Review: Fire Study by Maria V. Synder

fire studyTitle: Fire Study

Author: Maria V. Synder

Series: Study Series #3

Pages: 441

Publisher: Mira

Published: March 1, 2008

Source: Purchased (eBook)

Rating: 4/5

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.


This book was by far a lot better than Magic Study. I felt like Yelena grew a little bit more but made more mistakes than previously. Yelena has now been labeled a “Soulfinder” though the Council doesn’t know much about it except for the horror that happened 2,000 years ago. She has decided to become Liaison for Sitia and Ixia but the Council still doesn’t trust her. That annoyed me because after everything that happened in the last book you think they were smart enough to know better but of course not. Roze Featherstone is a pain and I wish we had more interaction from her. Yes, we know she is a mean villainous person but she could have been so much more. The book had a lot of traveling in it and it did get boring at some points but I still couldn’t put it down. I didn’t really connect with Yelena as much because I sometimes wanted to strangle her for being again…blind to everything around her. Again, after everything that happened in Poison and Magic you think she would be able to trust the people who have been with her through it all but she can’t and pushes everyone away which is of course her downfall in the end. Valek makes an appearance more in this book than in Magic but I would have wished for more. She still relies on him but not as much and I like that about her. She has her own powers and doesn’t fall apart when Valek and her are apart. My favorite character was probably Moon Man. He was great and witty and it just made me mad at Yelena even more for pushing him away when she needed him most. At the end she finally embraces her power…finally though I wish she had done it sooner, she might not have made so many mistakes.

I have started Shadow Study…but it has talked about parts that happened 4 years ago that were not in Fire Study so I think I might have to read Storm Glass which talks about Opal (who I was glad to see again in this book). So more book buying for me…sigh…

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