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7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 9,704 ratings

Poison Study 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.

©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.
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  • Book 1

    • Poison Study

    • By: Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,625
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

    • By A on 12-03-05

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 1.5, 3.5, 3.6

    • The Poison Study Short Story Collection

    • By: Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    From condemned prisoner to food taster for the commander of Ixia, from apprentice to a charismatic assassin to warrior with ever-evolving magical powers, Yelena is a remarkable heroine like none you've ever experienced. Follow her amazing journey through Maria V. Snyder's breathtaking fantasy series, which New York Times best-selling author Mercedes Lackey calls "engaging and entirely original...fascinating in its rich detail".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This was cool

    • By Lily Mordaunt on 07-16-18

    Regular price: $15.96

  • Book 2

    • Magic Study

    • By: Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,488
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magic Study

    • By Arnold on 03-07-08

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Fire Study

    • By: Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

    When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More please

    • By BookLove2 on 03-03-08

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Shadow Study

    • By: Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 728
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 646
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 651

    Once, only her own life hung in the balance. Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands - and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job and his life are in danger.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read in this order to avoid confusion

    • By Mary john on 01-01-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Night Study

    • By: Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 477
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 438
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 435

    Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threaten everything Yelena holds dear.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Waiting

    • By samantha on 02-05-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Dawn Study

    • By: Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 333
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334

    Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond - and a family - that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia. Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall - and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutley loved the entire Poison Study series!

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-17

    Regular price: $24.95