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Shadow Study

Shadow Study 1

by Maria V. Snyder

Paperback / softback Age range: 12 to 15 years old Publication Date: 23/02/2015

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New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.Once, only her own life hung in the balanceOddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But shed 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. Valeks 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 dangerousPraise for Maria V. Snyder:Doing full justice to the plot of this original and entertaining epic fantasy is impossible. Suffice it to say that the action is nonstop. The many characters leap to life, particularly Yelena, whose first-person narrative is riveting.—RT Book Reviews on Fire Study
ISBN:
9781743690741
9781743690741
Category:
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Age range:
12 to 15 years old
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
23-02-2015
Publisher:
Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
Pages:
432
Dimensions (mm):
198x130mm
Weight:
0.35kg
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

Average Rating

5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Hello, Old Friends

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    Well, SHADOW STUDY was fun. I was always sure I was going to like this book. One of my favourite authors was writing more stories set in my favourite world with the very first characters of hers I’d fallen in love with. And I was right, SHADOW STUDY was fast paced, action packed, and had a plot that surprised me more than once.

    And I’m sitting here with a decent introductory paragraph (for once) with no idea where to take the review next. This is the problem with favourite series that are underrated. I want to fangirl about all the things, but must restrain myself and convince non believers people who haven’t read this glorious series to pick up book one. Not that you need to read the other books first, Snyder does a very good job at filling in key events and back stories (which was helpful because it’s been a while since the last Ixia/Sitia book was released). It’s not info dumpy, it’s woven in really well. And there’s new tidbits that old readers of the series will enjoy as well, namely Valek’s back story about his assassin training and the lead up to his killing of the king.

    SHADOW STUDY as impossible to put down, I really didn’t want it to ever end. Not only was I loving the return to the old characters and seeing what their life was like 8 years after it all began in POISON STUDY, but the writing was just so engaging and addictive. The action starts immediately in chapter one and doesn’t stop until you reach the final few pages. There’s new information and suspense every chapter, and plenty of fight scenes. And right at the end you’re bombarded with some epic plot twists. Things I never, ever saw coming. I had to reread some parts three times because I couldn’t believe what I’d just read. I’m really excited to see what these developments mean for the future of the world and the characters. There’s one development I predicted but you know what, I ain’t even mad because I have been wanting this to happen for SO LONG. What is it you ask? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

    SHADOW STUDY truly surpassed my expectations. Definitely a great installment with plenty to keep me entertained. I struggled to put it down. It was great to return to all these characters and the world they live in. I cannot wait to see where this trilogy will take them. The wait is going to be tortorous.