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)
This book pulled me in like few books have done. I think much of the credit goes to the narrator Gabra Zackman. It's rare that a person has such a gift at storytelling that they can give voices and life to such a variety of characters.
I was a little concerned with the book's category "Romance"; I really don't think it's much of a romance. I consider it a fantasy in league with Harry Potter and Eragon (the Inheritance Trilogy). The unlikely hero discovers he (or she) has amazing powers and must find the strength within themselves to thwart the murder plots of the bad guys.
This book was so intertaining I hardly noticed the 10 1/2 hours go by. It's simply entrancing.
I do love a good "hero-in-training" fantasy novel! This book was a ton of fun to listen to, and I loved the narrator--she had good voices for everyone, although the accents did seem to vary a lot in one country--a british accent for Valek, an American one for the Commander, and a russian/slavic accent for the main antagonist (sorry, not going to try and spell the name that I've only heard :-)) Good twists, fun characters, and a strong heroine that I enjoy hearing about. I'm in the middle of Magic Study, and I just looked up the next book and I am disappointed it won't be out until March 2008. This is a great book in the style of Robin Hobb, but not quite as dark. Keep writing, Ms. Snyder!
I have listened to many books on Audible now. I was prepared to like this book a lot from ratings on Audible and reviews of Text book on Amazon. However, I found the narration so weak that it was hard to complete the first major part of the first book. Two specifics: 1) In contrast to a book marvelously narrated such as the Other Boleyn Sister, the narrator here is competent but not somehow right for this kind of deeper drama. Her voice and inflections seem all too American, and casual American at that (I am an American, so not dissing my own culture). Her voice does not seem believable to me as the voice of the heroine. 2) About the book itself. The writing and depth of details or nuance, and style of self-reflection in comments just did not see believable. So, between the actual words the writer uses and the narrator's voice quality itself, I could not get into the story. Perhaps it's working a lot better for others. I'd listen fully to the sample before buying it.
What a ride! This book has it all- intrigue, suspense, romance(tame),a nd magic. My husband and I thorougly enjoyed it and I even allowed my kids to listen to parts (the lang makes it a bit much). This was my first book by this author and I will look for more.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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