Murder, mayhem and magic…
Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman’s noose.
But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia’s food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander’s food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.
I first read Poison Study back when I was in high school (over six years ago), and I absolutely loved it. When I read it the first time, the series was only a trilogy and I immediately read all the books and the read the spinoff Glass trilogy, which was also amazing. Then the author, Maria V. Snyder, decided to bless us with three more books in the series.
However, since I hadn’t read the first three books in years I knew I would have to reread them before I dived into the new books, but I put it off for a while because WHO HAS TIME TO REREAD?! Thankfully, audiobooks exist and I was finally able to listen to Poison Study, and it turns out that I still really enjoy the book.
The main character, Yelena, is still just as amazing and kick ass as I remember, and her love interest, Valek, is just as swoonworthy (though I was trying to figure just how old he is since Yelena is 18 at best). I liked how their relationship was a little bit of a slow burn, but totally worth the wait. I also forgot about a lot of characters that I loved like the magician, Iris.
All in all, I’m so excited to be rereading this series and getting to see how Yelena and Valek’s story continues in the new books. The only issue I had was on the audiobook, music plays at the start of each chapter, which I thought was annoying. It was totally unnecessary and while I’d like to listen to the next book, Magic Study, I don’t know if I can deal with that music again. We’ll see what happens.
If you haven’t given this series a read yet, I definitely recommend it. It’s a great fantasy series filled with intrigue, mystery, plot twists, and a bit of romance. You’ll love it!
Borrow or Buy: Buy it!
“But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”