Thursday, February 27, 2014
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Author Info: Goodreads & Website
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 392 pages
Buy it Here: Amazon
Our Rating: 5 stars!
YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS BAD WHEN YOU MISS YOUR DAYS AS A POISON TASTER...
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...
I can honestly say that I loved absolutely everything about this book! Yelena continues to showcase her abilities & I loved watching her explore new magical abilities while also adjusting to a new land. As she is reunited with her family she struggles with her inability to remember them & with the fact that her brother, Leif, seems to hate her. Leif is convinced that she is a spy and practically hands her over to Cahil, who believes he is the true King of Ixia. After she is finally able to make it to the Citadel (where she will receive her magical training) she discovers that not everyone trusts her or her growing abilities.
As Yelena interacts with Cahil throughout the book I started to get worried that Snyder was going to create some sort of love triangle. There were glimpses of Cahil actually being a good guy, but I still would have picked Valek for Yelena anyday! Unfortunately Cahil turns out to be a lot more than I was expected & I ended up hating him before the book was through. There were some great scenes between him, Yelena, & Valek, which I thought gave the book some intensity. Of course let's not forget the rogue magician who was kidnapping & killing female magicians, in order to steal their powers....
This book is filled with excitement on every page. Yelena is constantly involved in something & there were plenty of characters throughout the book to play her nemesis. I like how her relationship with Valek seemed a lot more natural in this book & not rushed, which I felt had been an issue towards the end of Poison Study. The book wouldn't have been complete without Ari & Janco, who had some comedic relief while also managing to make me fall in love with them for always being there for Yelena.
This book is an excellent addition to the Study series, although I must admit I loved this book even more than the first! Make sure to check out our review of book one, Poison Study, so that you don't miss anything in this exciting series!