Book Review: Fire Study – Maria V. Snyder

Series: Study Series – Book Three (To see my review of the other books in the series, click here)
Release Date: March 2008
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 441
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Yelena is about to face her hardest test yet.



The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before…

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.


I absolutely adore this series. Even though I’ve reread it a number of times, it just never gets old. It’s such a superb and exciting story. It’s well crafted and everything you could possibly look for. This is Yelena’s toughest battle yet. She has to make some tough decisions and handle some really difficult situations, but she remains strong throughout. She’s such an easy character to fall in love with. I’ve been rooting for her since the first few pages of Poison Study, and I definitely still feel that way by the end of book three.

As with the previous books the plot as well as the history of both Ixia and Sitia are well crafted and rich in detail. It’s some I particularly love about Snyder’s novels. This outing in the Study series features many of the characters from both Ixia and Sitia, which is nice to find out about what they’ve been up to since we last saw them.

The romance element is a bit more prevalent in this novel than it has been in others, but it’s not over the top or in your face, and it works well within the novel. Particularly as Valek and Yelena begin to understand each other a bit more, it’s fascinating to see both characters develop both together and separately.

As always with Snyder’s novels its well written and there’s many funny and witty moments in the story, garunteed to bring a smile to your face. Probably one of my favourite is:

“The others had taken Valek’s return in stride, although Janco made a comment about Valek’s lack of hair. ‘You ever notice how couples start to look alike?’ he asked.

In a deadpan, Valek replied, ‘Yes. In fact I was just thinking how much you and Topaz resemble each other. It’s uncanny.”

If you’ve read the other novels  in the series, this is definitely one to sink your teeth into. If you’re looking for a new series to fall in love with, one that’s full of magic and mystery the Study series is just what you need.

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