First Impression: I hope Ms Bookseller is correct.
A quick death
Or slow poison…
Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.
Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?
When Yelena realises she has extraordinary powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death…
200 words (or less) review: Not quite sure what to expect I curled up with this one evening and wished I didn’t have to put it down because of work in the morning. Yelena is a strong female protagonist who starts the story in a filthy prison waiting for her death.
While Maria V. Snyder describes her world in detail it’s not long-winded, instead it reflects the same kind of focus Yelena has in her education as taster. The story is well paced and imaginative. There is intrigue and politics that Yelena has to contend with. Valek and Yelena relationship develops well and he is definitely interesting to read.
Later on in the book Yelena begins to step outside her role as taster, making friends and she begins to trust Valek. As said, the pace of the story is exciting. Something is always happening/about to happen so you’re never bored.
Upon finishing Poison Study I went and bought the remaining titles Magic Study & Fire Study which I’m looking forward to reading.