Maria V. Snyder’s newest novel will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her any more. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.
Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.
Welcome to the blog tour for Night Study, run by the wonderful Rock Star Book Tours! I think I must be beginning to sound like a broken record, but Maria V. Snyder’s novels are completely astounding. Picking up right where Shadow Study finishes, the latest helping in the Soulfinders series is gripping, intense and everything Yelena Zaltana fans could possibly wish for.
The story is intense, full of the magic and adventure that we’ve come to associate with the Study series. I love the different points of view in the novel. Not only do we get Yelena’s perspective, but Valek’s and Janco’s as well. It’s great to enter the heads of characters I’ve loved for so long. Yelena as always is stubborn, determined and an absolutely wonderful character.
There’s a rich amount of magic in Night Study, and something I absolutely adore about this series is the amount of detail Snyder puts into the magic as well as the detailed history of both Ixia and Sitia. After waiting so many months for the release of the novel. it’s wonderful to catch up with all the wonderful characters in Snyder’s series.
There’s lots of romance in this helping from the series. The relationship between Valek and Yelena is such a fascinating one, and they are one hell of a power couple. It’s great to see them working together in Night Study, which doesn’t happen all that often in previous novels. I don’t want to say too much about the plot – it’s definitely a book you want to enjoy spoiler free – I’ll just say that it’s exciting and wonderfully written. There’s a few surprises, plenty of drama and action as well as a lot more in between. If you enjoyed Shadow Study, you are not going to be disappointed.
Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.
Maria’s research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.
Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.
Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.
Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you for checking out my stop on the Night Study blog tour, make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for interviews and loads of other great posts. (Just click the banner below to find the schedule!) As part of this fantastic tour there is also a give away of the novel: six US winners with receive a copy as well as four international winners, good luck! Enter here!