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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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    Lisa Rochester, NY, United States 09-14-09
    Lisa Rochester, NY, United States 09-14-09
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    "Wonderful and different!!"

    This book was very good! Good character development. Excellent!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaysylynn Wolfeboro, NH, United States 06-25-09
    Kaysylynn Wolfeboro, NH, United States 06-25-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Wonderful!"

    The entire series was recommended to me, so I thought I would at least try the first book. It was amazing! I didn't want to hit pause/stop and listened every chance I had.

    Going to download the second book now!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Z 12-04-08
    Sally Z 12-04-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Poison Study - Study something else!"

    Thoroughly disappointing, plotless and with two dimensional characters, I'm sorry to say I also found this book vague and pointless. It was rather upsetting to realize that not one, but all three of these books - Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study each follow in the other's footsteps and go nowhere. Nothing to do but dump them from my library!

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joie California 06-27-07
    Joie California 06-27-07 Member Since 2007

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    "Magic?"

    Fantasy worlds that blur the lines of good and evil with a suspense filled plot with lots of twists and turns and a few surprizes. The story left me wanting to read the next installment to find out what happens next.

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    Heidi killeen, TX, USA 06-07-07
    Heidi killeen, TX, USA 06-07-07
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    "Heidi"

    This audible takes hold of your mind for days after you finish it. Gabra Zachman truely grab the soul of each charactor. I find myself going on 4 time with both books "magic study & poison study" with great delight each time I fall in the the brillant story line. This is truely a series that wont disappoint. Heidi Quintana Killeen Tx

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 04-25-07
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 04-25-07 Member Since 2006

    Born to read

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    "enjoyed this book"

    I really enjoyed this book. it was interesting world and the charaters are very good

    looking forward to reading Magic study which will be more about the adventures

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    Amazon Customer Kalispell, MT 02-09-07
    Amazon Customer Kalispell, MT 02-09-07 Member Since 2005
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    "I liked her spirit"

    Yelena overcame all odds to vanquish the evil magician/kidnapper.

    You like all the good guys and hate all the bad guys. It works.

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    Melissa Lynchburg, VA, USA 12-20-06
    Melissa Lynchburg, VA, USA 12-20-06
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    "Don't waste your credit..."

    I must say I was highly disappointed with this book. The main character seemed unreal, and I couldn't connect with her. The story line was weak and lacked depth. The narrator of the book was bland and not believable for supporting characters. The sequel to Poison Study is on Audible's "Best of 2006"...so maybe this is just me! Before listening to Poison Study, I had just finished Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, which was so WONDERFUL. It was like going from a delicious, juicy T-Bone steak to a Wendy's .99 cent Jr Bacon Cheese Burger...it just doesn't compare!

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    Allison Cary, IL, United States 01-20-06
    Allison Cary, IL, United States 01-20-06
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    "Not my usual listen"

    I was pleasantly suprised by this book. I thought the narrator did an excellent job and the story was interesting and kept me listening! The sequel comes out in the fall, and I'll be looking for it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Irmo, SC, USA 11-20-09
    Timothy Irmo, SC, USA 11-20-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Poorly written settings"

    Lots of blah adjectives, very predictable, not quality writing at all.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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