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From condemned prisoner to food taster for the Commander of Ixia, from apprentice to a charismatic assassin to warrior with ever-evolving magical powers, Yelena is a remarkable heroine like none you've ever experienced. Follow her amazing journey through Maria V. Snyder's breathtaking fantasy series, which New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey calls "engaging a ...more
Kindle Edition, 1027 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by MIRA (first published January 1st 2008)
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Carly
Sep 06, 2012 Carly rated it it was amazing
I have never had a favorite author. I have always read so many book so fast. I was always moving on and didn't usually read more that one series from the same author. But with Maria V. Snyder.. i was HOOKED.

I fell in love with her world of Sitia and Ixia, and magic, And Opal and Yelena.

I read Opals series first, the Glass series. I loved them so much, when i found out about her other series, i had to have them. Little did i know that the study series and the glass series were the same world. A
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Shanan
Jan 17, 2012 Shanan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In A Nutshell:
This series enchanted me. The world created by Maria V. Snyder inspired me to believe in magic, in love, and in destiny. The characters were interesting. I was left guessing who was good and who was not until the end of each novel. The stories were enthralling. I could not put these books down once I started them. I have loaned my books to a number of friends, and each of them has been as impressed as I with this series.

Review:
Yelena is given a choice. She committed a murder which
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Berit
Actual rating 4.5
Almost perfect... Except for a slight hiccup in the third book, the series was quite amazing. Something I usually find it really annoying with books in this genre is a very whiny female MC. You Lena was anything but... And the girl had all kinds of things thrown at her. She never complain, she never threw a little pity party, she just kept going on, with strength and pride. Something I really enjoyed with the series was the magic and how it manifested itself, the pulling of it,
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Tina
Jul 12, 2012 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book was great...lots of mystery and a very interesting premise. I was eager to read the second installment, and it was not too disappointing. The final book was a total mess. It kind of sucks when feel like you're trudging through something to get to the end so you can put yourself out of your misery. It seemed like it would never end, there were way too many characters, too many places with weird names and too much traveling back and forth to those places. Also, I liked it the first ...more
Lauren Doll
Dec 21, 2010 Lauren Doll rated it it was amazing
The Study Series begins with an interesting dilemma: how much are you willing to risk to delay death? For Yelena, a soon-to-be-executed murderess, the answer is everything. To prolong her life for an indeterminable time, she is willing to participate in a gamble: she will become the Commander's food taster. The prize? The possibility of living just one more day after each successful tasting. The stake? Her life and death by poison.

This series was fabulous! Once I started reading I could not put
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The Study Series begins with an interesting dilemma: how much are you willing to risk to delay death? For Yelena, a soon-to-be-executed murderess, the answer is everything. To prolong her life for an indeterminable time, she is willing to participate in a gamble: she will become the Commander's food taster. The prize? The possibility of living just one more day after each successful tasting. The stake? Her life and death by poison.

This series was fabulous! Once I started reading I could not put
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Gail Carriger
Nov 30, 2013 Gail Carriger rated it really liked it
This is a bundle of the trilogy Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study. I found this fantasy series on a recommended reading list for those who love Tamora Pierce. They certainly harken to her Wild Mage series. I like the first book the best, but they were all eminently readable, featuring an intriguing world, a strong courageous main character, and a bittersweet love interest. This is one of the few fantasy series I've encountered that deals with a quazi-communist style military ...more
Chelsey
Aug 22, 2012 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Probably one of my ALL TIME favorite series!!! I re-read these every so often because of how much I love them. I have always enjoyed a strong courageous heroine and these books deliver just that. The characters she writes are AMAZING and you quickly become attached and can't wait to see what happens next. I would recommend these to ANYONE. I know you'll like them!
Angela
Apr 28, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!!
Shelves: favorites, e-books
amazing.amazing.amaziiinnngggg! This series is worth the read! Once you start, you just can't stop! You just wanna keep going 'cause the story is full of twist and surprises! I almost imagined myself as Yelena beside Valek!

This book made me realize and ponder some thoughts about love, trust, and life! I almost believed in magic when I read this!This is really a must read! :)
Siobhan
Jan 28, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it
What a wonderful series.

I honestly hadn’t expected to become so addicted. The first book had been sitting on my to-read shelf for quite some time, yet it never really moved up. I was interested in it, I wasn’t about to go out of my way to read it. Then I found out my housemate had the series – and I jumped right in. The only problem was, before I knew what was happening I was working my way through the books at an almost alarming rate.

Whilst the books are not perfect, they’re certainly more than
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Maša
Jun 27, 2016 Maša rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The good (-ish): The first book - fast and intriguing.
The bad: The second book - good ideas, underwhelming execution.
The ugly: The third book. DNF at 100 pages. I was bored out of my mind, the characterization was nonexistent, the plot was all over the place. Ugh.

Final verdict: Read the first if you're looking for a fast fantasy read with some romance thrown in. Avoid the rest.
Jeannette
Jan 21, 2011 Jeannette rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the whole series, very entertaining. One negative would be that some of the character interactions and outcomes were far fetched and under ...moreI enjoyed the whole series, very entertaining. One negative would be that some of the character interactions and outcomes were far fetched and under developed. Overall though a great book!!
Scott
Jul 11, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Amazing trilogy. Very brutal and dark in areas, but the violence I never felt was glorified, but condemned as somethnig disgusting. I really appreciated that this series wasn't afraid to have such dark tones, especially since they were handled so well.
Chelsea
Aug 19, 2012 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
I got a kindle for my birthday so I decided to take advantage of all the Novellas out there that I haven't been able to read yet. Assassin Study was one of those. Figured if I was going to read it, I might as well read all 3 books again too!
Reanna
Aug 02, 2012 Reanna rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite series. It was unique and exciting and I read it in 2 days. I have recommended it to so many people and no one has ever been disappointed. Must reread it again soon!
Jessica Collins
Oct 23, 2014 Jessica Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
I have read and reread this trilogy so many times. It's my go to set when I can't sleep or aren't feeling well because it's such a nice easy read. Yelena, Valek , Ari, Janco <3 them all.
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Dec 29, 2010 Jess (Gone with the Words) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010, adult
WOW! Amazing series! Loved it!
Heather
Jul 13, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
4.5 stars :)
boipori
Jun 09, 2014 boipori rated it really liked it
Poison Study was one of my favorites in 2012 but I never ended up reading the whole series till now. Completed the Glass series as well but that is another review for another day.
This series consists of three books - Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study.

What is the Study Series about? In short, Yelena grew up an orphan in Ixia (the setting is two neighboring countries - Ixia and Sitia) and circumstances brought her to the Ixian commander's dungeon as a criminal charged with murder. She was
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Karalynn
May 04, 2012 Karalynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok, here's the thing. I really wanted to love these more than I did. I think Poison Study is the strongest in terms of well crafted writing. Magic Study I enjoyed more because of character development than anything else. Fire Study is just lazy, I'm sorry to say. By that I mean that all of a sudden, in this gorgeous world Ms Snyder has created, the characters are saying, "ok" and just generally acting smarmy...she settles for hackneyed one liners instead of crafting a reply as she did in Poison ...more
CaroB
I must admit I'm not usually a fan of Young-Adult fiction, but having heard so many things about this series, I was curious to read it and this shelf gave me the perfect excuse to begin with the first book. What I found in Poison Study was a well-woven world of courtly intrigue, an intelligent but tortured heroine who is finding her strengths and her place in her new life, and an unexpected romance. The writing was great, the plot sucked me in and left me wanting to read further. As is often the ...more
Melyzard
I really enjoyed the first book. It was brutal and dark, but the story was interesting and I cared about the fate of the young heroine. Even the cold, abusive male lead was at least interesting (and yes, maybe he pinged all my 'hot bad boy' radar dials). However, the second book veered off into 'heroine is not only perfect but also now breaks every rule of the world-building and then a few more we didn't even know about' territory, and by the third book she was well into Mary Sue Land. The story ...more
Katrina
Feb 21, 2012 Katrina rated it it was amazing
I've never been much of a reader..... and then I got a kindle for Christmas. It's been 2 months and I've read 35 books. I have to say that Maria Snyder's "Study Series" tops my list. The world that she creates is captivating. I couldn't put the book down, literally. My husband probably felt neglected. I picked it up on a whim and is the sole contributor to my new love of the magical, fantastical genre. Unfortunately, it was one of the first series that I read once I got my kindle and now I ...more
Cassie
Jul 27, 2014 Cassie rated it it was ok
Interesting world and characters that I'd like to see Jacqueline Carey write rather than this author. As the books progressed they went from engaging to tolerable to disappointing. Yelena finding out something new about magic seemed to be the solution to every illogical plot twist in book 3. The increasingly sarcastic dialog did not match the colder, straightforward first person narrative or the seriousness of the events. Ferde was a nickname one of his victims called him to herself and to ...more
Carri
Aug 07, 2014 Carri rated it liked it
A trilogy that held my attention and kept me up into the night. Easy writing style and good development of characters. Subjects of rape and nudity among other adult subjects leads me to shy away from handing the books over to teens. As a mom I enjoy reading this in other reviews. I thought it was a good story and read.

The heroine begins in a dungeon and is saved as she is offered the job of food taster for the king. From there her world changes as she discovers magic, love and friendship. Her j
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Books In Brogan
Mar 25, 2015 Books In Brogan rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-reviews

From condemned prisoner to food taster for the Commander of Ixia, from apprentice to a charismatic assassin to warrior with ever-evolving magical powers, Yelena is a remarkable heroine like none you've ever experienced. Follow her amazing journey through Maria V. Snyder's breathtaking fantasy series, which New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey calls "engaging and entirely original...fascinating in its rich detail." Bundle includes Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study,Assassin Stu

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Michael
Feb 22, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Fun series

I enjoyed reading the power study trilogy of which this is the third. Interesting characters, character development, creativity, etc... The story took place more in the heroes head than I prefer; and the villains weren't as real/scary as in some stories I read; but this is common to a fair number of current authors so I tend to overlook it. Aside from that though, I gave it about a 3.8 out of 5 and would read more by the author. I would also recommend it to friends.
Sasha
Sep 05, 2012 Sasha rated it liked it
Maybe more of a 3.5... at least a 3.25!

What I like most about these books is that, on one hand, they have many of our favorite fantasy tropes... the castle, etc... on the other hand, there are some original touches... the typical decadent monarchy has been replaced by a military dictatorship, the main character begins as a food taster.

The writing is good enough. The characters all talk in a manner that's pretty modern, which is sometimes strange, but it is easier to read. I skipped through quite
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Zac
Aug 27, 2014 Zac rated it did not like it
Absolute crap. I read all three because of some sadistic form of torture. I'm fine with made up magical worlds, but there are defined rules within those worlds, and these books constantly weave in and out of those rules and make no sense. The writing is poor, the characters are unoriginal, and every plot 'twist' only made me think about how unbelievable the whole thing was. If a good friend recommends these books to you, poison them. (That's funny, because they're constantly poisoning people in ...more
Mel
May 18, 2011 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: pure-fantasy
I was surprised by how much I got into the study series. It started as the usual 'ho hum' fantasy book but quickly crossed into the releams of wonderful. Because the four books (well, 3 and a short story) ran seamlessly together it did feel like one book.

However I couldn't give it full marks as the last 3rd dragged in comparison to the start. It lost it's pace somewhere. Still lovely, if you're up for a light fantasy romance.
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Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Study (5 books)
  • Poison Study (Study, #1)
  • Magic Study (Study, #2)
  • Fire Study (Study, #3)
  • Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1; Study #4)
  • Night Study (Soulfinders, #2)

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