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. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.
Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous…
Wow! I absolutely LOVED this book. Maria V. Snyder is one of my all-time favorite authors and I think that she deserves more credit than she receives for writing incredible fantasy novels. I started my Maria V. Snyder addiction with Poison Study, which is the first novel in her Study Series. Since then, I have shamelessly devoured every book she has ever published, many of which have centered around Yelena and Valek’s world. She is up there with the likes of J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman and Kristen Cashore as far as I am concerned.
Shadow Study is a new tale centered around Yelena and Valek, who haven’t had their own story since the conclusion of the Study Series – even though their characters have existed in the spin-offs. I loved this book because it provided a taste of the romance and adventure that Valek and Yelena created in Poison Study, but it also showcased just how much Yelena and Valek have transformed since their stories began.
Without giving too much away, I love how both characters stay true to their ideals and remain focused on the greater good of their world despite facing the temptations of power and corruption at every turn. I also adored that readers were able to find out more about Valek’s history! His back story is even more incredible than I could have imagined and I was fascinated with learning more about him.
I am so excited about the prospect of more stories with Yelena and Valek that I can’t stand it!