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Magic Study | [Maria V. Snyder]

Magic Study

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....
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Publisher's Summary

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better.

Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training, especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince, and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.

If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies.

Magic Study is the sequel to Poison Study and our Editors' Pick for Romance. Find out what else made Audible's Best of 2006 list.

©2006 Maria V. Snyder; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
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

"Family betrayal, a power-mad serial killer, and a potential diplomatic crisis threaten the independent-minded heroine of Snyder's fine sequel to Poison Study....Snyder's lively, charming mix of romance and fantasy is sure to gain her new fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kestrel Oregon 11-13-06
    Kestrel Oregon 11-13-06 Member Since 2006
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    "As good as Poison Study, perhaps better"

    Please tell me there is going to be third book in this series. The story is far from finished, and the end of this book is wide open for another whole story. We need to see Yelena in her new career, and I'm dying to see her take her heart's love to meet her family.

    As with Poison Study, the first book in the series, I had a hard time getting out of the car at the end of my commute because I wanted to hear more of the story. Maria Snyder has created a set of fully-realized characters and a twisting plot that remains unpredictable all the way to the end. More! I want more!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    cmclien Illinois 10-24-06
    cmclien Illinois 10-24-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the sequel"

    I would highly recommend this book if you like fantasy. This was a great sequel, I think maybe even better then Poison Study, though I might feel that way because I started this book already attached to the characters. I listened to this book every free moment I had. The twists and turns kept me guessing and intrigued. Gabra Zackman was a great narrator. I'm looking forward to the 3rd "Study" book which according to the authors website is due out in 2008.
    I would recommend anyone wanting to try this book to get the first book (Poison Study) first because you need the history of the characters to really appreciate Magic Study.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-08-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-08-09 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "The bad point... wait there isn't one!"

    I bought Poison Study (first in the series) last year when the trilogy was on sale and am now mad at myself for not buying the whole trilogy at that time. I always have about 10 audiobooks in my library that I haven't listened to yet and I go through them in order of purchase... I listened to Poison Study two weeks ago and instead of going to the next in my list, I bought Magic Study.

    And now I still have my 10 unlistened books and am going to go buy Fire Study...

    The narrator is fantastic. The story is engaging and unpredictable. You care about the characters and want things to work out for them. It is a fantasy series with a female protagonist written with adults in mind and yet there is no obscenity or graphic sex.

    Perfect.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Arnold South Jordan, UT, USA 03-07-08
    Arnold South Jordan, UT, USA 03-07-08
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    "Magic Study"

    I was first introduced to Maria Snyder via "Poison Study", which was so far afield from my normal fare of suspense, mystery and intrigue; but those elements were all there residing in a tale of fantasy.
    Then when "Magic Study" became available I was curious to see how it developed. Wow!
    I just purchased, "Fire Study" becasuse I am hooked!
    Fantasy is not my fare, but these three books have enlarged my audio entertainment vista and I recommend them without hesitation.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Justyna west hartford, CT, United States 03-26-07
    Justyna west hartford, CT, United States 03-26-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Waiting for third!"

    Great Sequel. Good blend of fantasy and suspense, with a little bit of romance (not a mushy romance novel, nothing to give you cavities). Great characters. Good, easy, fun book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-10-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Worthy listen"

    This story kept me listening and was a good follow up to The Poison Study. What made it all the better was the excellent narrator, Gabra Zackman. I am usually not a fan of fantasy, but I believe I could enjoy any story narrated by her, with her beautiful voice and easily distinguished characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lupdilup Ocean Springs 11-17-11
    Lupdilup Ocean Springs 11-17-11 Member Since 2009

    A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown away.

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    "Great follow-up!!"

    4.1/2 stars, great follow-up to this fantastic series, new intrigues,new twist and turns, new bad and good characters, and the romance! aww! even though is not as steamy as I normally like, still very believable, heart-felt and hot and a whole new way.
    I truly enjoyed it.
    The narration is just superb! Gebra Zackman does a terrific job bringing this books to life with the perfect tone, pace and very accurate interpretation of the characters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda SIMI VALLEY, CA, United States 08-14-07
    Linda SIMI VALLEY, CA, United States 08-14-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Absorbing story, great reader"

    This is the best of so-called fantasy fiction: a story that could be happenening here and now but with a twist, similar to Harry Potter. Like Harry, the main character is different from the others, trying to fit in and remain safe while learning to recognize and control her magic powers. The reader presents the characters in a crisp, straightforward way, not relying on fake accents.

    I recommend that you read the previous book, "Poison Study" first, for the full background of this story line.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon New Orleans, LA United States 02-20-07
    Sharon New Orleans, LA United States 02-20-07
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    "Addictive pleasure??"

    The main character, Yelena, is so engaging and so endangered that I blew through this book in 2 days, even though I like to ration my audio books. Now I have to have the next book, Magic Study, to find out whether Yelena manages to land on her feet again. Her attitude reminds me a bit of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris' books -- never give up, and rarely give up the last word.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    AJ 04-06-09
    AJ 04-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "very good"

    Very pleased with all aspects of story and production. I have listened to it multiple times and have the rest in the series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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