks depth. Narrator reads like she is reading a technical manual. I never felt compelled, enthralled, on the edge of my seat...it was more like, "Oh, now Yelena is in this mess, now she is in this one." I hope the author re-groups for the next book.
I loved these books. Everyone who reads them loves these books. But more important Maria Snyder (author) is the sweetest person. I wrote to her about Poison to tell her how great it was and she wrote back, 3 times! Then she had a contest to win the prerelease copies of Poison. We had to tell 5 people about the book and they had to email her. She wrote back to me and all 5 of my people with personalized messages and sent me the book. She is just a very thoughtful author when it comes to her readers. Email her. She will write back!
I really enjoyed this book, as much as Snyder's first, Poison Study. The characters added for this story are very well developed and you understand roles quickly. I encourage everyone to give this a listen -- Gabra Zachman is one of the better narrators I've listened to and I've listened to tons of books. I actually looked forward to my drive to/from work just so I could listen to more.
I'll go back and re-listen to these right before the next book comes out.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
Did not like this book as much as the first in the series Poison Study. This book was filled with fighting scenes which our hero always finds her way out of. She would then meet up with her boyfriend who constatly calls her "love" to the point of irritation; someone tries to kill our hero again, but she escapes at the last possible moment. Repeat sequence until the end of book. Yawn. She should have remained in the castle as a food taster, her life was much more interesting to listen to.
This book was wonderful. I listened to the entire book in one day..... I could not stop listening. Boy do I wish I had a guy like Valak by my side. Loved it!
There is a theme amongst the other reviewers and I must agree with several of them in that this book was not as good as the first one.
This book seemed to drag on with too much detail on mundane things and a lot of the elements that made Poison Study such an enjoyable read was not present in this book. In the last book, because Yelena was a prisoner in Poison Study, it made sense that she resorted to sly actions and relied on instincts to get her through various circumstances. However, in this book all of her old tactics came across as stupidity and immaturity as opposed to resourcefulness and bravery. She tackled a lot of things blindly and it was sheer luck and convenience that her friends were able to get her out of many a tight-squeeze.
There are more characters introduced in the series and there are also some interesting revelations. These things are what keeps me wanting to finish the series, however I'm not as anxious to get to the end of the trilogy as I was before.
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
There was some inconsistency with the accents that Zackman did for each character which, at times, made it hard to know who was talking. Overall her performance was alright in that it wasn't a huge distraction from the tale itself.