Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Poison Study (Study, #1)” as Want to Read:
Poison Study (Study, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Poison Study

(Poison Study #1)

by
4.14  ·  Rating details ·  126,466 ratings  ·  10,900 reviews
Murder, mayhem and magic…

Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.

But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander
...more
Kindle Edition, Reprint Edition, 431 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Mira (first published September 27th 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Poison Study, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Kate I saw an interview with Maria V. Snyder, and she said that in poison study Yelena is 19 and Valek is 33. https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Leticia Porter So it does have a small bit of romance but it is at the end of the book. You can start to sense it throughout the book if you really look for it. But…moreSo it does have a small bit of romance but it is at the end of the book. You can start to sense it throughout the book if you really look for it. But the romance isn't the main focus of the book and the main character does not rely on her romantic interest during the book. It sort of sits in the back seat and she is not dependent on it(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.14  · 
Rating details
 ·  126,466 ratings  ·  10,900 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Sasha Alsberg
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
SO SO SO SO GOOD! Yelena was amazing and had such great character development in the story. The romance took the back seat in the book and instead focused a lot about the conflict at hand. So good and Valek....SWOON!!
I just got the second book in the trilogy Magic Study and cannot wait to read it!
I'll be talking about Poison Study in my March Wrap Up video!
Katerina
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Poisoned, pursued and living with a psychopath. Not what I would consider the good life. Death has its perks.”

Well living with a psychopath Valek is a perk in my humble opinion.



The story
Yelena is waiting to be executed and she's made peace with that, but then the Commander's right hand (who also happens to be an assassin) approaches her with an offer; she can either be executed as planned or she can become the Commander's new food taster. Yelena naturally picks the latest and she's introd
...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I finished this book on Friday, and I took all weekend to decide what I wanted to say in my review. Let me start by saying that Poison Study is written in a very elemental fashion. If you are a reader who likes flowery, descriptive writing, this might throw you for a loop initially. The story is told inelaborately, and there is no hesitation in describing the ugliness of Yelena's situation. When I met Yelena, she was taken out of her prison cell, where she had languished for the better part of a ...more
Jo
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jo by: Catie
"It's a dirty way to fight, but I'm late for lunch."

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
I think I’m broken… why didn’t I love this one?

High Points.
The premise. Poisons. The setting. The baddies. The magic. Valek. Close combat. Acrobatics. Fire festivals. Valek without his shirt on. Ari. Janco. Maren. Tree climbing. Chocolate. Delicious food. Kick ass ladies. Secret Valek without his shirt…in a pile of hay.

Low Points.
The narration. I know Yelena is supposed to be educated but I found it difficult to
...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
12/29/17 - ON SALE for $1.99:



http://amzn.to/2xmtT6E

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

I've been wanting to reread this series for like two years. No lie.

It's been 6 or 8 years since the last time I read it, and I remembered really liking it, but not much else. But guess what? NEW BOOK! So yeah, just prior to the release of Shadow Study seemed like an excellent time to get my reread on, and guys . . . it was even better than I remembered it.

That. Has. NEVER. Happened.

Yelena, a self-confessed m
...more
Emily May
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011, young-adult


Poison Study is easily one of the best young adult books I have read this year. So far, the genre has become increasingly disappointing to me and I was beginning to lose faith in novels marketed at older teens. What I really don't understand, though, is why Snyder decided* to make Poison Study a young adult book. In my opinion, even though it was good, the book could have been even better if she'd allowed for Yelena/Valek smut and instead marketed the book to a more adult audience. It's not eve
...more
Julie Kagawa
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved the heroine; stubborn, tenacious, determined. I loved the world that Snyder created. I loved loved loved the main love interest, Valek. Dark, stoic assassin? Check. Me swooning throughout the whole book because I have a thing for assassins? Check. (Yeah, I know. I need to have my head examined.)

But, the relationship between Yelena and Valek was only part of this wonderful story. The detail put into the poisons was facinating. The entire world was facinating. I literall
...more
Letitia
I am torn on reviewing this book. On one hand it had the potential to be the best fantasy novel I have ever read. The world was intriguing, the characters endearing, the plot fascinating. Beyond that, the author managed to explore fascinating themes of mortality, right of choice, overcoming psychological demons, and tests of loyalty. I kept willing the writing to be better than it was. I would really love to see this author mature and develop her skill into something really worthwhile, because h ...more
Elena
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
❝Poisoned, pursued and living with a psychopath. Not what I would consider the good life. Death has its perks.❞


Having Throne of Glass vibes since reading page 1 up to page 18, I knew I would enjoy this book quite a lot. Even though this was written long before ToG, I knew it would be a little similar since the beginning it started off like in ToG. Yelena was in chains and she was taken to the General, where she was also made an offer as to being the food taster for the Commander of Ixia or bei
...more
Riley
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was just as good the second time!
Helena of Sparta ✰ (on semi-hiatus)
In my personal opinion...this is what Throne of Glass (published seven years after this) should have been. Poison Study is easily one of the best-written and underrated high fantasy, young adult series that I’ve come across, and I’m so happy that I FINALLY gave this a go, as it’s been collecting dust on my TBR for YEARS. After a while, YA high fantasy tends to become oversaturated with similar storylines, but this was SO ORIGINAL and I LOVED IT. I also enjoyed how character-driven this novel was ...more
Zainab
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark
I feel like this is one of those books that a lot of people have heard of but haven't really read.
Or.
Maybe that's just me trying to make myself feel better about not reading it before lol.

This book was weird-in a good way. It's very dark and if you know me, you know I love dark books so there's that. BUT the love interest? I don't know, man. At first Valek is described as a man. In my mind Valek was automatically above 40 (I am very well aware of the fact that that is not the age criteria for a
...more
Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
4.5 Stars.
Full review to come.

Ari and Janco are my favorite!! Of course I love Valek and Yalena, but Ari and Janco are my puppies!! I guess I have a thing for adorable/funny twins!! So much love!!!!!

It's been more than 7 years since i read this book. Time to finish this series!! I've had these books for a while now, the pages have turned yellowish, and they smell like old books. I love it.
First line of the book:

"Locked in darkness that surrounded me like a coffin,
i had nothing to distract me
...more
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars

This book isn't a low-ish rating because it had bad things occurring, but I feel like it started out at a 3 stars at a baseline rating and just didn't do much to make it any higher of a rating. I listened to this on audio, which is different because I typically get lost when I listen to fantasy on audio, but the cast of characters in this was actually pretty easy to keep clear, the magic system was comprehensible, and the plot and subplots were paced great. However, this didn't satisfy
...more
Stephen
stunning-1v2

2.5 to 3.0 stars. Let me begin this review by saying that I think I’m becoming much harder to please when it comes to fantasy stories so please keep that in mind. Having read quite a few, the standard fantasy plot elements just don’t produce the same warm and fuzzy feeling that I used to experience when reading these kinds of stories. I must have hit my tolerance threshold for the fantasy “drug” because I find that I am needing greater and greater amounts of awesomeness in order to get that "sp
...more
Nicole
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, to-continue, ya, 2017
What do you ask for usually in a young-adult fantasy book?

Relatable and actually smart heroine? ✔✔✔✔✔
A sexy witty love interest who is ALSO an assassin (that's a plus!)? ✔✔✔✔✔✔✔
World building? ✔✔✔✔
An enjoyable story? ✔✔✔✔✔
A good plot—one that doesn’t stray too far off topic and does progress throughout the story? ✔✔✔✔✔
More actions less romance? ✔✔✔✔✔
A well-written book? ✔✔✔✔✔


I can go on all day. It's been a long while since I loved a book this much, from page one till the end.


Yele

...more
Lainey
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh wow, like, really. Wow. This was seriously everything I wanted and needed in a fantasy read. I'm just so damn happy that I have the other two books in the trilogy so I don't have to wait with ordering them.This will definitely be one of the my favorite series I've read all year.

Poison Study follows a young woman named Yelena, who has been in the Commander's dungeons for almost a year upon killing a man. The day she is set for execution, she is given a choice. She could either go through with
...more
Simona Bartolotta
"Poisoned, pursued and living with a psychopath. Not what I would consider the good life. Death has its perks."

This is to hard to rate. The originality deserves a full four, but the the issues I had with the writining make it impossible for me to grant it. 3.75 because I enjoyed it a lot? But rounded down to three because it would have taken so little for it to be better, and that leaves a bitter, bitter taste in my mouth.

The story had me hooked practically immediately. I knew I would be swept
...more
Lyndsey
One of these things does not belong here:



Well, one of these things does not belong in a fantasy novel. Hint - it is small, electronic, and blue!

More on that later. So this is another one of many books...

A story about an orphaned girl, whose been tortured and basically given a rotten hand that's full of all jokers, most likely dealt by some sort of sleight of hand magician or something. Rough life. Blada-blada-blah. After mysteries are introduced and back stories told, she encounters a mysterious
...more
Tamora Pierce
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if this is supposed to be adult or teen fantasy, and I don't really care. It's just plain good. Yelena, sentenced to die, is offered the chance to live as the Commander's taster. She could be poisoned at any moment, and if she tries to escape, she could die of the poison given to her at her first meeting with the Commander's chief of intelligence (he gives her the antidote daily). When she accepts, she is pitchforked into a world where she cannot tell who is an ally and who is an en ...more
Sabrina
Oct 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I want to know who this couple that everyone love is.
Very excited.
Maria V. Snyder
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Poison Study just came out in Turkish as Zehir Ustasi (Poison Master)! Pretty cool - eh?
Wendy Darling
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kells Next Read
"You've slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart. You have poisoned me"~ Valek
 photo that was wicked gif_zpswbamfkec.gif

When I sit and read a book in one sitting it gives weight to the Awesomeness of the read. This jewel was brilliant from the very first line. I'm so glad I decided to give it a read. I can't wait to move unto book two. I loved every blinking thing about it. The storyline, The heroine, the side characters, Valek and lastly, but by no means least, Valek ; )) The storyline was fantastic, the characters
...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars for this YA fantasy. Yelena, plucked from the dungeon of the kingdom of Ixia just before her scheduled execution, is given a chance to live if she will accept the job of food taster for the Commander, the military leader who has taken control of Ixia. Her new boss is Valek, the Commander's head of security and a trained assassin. Valek trains Yelena to recognize all fifty-two of the known poisons in their world.

description

It's even odds as to whether Yelena will be killed by Valek's ruthless teac
...more
Kat Kennedy
I find it really hard to give a book five stars these days. It really has to earn it and truthfully, Poison Study almost did.

The writing was surprisingly rich and colourful, the characters were great. Yelena was calculating and resourceful which I really liked. Valek was great. At some points he was your stock-standard superhero, protective saviour cliche but his loyalty, dedication and sneakyness really added some more dimensions to that.

The plot... oh, the plot! Okay, in some instances it was
...more
Phrynne
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
I am pretty late to this party as this was my first Maria V. Snyder book and I liked it very much. It is one of those books which is very hard to put down. I kept thinking "Just one more chapter, just one more" until suddenly I had finished. And even then I did not want to put it down. Fortunately the next book is lined up ready.........
I enjoyed everything about this book. Yelena is a genuinely strong female main character. One who can actually defeat a baddy without a man coming in at the end
...more
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
I think I might love this book as much as my all time favourite one, The Bird and the Sword.

UmMmM. I’m in trouble because I’m about to binge read this whole series.

<333 Valek
Nasom
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Full review (finally! its been two weeks+ but better late than never right?)

Plot : 19-year-old Yelena, who was to be executed for the murder of a General's son, was given another option, to serve as a food-poison taster for the commander. She agrees to it and with the help of Valek, the commander's personal security chief and a renowned assassin, she learns how to detect poisons in food.

World : The society is a dystopian one where the Royals were dethroned (killed) for their corrupt and unfa
...more
Anne
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, magic
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I'M GOING TO GET THE SECOND BOOK!!!!


Have you ever heard of books with charisma? Which ones make your list? I'll tell you now, this one's made mine.

Orphaned. Tortured. Poisoned. Cursed with magic.

Yelena is a convicted murderer who is condemned to an acquaintance with the noose. On the day of her execution, she gets an offer from Valek that allows her to keep her life. One thing you need to know about Yelena is though she's broken, bruised and battered, with a haunted past
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
  • The Hero Strikes Back (Hero, #2)
  • Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)
  • A Matter of Magic (Mairelon, #1-2)
  • Heart's Blood
  • Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra #4)
  • StarCrossed (Thief Errant, #1)
  • Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses, #4)
  • Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares #4)
  • The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms, #2)
  • Warprize  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #1)
  • Lady of Light and Shadows (Tairen Soul, #2)
  • Masques (Sianim, #1 / Aralorn, #1)
  • First Rider's Call (Green Rider, #2)
  • Princess at Sea (Princess, #2)
See similar books…
15,187 followers
When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn’t in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not exciting...at all. Bored at work and needing a creative out ...more

Other books in the series

Poison Study (6 books)
  • Magic Study (Study, #2)
  • Fire Study (Study, #3)
  • Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1; Study, #4)
  • Night Study (Soulfinders, #2; Study, #5)
  • Dawn Study (Soulfinders, #3; Study, #6)
“Yelena, you've driven me crazy. You've caused me considerable trouble and I've contemplated ending your life twice since I've known you." Valek's warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.

"But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

“That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.

“Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.”
970 likes
“Everyone makes choices in life. Some bad, some good. It's called living, and if you want to bow out, then go right ahead. But don't do it halfway. Don't linger in whiner's limbo.” 796 likes
More quotes…