Book Review: Magic Study – Maria V. Snyder

Series: Study Series – Book Two (For a review of book one, click here)
Release Date: September 1st 2007
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 419
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Yelena learns all about her past and the family she left behind in this fantastic sequel to Poison Study



A lesson in loyalty – A master class in intrigue.

Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of birth.

But nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges – and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation not of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life… or be her downfall.


If I could give this book six stars I would. I always find when you read the next book in a series, especially if its one you really love, then you hold very very high expectations. For me, that was certainly the case with Magic Study. I absolutely adored Poison Study, and couldn’t wait to find out what was next in store for Yelena and her friends. I must admit I was nervous it wouldn’t deliver, but it absolutely does and is just as exciting and enjoyable as Poison Study.

While some of the characters that we love don’t feature as often in Magic Study, there’s a whole host of new characters that I absolutely fell in love with. Leif, Nutty, Zitoria and Cahil are just a few of the characters that you’re going to be fascinated by. Yelena grows a lot in this novel, and its wonderful to see the amount of depth Snyder puts into the character, she really comes alive and is still one of my most favourite characters of all time. She’s stubborn, determined, reckless and is always getting into trouble.

The one thing I loved about this novel is the amount of magic. While magic is a major aspect of Poison Study, we get so much more information in this novel, a rich history of information about how the magic works within the novel. It makes the store more exciting, and more believable as well.

The other thing I really love about this novel, and in fact all of Snyder’s novels, is the amount of detail she gives the reader. Yelena travels to Sitia and here we get a whole wealth of knowledge about the different clans, the Sitian traditions and way of life, as well as more of a back story about characters like Irys. It makes for a fun and exhilarating ride, one that makes you hungry for the next book in the series.

Just like the previous novel, this one is action packed, and full of drama and mystery. You’re going to want to free up plenty of time to read this one, because it hooks you from the very first page and doesn’t let you go right till the very last word.

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