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.
"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)
Must read this book first and then enjoy the rest. I loved the series and looking forward to the next book. It is wonderful that this author can write a series but each book can stand alone.
I won't lie it took time to get into but then I fell in love!!!! It was awesome!!! And the other books in the series I loved too, though not as good as the first. I've listened to it 4 times!
I'm sorry, but I thought this was one of the corniest books I've listened to in a long time. I liked the premise, though, so I kept listening, hoping it would get better. It didn't.
The plot was boring and predictable. The characters were flat and cliched with no (or erratic) development. The narrator, while somewhat pleasing to listen to in her primary voice, made the male characters sound ridiculous! I won't be reading the next book... I'm glad I only paid $4!
boooorrrrriiinnggg, the author and reader where trying to put me to sleep. I plot was too trasparent and the reader's voice to monotonous. the few character voices she did were laughable, especially her (deep) male voice, which if the commander really did talk like, would have had nobody fooled- you'd understand if you read it. anyhow, it was on sale for 4$ so I guess I'll stop complaining
At first I found the storyline to be bland and the characters blander...the narrative seemed flat...but I did like the book better toward the second half as it did pick up. I do believe the character development needed improvement but the unique tale kept me interested. This is book one of three, I listened to the other two after this and the author does improve and grow, which I appreciated hearing and witnessing!
Should have listened to Untateve! Gotta remember that!
Two dimensional characters who think/talk like they have a room temperature IQ and plot a blind man could see a mile away. Not only did I not care about the characters, I found myself looking forward to their deaths. However, for this book to be worth what I paid for it would be that ALL the characters die horrible deaths. No such luck.
Geez Louis! Books like these should offer a refund for being so bad or at least an anti-nausea potient
Oh well, back to listening to Outlander for the umpteenth time. How much longer can it take Gabaldon to write another book about Jamie ???
I thought this was a fantastic book- full of adventure, excitment, and danger with a touch of magic and romance. I finished listening to it last night and I'm downloading the sequal right now!
I would highly recommend this to any woman who has a warrior adventurer hidden inside her. The prose is somewhat stumbling at times (a breeze smelling as fresh as "expensive perfume'??) but the story is satsifying and engaging. I downloaded the 2nd book in the middle of this one, knowing I would be wanting it right away.
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