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Poison Study

Poison Study 1

by Maria V. Snyder
Paperback
Publication Date: 07/06/2013
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
 
How much is your life worth?



In the territory of Ixia the government maintains control through the Code of Behaviour, forbidding the practice of magic, but danger lurks in mysterious places...


Imprisoned for murder Yelena Zaltana's punishment is death, until she is reprieved - for a price.


As the Commander of Ixia's food taster she will risk assassination from poison daily, a position she would be a fool to refuse... In a world where magic equals death and freedom is for the lucky few, survival is all Yelena has and the battle for her life has just begun.



A CHRONICLES OF IXIA NOVEL



'A compelling new fantasy series' - Rhianna Pratchett, SFX
The Chronicles of Ixia


Poison Study


Magic Study


Fire Study


Storm Glass


Sea Glass


Spy Glass


Shadow Study
ISBN:
9781848452398
9781848452398
Category:
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
07-06-2013
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
198x126x27mm
Weight:
0.29kg
Maria V. Snyder

When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn't in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not exciting...at all.

Bored at work and needing a creative outlet, she started writing fantasy and science fiction stories. Over a dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She's been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her Masters of Arts degree in Writing from Seton Hill University, where she is now a faculty member. Her favorite color is red.

She loves dogs, but is allergic, instead she has a big black tom cat named...Kitty (apparently naming cats isn't in her skill set either). Maria also has a husband and two children who are an inspiration for her writing when they aren't being a distraction. Note that she mentions her cat before her family.

When she's not writing she's either playing volleyball, traveling, or taking pictures. Being a writer, though, is a ton of fun. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and attend Astronomy Camp and call it research?

Maria will be the first one to tell you it's not working as a meteorologist. Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at MariaVSnyder.com. You can also follow Maria on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Customer Reviews

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • What is truly Poisons?

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    Poison Study is one of my Favourite books and only one of because it is the first in the trilogy. Yelena is still ranked as my number one favourite protagonist and her story is one I will not forget.

    I could not put this book down and was a book that has truly rekindled my love for books it is one that I know if I get in a slum I can reread and it will put me back in the mood, easily one of my most read books of all time, Maria is also an author I now have blind faith in for how much I love her story's.

    The book start's with Yelena being lock in a cell, she is being taken to the Commanders right hand man Valek before her exaction. They are in the Ixia which the Commander had taken power of some 15 or so years previous with the help of Valek, before this it was a corrupt country with a monarch and magicians in charge, since the take over everyone has a uniform and a job no one is hungry or in need of necessities, however if any child is seen to have magic powers they are put to death, a death ofter done by Valek, there is still land to the south which is where the magicians live but it is very different.

    Once Yelena is brought to Valek's room she is offered an opportunity, the previous food tester for the Commander has past away and they need a new one, as by law the job is offered to the next person for execution Valek offered Yelena and optionally to die by the noose or to learn to taste poisons and taste the commanders food known that death is certain but not knowing when to expect it. She except's is proposal and is though into a new life, being a good student Yelena learns fast and easily but the poison is not what she should fear as the Father of the man she killed is in the castle and after her blood, not to forget the Hawk mistress that seems to want her dead.

    Yelena's story is an exciting one full of twist and turns, she is an independent character who you quickly come to love just as you will the story, although there is romance it is understated and does nothing but add to the story.

    I highly recommend Poison study even if you are not much of a read as it is just a generally fantastic book.