YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS BAD WHEN YOU MISS YOUR DAYS AS A POISON TASTER
Yelena is on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago. Although 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 magical training. 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 her new enemies. Excerpt from Maria’s website.
This is the sequel to Poison Study and does the story get even better. Yelena starts her training in magic. This one reminds me of book 2 of Eragon seeing both Yelena and Eragon have to travel to different areas to properly learn how to use their magic. Both stories are very different though.
Yelena meets new characters some that cause her great pain. I mean both emotional pain and physical pain. I really liked this book because we get to know Sitia’s political views and how they feel about Ixia. We learn both sides and I for one cannot decide who is in the right and who is in the wrong. Both Ixia and Sitia have things I like/dislike about there political systems.
I was glad to see that some of Yelena’s friends from Ixia showed up to help her along the way with her dilemmas. I also love Kiki she is hilarious for a horse.
Overall this was a strong middle to the Study series.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Would I let my 15 year old sister read: My sister is mature enough to read this but you may feel yours isn’t.
Dimensions:352 Pages, 5.46 x 7.9 x 1.16 in
Published:September 1, 2007
Publisher:M I R A Academic Press
ISBN - 10:0778323927
ISBN - 13:9780778323921