Book 1 of the Yelena Zaltana trilogy.
Verdict: Good start to a series.
My Take On This Book:
I've read this book sometime ago so this is a retrospective review. I'm reviewing this book now because I have chosen this book to give away this month!
I enjoyed reading this book and thought that the rest of the books in this series would be good too. But I've been coming across a not-so-brilliant reviews about the other books in this series. So I stopped buying Maria Snyder then. However this book is actually good. The world building is quite convincing and I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. The characters stays with you long after you've read the book. They felt like old friends. The cover of the one I've read was different to the pic on the left. The version I've read was an older release, I think. But this is the cover on the giveaway. I liked the older cover(don't have a pic) better than this one. I would give the cover art a 5 out of 5. I find the story telling quality quite good too. It's not grab-you-and-take-you-along-for-the-ride but it kept my attention for long periods of time. I gave the story telling quality a 4 out of 5. The story itself while still good, isn't that substantial from my point of view and gave it a 3. The story ended well with a good climax but it is also the start of the next book which therefore had a cliffhanger effect and I would rate it a 3. Over all this book garnered a 4 out of 5.
Cherry's Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries
About This Book:
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a 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 dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear.Source: Info in the About This Book was taken from the author's website at http://www.mariavsnyder.com/books.php on 01/11/09.
**Contest Closed**Because I enjoyed reading this book I thought I would share the reading happiness with someone else. This November I have decided to give away a new(never been read) copy of Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.
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