Saturday 27 April 2013
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Honestly, I expected to find Posion Study a bit tacky (I was judging from the cover!), a guilty pleasure kind of read, so I was surprised by how honestly good it was. Yelena is a wonderful heroine and the fantasy elements are seamlessly woven into the plot. Snyder manages to make the reader understand all about Ixia without having to actually tell us too much about it, something that is surprisingly difficult to pull off in fantasy. The theme of political intrigue of course transfers over to real life very easily.
I loved reading about Yelena's training to become a food taster. Snyder goes into a lot of detail about the different types of poisons and the methods that Valek uses to make her become aware of all of them, and I found it completely fascinating. That kind of detail shows how well thought out Snyder's Ixia is. Yelena's character undergoes a decent amount of development and the romance plays a back seat to the plot, both of which also work towards making Poison Study such a good read.
Of course, there were things about the book I didn't enjoy so much. After watching the romance develop so slowly throughout the bulk of the text, I felt like it was resolved too quickly near the end. The theory behind magic was introduced but never explained fully, although I'm hoping this will be developed later on in the trilogy. Some of Yelena's new friends were just that bit too nice to be believable in the atmosphere she was living in.
On the whole, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this title. I'll definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
Score: 4 out of 5