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.
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"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)
Very good story- the characters were constantly evolving as events progressed. Although I felt at times that everyone seemed to be extremely stubborn and that a lot of their choices were very selfish, I guess that's not that different than in real life. At times the novel was fairly bloody & graphic when it came to injuries and rape but I'm still interested in hearing the first book and the end of the trilogy.
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.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (fantasy) - Magic Study is Book 2 of the Soulfinders series. It picks up where Poison Study left off, so Yelena has moved from Ixia to Citia to reunite with her family and study magic. It has some violence, a bit of romance and lots of new characters. Her study of magic is interesting and the plot moves quickly, but I don't think it's anywhere near as good as Poison Study.
The book could probably stand alone, but you really should listen to them in order. It ends at a good stopping point, should you decide not to continue with the series.
PERFORMANCE - Very good job with multiple voices and accents. I didn't care for Yelena communicating mentally with her horse but, nevertheless, the narrator does a pretty good "horse voice."
OVERALL - Read Poison Study first. If you like it, then you might give this one a try as well. It wasn't a bad book, just not my cup of tea.
Gabra Zackman's narration, plus Maria Snyder's characters of Yalena, Valek, Irys, and more pull you into a web of intrigue, deception, murder, and magic. I listened to this book in 2 days. I want all of the Luna books on audiobook so I can knit, clean, etc. while listening.
Upon finishing my listen, I immediately went to the author's website to find out plans for more books. There is so much room for the author to expand even though she wraps up all the major plot points within the book. This is a rare gift in fantasy books today and Harlequin / Luna is to be commended for having series like this one coming from them.
Please, Harlequin, put more out on Audible!
Captivating, Suspenseful, Creative
Throne of Glass. Also very well written with an interesting story. There are so many YA stories popping up in the fantastical fiction (or sci-fi or after we tried to kill ourselves) genre that it takes an excellent writer along with an excellent story. Or you have to repetitively sex it up.
The narrator character's perspective. How she see her world. She has a realistic idea about things. Also, the non-human characters...well, that was just pretty darned cute!
Yes! and Yes! It is one of those books where should you go to bed listening to it...you may find it many hours later before you fall asleep. I suggest rewinding several chapters to fall asleep to or you won't!
I really really root for the main character and the one who has her heart (not to mention impossible not to imagine super sexy!). Can't wait to listen to Book 3 of Soulfinders. Oh, I almost forgot...there isn't all that "I did this bad thing to you but you have to stay with me" or "how can I not make the other person not do this negative thing" or any of that other lack of self-respect crap.
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A ~ My 17-yr-old daughter
T ~ My 15-yr-old son
K ~ My 14-yr-old son
Yelena has vanquished her enemies and is on her way to Sitia to meet the family she doesn’t remember and learn how to control her magic. But growing up in Ixia and being the Commander’s food taster has made her ways strange and suspicious to the people of Sitia. Still, she perseveres. However, soon she is embroiled in a bad situation and must use her newfound abilities, her new friends and the unexpected arrival of old friends to get ahead of the game. And stay alive. Will her life ever be simple?
While not as rousing as the first book, this story has a decent plot with a new world, new enemies, new friends and an appearance of old friends. Everyone still likes Yelena and Valek is still a favorite. Though T said Yelena and Valek having sex all the time is bad. I had to laugh because they aren’t doing it like bunnies. In fact, it’s closed door, not described at all and it’s only a few times. It’s just the fact that when Valek is around they do what couples in love do especially since they’ve been separated for months, but it’s not to the detriment of the plot. LOL Anyway, the magic is fascinating and the Sitia world is interesting. We all loved having the Power Twins back for a bit and the addition of horses is cool. T & K love that the horses call Valek “Ghost.” An apt name indeed. No one likes Yelena’s brother Leif. I agree that he’s an azz though by the end of the book he’s a bit better. T likes Yelena’s dad Esau because he knows so much cool stuff about the jungle. And everyone wants Cahil to die. That would be nice. We’re looking forward to book 3, Fire Study.
“Pushing magic toward the candle, I willed it to light. Nothing happened.
Irys made a strangled sound and the candle burned. “Are you directing your magic to the candle?”
“You just ordered me to light the candle for you,” Irys said in exasperation. “And I did it.”
“I gave him a bored look. I had been threatened many times before and had learned that the men who didn’t make verbal threats were the most dangerous.”
“Of course, you didn't want our help. Now I have to go beat up some soldier just to keep my ego intact.”
I would conditionally recommend this book to friends who want an easy read but are willing to overlook some bumps along the way. Despite plot and character issues, the book does a good job expanding the world introduced in the previous novel as well as exploring the magic system Snyder has created.
I find details about the magic system the most interesting.
My favorite character would have to be Irys, the 4th Magician. She was an interesting character in the previous novel when she turned from enemy to ally, but in this novel her role as mentor is expanded and tested. I wish her role in the novel had been expanded, as well as her relationship with Yelena, but it was kind of put to the side in the third act while Yelena ran around doing her own thing and being saved by Valek.
I didn't have any extreme reactions other than occasionally rolling my eyes or letting out sighs of frustration at Yelena's actions.
I felt like the novel struggled trying to balance too many simultaneous plot threads, with the result that a lot of potential was lost in character arcs. Yelena seems to move from plot point to plot point, either rushing in for seemingly no reason, or else being kidnapped (seriously, she gets kidnapped at least four times). Although by the end of the book there seems to be an acknowledgement of her recklessness and growth in her relationships with her family, the change happens too rapidly, which is odd considering how jam packed the novel is.
A compelling and thrilling novel of a woman's journey to find herself, he place, and her family. A real page turner and I was unable to stop listening to it! onto the next!
I love this series in print but the narrator brings it so much life. They're small parts but I love the way she does Valik. Even if, obviously, I pictured a deeper voice originally, I love how she says, "Anything, Love." I don't know it's just perfect. If you haven't read Poison Study this is a series that Must be read in order. But you must read them, they're fabulous!
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