Choose: A quick death or slow poison...
Series: Study Trilogy, #1
Pub: 2005, (MIRA) harlequin
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Cat: fantasy, romance
Format: paperback (mid); 361 pp w/ 32 chapters
Age Range: YA
On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprieve – on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixia, Commander Ambrose.
Avoiding poison is the least of her troubles, however... General Brazell, father of the man she killed, has vowed bloody revenge; she’s beginning to have feelings for her captor, Valek; and someone is plotting the downfall of the current regime.
In a desperate race against time, Yelena must learn to control the growing magical talent within her and master the demons of her past. The Commander’s life, the future of Ixia and all those she loves depend on it...
“I am not a fool.”
It’s the set of the book. The set of the series. Those five little words.
They are the words that Yelena gives Valek at the end of chapter one and it’s the reason that she’s alive, the reason she finds friends and the reason she ends up falling in love with the head of military in the land that she lives in.
This book is set around why Yelena was next for execution. Then it goes into a twist and turns life or a food taster. She meets people. People she can call friends. She learns about herself, things that can’t be shared because of the lands she lives in and the magic that’s involved in it all.
She falls in love.
It’s sweet, slow and at some people you’re not sure it’s even going to happen.
The adventure pulls you in, takes your heart and spits it out only to be wanting more.
At least that’s what I found. It’s what happened the first time; it’s what happened every time I picked up the thing. And today wasn’t any different.
And even though I’m calling this a fantasy, I truly do believe that you should go into this with romance in your heart and on your mind.
That’s why I called it that, even though it might not be put in that category originally.
This series was, again, one of those first ones I picked up. It’s also one of the few fantasy books that I truly love, and are more than anything, one of the trilogies that I push because I believe they are that good.
And if it’s something you’d be interested in, it’s defiantly worth the pick up.