Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…
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 re-reads as I personally love this book (and series), so I thought I would review it as I don’t see enough about it on Goodreads, YouTube or Instragram.
Poison Study is the first book in a trilogy based on Yelana. It is a fantasy book with elements of magic present in it. The novel follows Yelena who is due to be executed for admitting to the murder of the son of a high ranking general. She is given the choice to either hang or train to be the new food taster. Unsurprisingly she chose to become the new food taster (otherwise how would we have this wonderful novel?). Maria Snyder really draws you into the book by explaining in detail how Valek (The awesome sky master) trains Yelana to identify poisons. Maria also manages to explain Ixia, where the book is set without confusing the reading. I really like to the interactions not only between Valek and Yelena but with other secondary characters such as the commander or Ari and Janco. Ofcourse nothing can go smoothly for Yelena and nothing is as it seems. Once Yelena has become the food taster she faces other trials. There is romance in the book but it does not play a large role, I like how the slowly and sweetly the romance not only develops but also the way it is portrayed. Hats off to Maria Snyder.
I would caution that the book does just touch upon a sensitive matter. However it doesn’t go into much details about it. (Can’t say what, that will ruin the reading experience)
Happy reading! If anyone does read it please do remember to leave me a comment, I’d love to know what you think about it 🙂