Fire Study (Study, #3)
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Fire Study (Study #3)

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The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer s...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Mira (first published January 1st 2008)
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For me, the Study series has been on a descending scale of awesomeness.

A jaunty, double-spaced, fried zombie? Where?!

The first book, Poison Study, was awesome and gave you that happy-go-lucky feeling at the end and you want to yell "weeeeeee". The second book, Magic Study, was "eh". It felt somewhat disconnected from the original but still good. This third one, Fire Study, was just plain worn-out and over done, too much going on without much really happening. It had it's moments but mostly it w...more
I felt a bit blue last night as I finished Fire Study, the third and final volume in Maria V. Snyder's Study Trilogy. Though she is currently working on a new series following a side character from the Study books, this is the last one to center on the adventures of Yelena, the convicted murderer, turned poison taster, turned diplomatic liaison. I felt blue because I'd been expecting more and I ended up finishing it more out of a feeling of obligation than because I was truly engrossed.

The stor...more
Lisa O.
What a pity. This is the only coherent thought in my mind after finishing the Study series. After an oustanding debut followed by a mediocre sequel, the final installment was NOT the proper ending to something that could have been memorable. Not because of the way it ended, because that was pretty satisfying. In fact, it got 2 stars from me instead of one just because Snyder eventually delivered what is so painfully expected throughout the whole - excessively long - book.
If I had to describe in...more
Ugh. Well, I was obsessed with Poison Study, and Magic Study was pretty good, but this book really didn't satisfy. I found myself skimming it a lot, and I felt bad doing it.

For some reason the whole reason I liked the series in the first place dwindled throughout this concluding novel to where I forgot what charmed me in the first place. It wasn't horrible, just not the direction I wanted or expected it to go. I guess an author has to do what he/she thinks the series should do, but it went so f...more
Unfortunately, this series has gone the way of many "chicks-who-kick-butt" stories go, where apparently no one is capable of doing anything (or thinking, or even desiring to think, for that matter) except for the unflappable, clever, sarcastic heroine. The voice has become modern/mainstream enough that it kills the other-world feel (this Pegasus is lacking true wings). There's some creativity to the world and magic system, so I still enjoyed the book, even if the characters have become flat as t...more
2 stars is still pretty generous for this book. Bleh. I was so disappointed. Reading these 3 books was a similar experience to the Eragon books ... LOVED the first one, thought the second one was good but not as good as the previous, and forced my way through the third one while skipping massive pages and not caring what I missed.

Comparing POISON STUDY to MAGIC STUDY and FIRE STUDY, I think what I didn't like the most was the 1st book was so different from the last 2. I loved the mystery of Yele...more
c.o.lleen ± (... never stop fighting) ±

Wow. So, this book was kind of difficult to get through. Up until about three-quarters of the way through, I was afraid I was going to end up hating it. Part of it was some of the negative reviews, but more of it was the fact that everyone was really being annoying.

There was some of this in the second book, too. People were holding unrealistic expectations of other people, people were demanding trust while being mistrustful, etc. And there's a lot more of that in this one, to the point where...more
I must live to torment myself. I endured the craziness that was Magic Study, read the reviews for Fire Study, which were much worse than Magic Study, and yet I read Fire Study anyway, which is my way. So, I guess I only have myself to blame, but I’m blaming Snyder too. What in Vati’s name was she thinking writing this sham of a story?! I was hoping that she would redeem herself and Yelena, but the only thing that resulted from this book was an addition to my shite bookshelf.

Having read 448 pages...more
I have more than a few bone to pick with this book.
I still can't shake how disappointed I am!
All the worries about the last book having a bad review were merely a start. I have Just another book that made me feel this way... 'Breaking Dawn' grrrrrrr (anger of some sort)

To give myself a closure from one of my favorite seires, I reluctantly started reading the kindle version, for I couldn't wait for it to deliver. I was wrong, maybe I should've waited for much longer.

This book is filled with blo...more
1.5 stars

It took me over a month to read this book. That seriously just boggles my mind. For some perspective, I read the first book in one day. Heck, I read the entire Harry Potter series in five days, and the 1,000+ page The Count of Monte Cristo in four days. So I'm kind of embarrassed that it took me so long to read this book.

Want my advice? Stop after Poison Study. I know, I know, I received that advice myself and clearly didn't follow it. But you should learn from my mistakes and STOP AFTE...more
This is the third and final book in the Study series. I have to say I was a little bit disappointed as I thought this book would follow a similar format to the others. The first one was Poison Study and it was about Yelena's job as a food taster for the Commander of Ixia. In the second book Yelena goes to learn about her magical ability with the magicians in Sitia. I thought the third book would be about Yelena studying fire, but it really was a continuation of Magic Study and Yelena's journey t...more
First, let me start out by saying that I loved Poison Study. It's one of my favorite books ever. It was dark, dangerous, mysterious, romantic, and just amazing. So what on Earth happened? Fire Study just wasn't very good. The plot was dull and progressed slowly and don't even get me started on Valek. (Did he forget Yelena's name or something? Because the entire book he just called her "My Love". Seriously Valek, what happened to your heart of steel?) Overall, this book was a sad, disappointing c...more
I liked this book, though not quite as much as the other two. There is something about a woman needing a man that appeals to me and in this book, she is becoming much more independent and doesn't need Valek nearly as much. :( But I still enjoyed her adventures to save her world.
This one = running away, getting caught, being poisoned, escaping, rinse, repeat. The last few chapters were the the saving grace.
I had heard from the friend who let me borrow this series of books that the third wasn't as good as the first two, so I was expecting to be a little disappointed in this story. That, however, didn't happen.

I mean, true, the story did get a little bogged down in Yelena's stubborn streak and her complete inability to listen to those who should have been teaching her, as well as the strained relationships she had with the people who should have been most important to her, but despite all that, I st...more
I was a bit disappointed with Fire Study. While Snyder is a skilled writer, the plot in this book was so disjointed and all over the place that I felt it hard to keep up. And sometimes, I didn't even want to.

As with the other two books there is an underlying Big Issue that Yelena is trying to overcome that sometimes takes a backseat while other minor events go on. The difference with Fire Study is that these minor events that were sprinkled throughout the story were either completely pointless,...more
I have to say that by now I've officially become hooked to Maria V. Snyder's writing. I've been very impressed so far with her books.
However I feel slightly disappointed with this book.

In Poison Study Yelena has already created a group of friends and enemies in Sitia and is still looking to capture the murderer Ferde from the previous novel. Yelena, Leif, and Moon Man go out searching on a lead and find more trouble than they bargain for.

Fire Study felt to me more like Magic Study part 2 than...more
Well, I don't really regret finishing the series. It was pretty good, and a mostly entertaining story. Some of my hopes as I finished the second book weren't met, but at least Valek's presence wasn't nearly so gag inducing. Lots of "love"s again--my solution? Give him a thick Cockney accent every time he said it. Problem solved.

The first book is probably the best in the series, and I don't know that the rest add enough that you've gotta read 'em. The first 1/3 of this book gets a low 2, things m...more
3.5/4 stars

After being a little disappointed with Magic Study, I hoped that this one would finish the series the same way it started it: brilliantly. Unfortunately, it didn't quite manage to do that. Fire Study and I got off to a little bit of a rocky start and there were hiccups along the way. Having said that, this book was still pretty good.

Fire Study picks up where Magic Study left off. Soulstealer Ferde has escaped and First Magician Roze is looking for any opportunity to have Yelena execut...more
Muy buen final y los últimos capítulos fueron una tortura increíble, hicieron que todo el libro valga la pena. Llenos de acción, esclarecimientos, sorpresas y nervios.

Pero van cuatro estrellas ya que, quitando esos capítulos trepidantes, se me hizo una lectura lenta. De los tres fue -de nuevo quitando el final- el que menos disfruté.

El final es perfecto, pero ya que la autora tiene pensado escribir un par de libros más, habrá que hacer un esfuercito y esperar para volver a ver a Valek en acción....more
Cherry Mischievous
Stunning conclusion to the Yelena Zaltana (or Study) trilogy. I like this author’s “voice”. It “feels” easy to read and the story flows smoothly. The only thing I find a bit annoying is the plot. The author has the tendency to make her characters act stupid in a blatant effort to add a bit more drama to the story. I blame that more to the weak plot rather than a character development flaw. And that is the only reason that this book got a less than 5, otherwise this book is a really great...more
After enjoying the first two in this series, I'm finding the third hard to get through. The language is stilted and boring, I'm not interested in the characters, and various betrayals and deaths just don't spark any emotion in me. It's too bad, too, because her world and the mythology behind it - the history of Soulfinders and the connection of the magical world, the regular world, and afterlife - *should* be interesting. Reconciling the two realms - fascist, magic-hating Ixia and magic-soused,...more
Jessica B
I really, really, really enjoyed this series! This was probably my favourite but not by much. Yelena has discovered her true self and is scared of what her true power means for her and those she cares about.

With a group of evil Warpers out to get her and take over Sitia and soon after Ixia Yelena needs to come up with a plan fast. Soon all of the Sitian council is against her and she is fighting for her life and a place in the world.

Valek of course comes to the rescue again making this book 10...more
Aug 17, 2008 Kerry added it
dont read this if you dont want the book to be spoit .

i love all 3 books. i felt so sad when i read the last page.i liked the ending but i wanted something more from it.

the book starts of as she recives a message from moon man wanting to meet with her because he may have information on were the soulsteater is. shes travels to meet him. there is a new treat that the evil magicin are use it called the efie richel .she learns more and more about her soulfinder ablitlys and soon things there a caus...more
There's no rest for Yelena, the popular heroine of Poison Study and Magic Study, in this spellbinding and fast paced third novel. Picking up from where Magic Study left off, Yelena is called away from The Citadel in Sitia by her Storyweaver, Moon Man, to capture the killer Ferde, and his rescuer, Cahil who are in the hands of the Daviian Vermin. But the Vermin lead Yelena, her brother, Moon Man and their group on a wild chase throughout the whole of Sitia, always one step ahead. They are smarter...more
The truth is now out, and everyone knows that Yelena is a 'Soulfinder'. Most people don't like this, as the last known Soulfinder, only used his powers for evil, everyone sees only the evil possibilities, necromancy etc. The council must debate what to do with Yelena.

Meanwhile Yelena has heard that Ferde the Soulstealer is back, and sets out to hunt him down, only to learn that there are more enemies now than those she's fought before.

This book was a little disappointing after the decent start o...more
PERFECTA!!! Esta saga es genial!! De lo mejor que he leído,tiene de todo,amor,traición,intriga,misterio,magia y muuucha acción!!! La historia es genial y los personajes son perfectos!!
Enamorada de Valek,es perfecto,me encanta su forma de ser y que no tuvo miedo a demsotrar sus sentimientos,aún enojado con Yelena terminaba sus frases con la palabra "amor"....Yelena es genial,aunque aquí me desesperó y perdió el piso,dejó de ser esa protagonsita que me atrapo desde el principio por su determinaci...more
I'm afraid the third book in this trilogy disappointed me, mainly because it had a different tone or style from the other two. I loved the first two books so much I guess I had high expectations that just couldn't be met. Oh well. :)

I think part of me wanted some more drama between Valek and Yelena.

*****slighly spoilerish below*****

I always thought that Valek should have found the execution order in Yelena's backpack in book 2. That would have set the ball rolling on some crazy action/angst. Or,...more
While I enjoyed Poison Study and Magic Study, I did not enjoy this book to say the least. It felt like the author just threw together a third book without any planning, creativity, or real thought just to finish out the trilogy. Poorly written, completely predictable with characters flat as pancakes - and keep in mind these are characters I liked in the earlier books. A disappointment.
Lo he pasado mal... muy mal!!!! Yelena me ha vuelto loca.... Primero, cómo puedes dudar así de tu Tejedor de Historias??? Te había fallado alguna vez, tonta?? No, pero claro, era más fácil irte con Gede.. no veías claramente que ese tio no era bueno???? Cuándo aprenderás... Y luego.. ese modo de alejarte de tu hermano, de Marrok y de Valek!!!!!! Valek, que es la única persona que habría hecho cualquier cosa por ti!!! En serio, me pareció que ella estaba perdiendo la cordura y que iba a acabar do...more
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