Have you heard? Cover for Shadow Study – Maria V Snyder

I am majorly excited about the 3 new books being released by Maria continuing the Posion Study Series based on Yelena and Valek. I came across some updates which I had to share!




New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she’s back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly 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.

Suddenly, 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..

I am fangirling at the moment!! How pretty is the cover and the synopsis is just wow to. You can actually read the first chapter of Shadow Study on Maria V Snyder’s website, click here. I have read the first chapter and I need to now discuss it. It is amazing. Maria confirmed that there will be flashbacks from Valek’s childhood which will be intresting to read, I really want to know more about him. The other details that Maria confirmed on her Facebook are below:

“As promised, here are a few more details about the SHADOW STUDY – yes, it’s a new book with Yelena and Valek (if you didn’t know – where have you been?).

•It is tentatively scheduled to be released early January 2015 in the US, but I’m sure the UK and AU will be releasing the book very close to the US date.

•Yelena and Valek’s POV will alternate chapters, starting with Yelena.

•There may be sections of Janco’s POV (working that out with my editor)

•The reason the book is titled, SHADOW STUDY is because during Valek’s chapters, there are a number of flashbacks to his past and the place where he learned how to be an assassin is called, The School of Night and Shadows

•The second of the new set of Study books (3 planned in all) is tentatively titled, NIGHT STUDY. No title for #3 yet!

•As for the story – it starts soon after the events in SPY GLASS. Valek is returning to Ixia because the Commander has ordered him home – seems crafty smugglers have found a new route into Ixia and he needs Valek and Ari and Janco to investigate.

•After an all too brief vacation with Valek, Yelena has to deal with an increasing anti-magician sentiment from the Sitian Council and she goes on a mission to find Ben Moon (Owen Moon’s brother). Ben escaped from Wirral prison. Ben had tried to kill Yelena after Owen was executed in Ixia. To read the story about Owen Moon’s nefarious deeds go here (in fact, Ben has a pretty big part in SHADOW STUDY so you may want to go and re-read the story before January). http://www.mariavsnyder.com/IceStudy….Familiar characters that are in SHADOW STUDY – Leif, Mara, Opal, Devlen, Reema, Bain, Irys, Maren, and Kiki of course!

•New characters – Onora (young hot shot female assassin), Gerik (new soldier for the Commander’s detail), Ben Moon, Hedda (Head Mistress of the school of Night and Shadows), and Arbon (a fellow assassin trainee that was in school with Valek).

I hope that satisfies some of the curiosity (or did I make it worse?)”

Who else is now excited???



5 thoughts on “Have you heard? Cover for Shadow Study – Maria V Snyder

  1. I cannot wait for this book 🙂 I love the study and glass series. I am glad she is writing another from Yelana’s POV and we get to see from Valek’s POV too. This is going to be a great book. I am not going to read the first chapter. I will wait for the book. If it I read it, it will make the wait so much harder 🙂

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  2. Oooh oooh, me too! Really looking forward to learning more about Valek’s past; that should make things even more interesting and shed some light on his character that we’ve wanted to see for a while. I just finished “Magic Study” this past weekend, btw, and am hoping to start “Fire Study” in the next couple days. (It’s been a super-busy week, so I haven’t had much time to read.)

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