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Poison Study | [Maria V. Snyder]

Poison Study

About 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 Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.
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Publisher's Summary

Choose: A quick death...or slow poison.

About 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 Ixia.

And 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 poison.

As Yelena 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 clear.

Don't miss Magic Study, the sequel to Poison Study.

©2005 Maria V. Snyder
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"Riveting fantasy that unites the intelligent political focus of George R.R. Martin with a subtle yet potent romance....The first in a series, this is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael Chesterland , OH, USA 07-21-06
    Michael Chesterland , OH, USA 07-21-06
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    "When's the sequel?"

    Can't wait for the next installment. Imaginative, well written. A bit of Stockholm syndrome, but you buy it. This is a good book to listen to, well read, good voices. I can't wait until the next one arrives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Oxnard, CA, USA 05-20-06
    Victoria Oxnard, CA, USA 05-20-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Unique Story Line"

    The story of Yelena and Valec in Ixia is very different from anything I've read. The verbal pictures were vivid. It made me find "listening" activities (i.e. quilting & housework)to do so I could keep busy and not feel guilty. I would have sat through the entire book in 1 sitting given the chance. The ending, unexpected, was satisfying. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel - Magic Study - coing out this fall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Las Vegas, NV, USA 04-22-06
    Kristin Las Vegas, NV, USA 04-22-06
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    "Wonderful & different"

    Not "an in your face" romance, but very original. I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Heather Kamloops, BC, Canada 03-13-06
    Heather Kamloops, BC, Canada 03-13-06
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    "Hooked by Chapter One"

    This was my first Audible selection and wow...I was so hooked by this book. The narrator has such a perfect voice for suspenseful writing and flowing imagery...and the author couldn't have written it better. I was so entranced I actually snuck my headphones into my cubicle at work because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next! I hope the author continues this character's story...so impressed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Orem, UT, USA 12-14-05
    David Orem, UT, USA 12-14-05 Member Since 2015
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    "A great surprise"

    I listened to this on the recommendation of a co-worker and was greatly surprised by the quality of both the story and the narration. While obviously the incomplete first part of a longer story it is able to draw a listener into the story and avoids the "molten lead burning through veins" and "turgid body parts" of much romance. Listen to it for the fantasy and accept the romance as a surprising sideline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Visalia, CA, USA 11-22-05
    Karen Visalia, CA, USA 11-22-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Poison Study"

    WOW!! A great story with magic and intrigue that will keep you listening way past your bedtime.
    Great reader also.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Harrison Dallas 09-25-09
    Rhonda Harrison Dallas 09-25-09 Member Since 2010

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    "No 5*s here"

    Great story idea, enjoyable characters. I would even have been interested in hearing further books in the story BUT the incongruous use of modern terms mixed with the historic setting made the story more laughable at times than believable. Oh, and if you enjoy watching Barbie movies you'll enjoy the narration along with the mysterious princess melody played before each chapter.

    I was pleased that there was a love interest but not an all out description of a love scene. If I want explicit details I generally prefer not to get them during my morning/evening commute.

    Not to give anything away, but under no circumstance would I ever entertain a tryst in a dungeon cell crawling with rats, littered with critter feces and dirty straw. I guess I've never been quite that enamored.

    All in all, if you have a ton of credits to use up before they expire, the book is worth a listen. I would not recommend paying full price. It did make passing time on a few rainy days pleasurable.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mobilis Dundurn, SK, Canada 09-15-09
    Mobilis Dundurn, SK, Canada 09-15-09
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    "It's ok, but..."

    I read all kinds of sf and fantasy books, as well as mysteries, thrillers, horror, etc.

    When I read books that are set in a time and place where swords and daggers are normal weapons, and horses are used for transportation, and people live in castles, I don't expect to read about how things smelled like disinfectant, or about how superglue is used to close a wound, or how sleeping pills are administered.

    In short, I enjoyed the premise of this book, but I didn't enjoy some of the cross-genre wording. It made the book feel kind of slapdash, as though no editing was done.

    I don't think the book was a complete waste of credits, but I'm not sure that I'll bother with any of the other books in the series.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mark J. Carroll USA 01-04-06
    Mark J. Carroll USA 01-04-06 Member Since 2014
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    "I found other things to do"

    This is not a badly written book. The characters are believable and the story is not too bad. I found that there was just too little to convince me to listen. Normally I am glued to my headphones but not this time. The story is a little slow but flows well with a definite feminine writing style.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. Wing Redlands, CA United States 09-28-08
    K. Wing Redlands, CA United States 09-28-08

    I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.

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    "Very boring"

    I bought this book and Magic Study because they were on sale - I'm really glad I didn't spend much money on them.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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