Title: Magic Study
Author: Maria V. Synder
Series: Study series #2
Published: October 1, 2006
Source: Purchased (eBook)
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….
So Poison Study blew me away with Yelena’s personality and her ability to survive a horrible ordeal. In Magic Study we travel to Sitia to finally meet Yelena’s presents and find out where she really came from. She gets a warm welcome from her parents but a not so warm welcome from her newfound brother who claims that she smells like blood and death. Yelena feels like an outcast among her family and other members of her tribe and soon she leaves for the Citadel to start her magic training. Of course there are obstacles in her way and we meet a new character, Cahil who claims he is the past King of Ixia’s nephew who was smuggled across the border way back when. Cahil is a bastard (pardon my french) and I loathed him throughout this book even though he was trying to be friendly he just rubbed me the wrong way and justly so. Yelena was just as annoyed by him as I was and I was glad to connect to her in a way throughout the book. She again was betrayed, abused, ambushed, tortured and all that good stuff that happened to her before and it was annoying how blind Yelena was in this book. You think after everything that happened in Poison Study that she would be more aware of betrayal and not so blind to things around her. She is still afraid of her powers and not quite sure how to really use them but the word “Soulfinder” was thrown around and nothing good comes of being a “Soulfinder”. I feel like some things did move forward with Yelena but it was basically the same story as in Poison Study. Valek took a while to show up but I understood why he didn’t, I mean he is working in another country and he is loyal to the Commander. It was nice for him to show up unexpectedly though and it made the wait so much better!
I look forward to reading Fire Study the next one so look out for my review!