September 2007 Debut of the Month.
An intriguing fantasy novel, fast paced and action packed, you feel the heroine, Yelena, barely has time to catch her breath before she is running for her life again. Constantly watching her back for unknown assassins and facing danger each day, by being food taster to the Commander of Ixia, this young girl is determined, headstrong and thoroughly likeable. This is the first in a series that leaves plenty of scope for Yelena’s world to expand in the forthcoming books.
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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 avoid an agonising death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, her situation grows more precarious. 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 an impressive debut and a strong start to what should prove to be a compelling new fantasy series." Rhianna Pratchett, SFX Magazine
"Poison Study is a wonderful and lively read. Highly recommended!"
Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series
"Maria Snyder has created an engaging and entirely original new fantasy, fascinating in its rich detail." Mercedes Lackey, New York Times bestselling author
"Be prepared for an exhilarating adventure of danger and romance as our heroine battles for her life against rebel forces . . ."
Dark Realms magazine
"Enchanting . . . I absolutely loved it. Poison Study is a wonderful trip into fantasy."
Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author
"Poison Study is a nifty little tale of intrigue featuring a worthy protagonist that makes for a commendable debut." SF Reviews
Publication date: 21/09/2007
Publisher: Mira Books
|Publication date:||21st September 2007|
|Author:||Maria V Snyder|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage),|
Maria V. Snyder has been writing fiction and nonfiction since 1995. She has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria earned a bachelor of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. She discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. Her research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study. Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. She lives with her husband, ...More About Maria V Snyder