Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder

06 Apr

Magic Study (Study, #2)

Magic Study (Study #2)

by Maria V. Snyder
Rating: 5/5 stars
You know your life is bad when you miss your days as a poison taster…With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can’t help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don’t think it’s for the better….Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training—especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.

If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies…

Not long after the discovery of magical abilities and the Ixian execution order, former food tester Yelena flees to Sitia, a neighboring country.  She hopes to find peace and refugee in her newly discouvered birthplace.  However Sitia still seems foreign and Yelena has yet to regain her memories of the home she doesn’t know. She is unconfortably unfamiliar with the costoms of the various clans in Sitia, including her own, the Zaltana Clan. Even her own brother treats her like an intruder. However, she has little time to ponder her feelings of being an outsider or yearn for Valek, the only home she has ever known, because there is something terribly amiss in Sitia, deaths and dissapearances likely to be the work of a rogue magician.  Once again Yelena finds herself a key player in a greedy ploy for power, a situation onlt she can remedy, if she can learn to control her magical gifts.
Fast paced and exciting, Magic Study is a terrific continuation of Yelena’s story from the fantastic Poison Study. Snyder beautifully weaves another unforgettable tale full of secrets and intrigue that is impossible to set down; she is a storyteller so powerful that the reader is drawn into the story as if they are actually there. There are many threads to this story, but they are quite easy to keep track of. And it’s not just the interesting and unique plot that captures the reader’s attention, but the vivid and realistic characters. Yelena is as strong willed and independent as ever, and I admire her resourcefulness and determination to help all those who need helping; she still steal the reader’s heart all over again as she confronts old demons and battles new ones. I think it’s very interesting how there’s not any real set of defined rules of right and wrong and how these gray areas and various interpretations are so integral to the story. Loyalty as well is a large influence from Yelena’s Ixian friends to surprising past relationships. I feel a sort of greater theme is at work developing here besides Yelena’s trilling tale, and I’m excited to see how it plays out in the conclusion to this trilogy, Fire Study.

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