Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
I was pretty happy with the conclusion to this series. You learn what the power source really is, some traitors are rooted out, more action adventure, and our heroine gets even more powerful. The world the author created is pretty unique and I found the story engaging. She is constantly rushing off into more dangerous situations just like the past book. That's kinda lame but it's an extremely common in books I've read. Plus you can understand, when everyone else delays rescue, she is a woman of action. I like that she usually saves her own butt.
The negative is that she recaps more than needed. She recaps from the previous books, which is fine. But she keeps doing it, which makes you wonder if she wrote the book not chronologically. My complaint about the series is that there's way too many stock characters. Her close friends and parents are annoying stock. My issue with the audio version is that the talking horses stuff was annoying. I guess their personality annoyed me and put into a voice made it worse!
While I didn't find book 3 as exciting as 1 and 2, I still thought it was wonderful. Maria V. Snyder did a great job rounding out Yelena's personal development. I liked how, through the series, she relied less and less on Valek and others for help (not because she was too good for them, but because she was stronger). This book really showcases Yelena coming into her own.
I still had the same issue I had with book 2 though. Since I immediately jumped into book 3, I found I got restless and impatient when storylines from books 1 and 2 had to be re-explained for readers who may not have read the prior books or who may have forgotten details. But honestly, by book 3, I was so over hearing recaps. I wish the author recapped with subtle reflections or memory flashbacks, instead of constantly having to re-tell past events.
Also, I did figure out the villain from the start though (actually from book 2), but I'd chock that up more to the fact that I'm not easily surprised and tend to figure out endings early on; not due to a failure of the author's. There were still plenty of other mysteries I had to discover.
Despite these small issues, the book over all was amazing! I really, really want another book now!
For those of you, like me, who want more, though...I did find that the author had written a few short stories about Yelena and Valeck (one follows book 3). You can find them on her website. Just Google her name.
From the very beginning this book was packed with action words and words not often used in my daily vocabulary which made it even more interesting. The story captured my attention from beginning to end.
As a finishing novel its ok, not as fantastic as the first... or even the second. Its satisfying enough and has Valak which is enough for me. Worth the credit to finish the series for sure.
I love this series. I am not usually science fiction person but the characters' interactions and involvements really keep me in suspense. The first book was the best for me but all of them hold their own although need to be read in the order written.
I love the characters in this world she has created for us to enjoy. I know it is probably not everyone's "cup of tea", but I have really gotten into them. I hope she continues with the series from Yelena's point of view.I'll be listening to these over and over. I like too that these would be suitable for teenagers to enjoy. I have enjoyed the narrator. I think this is the first time I have listened to Gabra Zackman. Well done!!
After reading reviews and some of the internet buzz, this was a real letdown. This is not the place to start with this series because the complex and eye-glazing infodump, well, dumped on the reader/listener is clumsy at best. This book struck me as much more appropriate for the young adult fantasy reader than for a reader browsing "romance." I thought it was silly, pretentious, and the prose overblown. Reader Gabra Zackman, though, is my favorite and she made it as palatable as possible.
I really liked Poison Study, this one lost something, I think. I wasn't actually able to finish listening to it, it seemed to go on and on without getting anywhere.
I have read all three Study novels
This was a great ending to the trilogy. all the characters were great
Read all three Poison Study, Magic Study and this one Fire Study