Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Source: Netgalley review copy
Once, only her own life hung in the balance.
enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But
she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between
rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace
in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.
though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through
politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As
Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new
challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her
enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while
searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.
Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,
When I saw this available on Netgalley to review, I was pretty excited. I love it when I can get favorite author's books early. I enjoyed this one, but was a little disappointed in it. I felt like it moved a bit too slowly until the end when everything happened way too quickly.
I didn't understand how the story was going to get all wrapped up when there wasn't very much book left. Well, it didn't really get all wrapped up. Obviously there's more to the series, but this book left a lot of things up in the air, and what it did resolve it did so in a matter of pages.
I liked the characters, but the more I read books set in this world, I find Janco less endearing and more annoying. Still, I did enjoy reading this, and will definitely continue on with the series.