Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Posted July 18, 2013 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

poison studyPoison Study by Maria V. Snyder
 October 2005
 Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Rating:
 Probably better for an older teen.
 5/5 stars


About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…


This is one of my all time favorite books. I love the writing style the author uses. It’s very strong and to the point. The main character, Yelena, is a strong, independent, smart woman who you look up to as you’re reading the book. She has a very interesting background that keeps you reading from the very start and you see her grown throughout the whole novel. Another character that made this book for me is Valek. You think he’s going to be the enemy because of the start but you just end up loving him just as much as Yelena.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book at the start. It seemed like something I wouldn’t usually read but it’s a book that kind of sneaks up on you. Usually I know from about the middle when a book is going to be my favorite, but this one took until the very end. I was really excited to see that there were 2 more books!

I really enjoyed this book.

5 out of 5.

“Everyone makes choices in life. Some bad, some good. It’s called living, and if you want to bow out, then go right ahead. But don’t do it halfway. Don’t linger in whiner’s limbo.”

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8 responses to “Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder

  1. I agree, when I first borrowed it from the library I thought that it was going to be an okay read and take me a while, I was amazing and I read it in one sitting. I love the whole series and the spin-off series. Snyder is great and I know read anything that she writes.

  2. I haven’t read the spinoff series, I’m still waiting for the library to get them in. I’m really excited to read them though. I heard news that there might even be a fourth book in this series.

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