I didn't like this book as much as the first two in the trilogy. To start with, it just seemed like a continuation of the second book. The first two bI didn't like this book as much as the first two in the trilogy. To start with, it just seemed like a continuation of the second book. The first two books--Poison Study and Magic Study-followed Yelena story but each had a different plot. This book's plot was rather weak compared to the other two. Secondly, The whole book seemed to consist of: travel to this place, someone gets kidnapped, travel to that place to rescue them, someone gets kidnapped, etc. The also had problems really identifying what/who the main antagonist was. I got the basic concept, but he could have been explain a little better. Overall, I feel most of the story in this book could have been explained a little better.
On the other hand, it was still an interesting book. I had grown to love the characters and enjoyed reading about them in another book. Maria Snyder does a great job of coming up with a unique twist on magic and that was enjoyable to read.
While I feel this trilogy should have stopped after the second book, the first two were fun and interesting enough that I would love to try more of her books sometime in the future....more
A great continuation of Poison Study! I did feel that Yelena was a little too headstrong in this book and seemed more reckless than in charge. I alsoA great continuation of Poison Study! I did feel that Yelena was a little too headstrong in this book and seemed more reckless than in charge. I also wish that in both this book and the first one that there was a little more emphasis on the instruction she was receiving. But overall great. Can't wait for the last in the trilogy, Fire Study....more
Very good book. I really enjoyed the initial twist that threw Yelena into her new career as the Commander's food taster. While the romance between ValVery good book. I really enjoyed the initial twist that threw Yelena into her new career as the Commander's food taster. While the romance between Valek and Yelena did seem to pick up very quickly, the subtle concern that they showed for each other was very sweet. I also loved Yelena was a very complex character. She had a lot of emotional trauma that she had to overcome. Yet she managed to maintain a small amount of innocence. She was also practical and very stubborn and strong.
I also loved Valek, but I did wish there was more of him. I felt that I didn't know him very well by the end of the book, which was a little odd in the main love interest. However, what I did see, I loved. He was protective when needed, yet he trusted in Yelena. I also thought he was an interesting spy and assassin--and I want to see more!
My main problem with the story was that many points felt rushed. I wasn't always sure why or how we got to certain events....more
I loved Master of Crows. A young girl is sent to spy on the Master of Crows in order to win her freedom, but during the course of the book, they fallI loved Master of Crows. A young girl is sent to spy on the Master of Crows in order to win her freedom, but during the course of the book, they fall in love. Even though the fantasy story behind the romance is interesting, the book does throw their relationship into the foreground. What really drew me into this book was the characters. The main characters were complex and well-thought-out. They also acted in very natural ways. I didn't feel like I was reading characters drawn up by an author, but a story about how actual people would respond to these situations.
I don't have a lot else to say as I was so drawn into this world, that it was hard to stay objective. I only wish that this wasn't a stand alone......more
I enjoyed this book. Its one of those books (and series so far) that I'm not always sure why I like it, but every page I turn draws me in more and morI enjoyed this book. Its one of those books (and series so far) that I'm not always sure why I like it, but every page I turn draws me in more and more. Part of it is the originality of the main character. Stark is still a slightly selfish, slightly apathetic, kick-ass character who would do anything for his friends. He'll work with angels or devils--whoever pays. Some of the other parts that drew me in where the continued uniqueness to Lucifer. He isn't portrayed as evil. In fact, he feels as if someone must rule Hell to give it order. He is definitely highly intelligent and scheming, but you get a fallen angel feel from him instead of the prince of darkness. I also enjoyed Stark and Kasibian's relationship and hope it continues to grow in future books. Every once and awhile I'm pulled out from the story though with a scene that seems out of place and unnecessary. The entire scene where Stark descends into the realm of the dead was built up so much and then he basically found out nothing of importance there. Meeting up with the Savant was likewise disappointing although it saved Bridgette (which was important). Overall, can't wait to continue reading this truly unique series....more
This book was much better than I anticipated. I expected just a light, fluffy romance with a Djinn, but the main characters and plot were so much bettThis book was much better than I anticipated. I expected just a light, fluffy romance with a Djinn, but the main characters and plot were so much better than that. Since I read this for a book club, I had not read books 1-3 in the series, so admittedly the first chapter or so was a little confusing. From what other people have said, the background for this was in the previous books. Grace was an amazing choice as a protagonist. She had to deal with real life, devastating issues and while she did keep her head up for most of the book, you also felt that at times these issues were overwhelming. So many times a hero or heroine are people that can tough out any problem and stay happy in the worst of times--blah. I appreciate a woman who feels the stress of life. I was also pleased in the author's choice to not heal Grace. While many of her other challenges were eventually overcome, leaving her with her scars was brilliant. It kept Grace in the human world with human problems that couldn't always be solved by the magic in her life. I also enjoyed Khalil. I felt that the author also portrayed an immortal and his view of the world in an intriguing way. He was amazingly powerful, but time had little meaning. Humans had little meaning. He was not completely shut off from the world, but until now, they were to him as animals are to humans. My favorite line was, "I started counting time for you." His problems with dating were humorous and endearing. And while he acted like an Alpha male-can't really blame him-his protectiveness played out in a natural way. And finally the plot was much more than I expected. I found myself curious as to what was happening which I didn't expect. However, the focus still seemed to be on the romance which left the plot a little thin in my opinion. I would have liked to learn more about the Oracle's past, understand her power more, and really understand why they were people trying to kill her. Maybe reading more of the series will answer these questions. ...more