Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Study #2
Published by Mira on September 26th 2006
Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth.
But nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation not of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life or be her downfall.
Short & Sweet: To be honest, I have a love / hate relationship with Magic Study. On one hand, I love it due to seeing more of Yelena, how her character develops, and the old friends again. But I had a harder time being enthralled with this novel compared to the previous one. Maybe it was the lack of action or the lack, for the most part, of Valek… I am not completely sure.
Final Verdict: Magic Study was definitely an enjoyable read. It suffered from some plot drags due to focusing mainly on Yelena's past. While I enjoyed learning more about her character, I just wish that the sparkle that I had seen in the first novel was present.
Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?
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