Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: The Chronicles of Ixia
Release Date: October 1, 2005
Summary: 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 . . .
Thoughts: Yelena is a young women about to be executed for murder. On the day of her execution she is given a chose. Die or become the Commander's food taster. Well, Yelena is no fool....
Poison Study is one of the books that I had on my shelf for a long time. I wish I would have picked it up sooner, because it's an amazing read. I loved it right away. You're sucked into Yelena's world from the very first page. By the last page you are wishing it wouldn't end. If your into fantasy, this is the book for you. You'll definitely like it. It's got adventure, intrigue and even a little bit of romance.
Score: 5 stars
Author Website: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/