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Magic Study (Poison Study #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  60,861 Ratings  ·  4,278 Reviews
You know your life is bad when you miss your days as a poison taster...

With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a year to master her magic - or face death - Yelena must begin her apprenticeship and travels to the Four Towers of the Magician's Keep.

But nothing in Sitia is familiar. Not the family to
Paperback, 419 pages
Published May 16th 2008 by MIRA Books (first published October 1st 2006)
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Sasha Alsberg
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maria has done it again, she's created a beautifully captivating story that had you on the edge of your seat from the first page until the last!
One of my favorite series to date!
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I am at a complete loss. I found Poison Study to be an amazing book, with an engaging plot, real, intriguing characters and excellent writing. Magic Study begins much the same, until around page 240, and then it takes a nose dive through crazy town. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. For a book that began with a five star rating, Snyder had to work to make this book as nonsensical as it ended up being. Here are a few of my qualms.

Yelena, once resourceful, intelligent, honorabl
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy

I hoped I’d love this book but I'm truly surprised at how engrossed and utterly into the story I was. The characters satisfied me to no end, the plot kept me engaged but more importantly, I loved and respected the way Maria V. Snyder handled sexual violence in the story.
I was so close to giving this the full rating for that alone and in fact, would have, had it not been for one thing that, in hindsight, might seem minor but it was enough to genuinely irk me as it was one of my biggest peeve
Oct 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fantasy
More like 2.5 stars actually, but I am being extremely generous in the memory of "Poison Study."

I enjoyed the first 300 pages of the book just as much as "Poison Study." Yelena's relationship with her family and Zaltana clan, the world of Sitia, the magic lessons, the mystery of a magician serial killer and political intrigue involving a contender to Ixian throne - all these aspects were written very well and in a very engaging manner.

However, right about page 300 to 400 something went wrong wi
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
❝Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a risk. To survive is to know you're taking that risk and to not get out of bed clutching illusions of safety.❞

Rating: ★★★

I still have a love for Yelena. My love for her just grows because of how strong she is becoming and how much of a better heroine she is willing to make herself. I don't think I've ever loved a female protagonist so much. She keeps everything so balanced. The only thing I
Simona Bartolotta
Uh-uh. Uh-uh. Fluff and hot air, hot air and fluff.

I'll see if a full review is worth my time.

EDIT 12/06/2016: Now I've read the third book and I can rightly say it: a full review isn't worth my time. Pardon me this time around.
Cait • A Page with a View
I'm kind of conflicted on my rating because I DO love this world and the characters. But the writing is a bit dry and the plot felt kind of recycled here... like once again there is a magician raping & killing young women. And that's just not particularly something I want to read about in the first place.

Yelena returns to her childhood home after dropping off the rest of the missing girls from the first book. She spends a few chapters trying to become reacquainted with her family. Her broth
Considering how often Yelena was injured, captured, and beat-to-a-pulp in this follow-up to Poison Study - I felt this picture summed it up best:

There are considerably more DOH! moments in this book, as opposed to the zero in the last book. Quite a few times, I felt myself wanting to smack some sense into Yelena. Especially toward the beginning of the book, she didn't seem to be her reliable calculating and resourceful old self.

Instead of reading, like I did with Poison Study, I listened to the
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fantasy, ya
I loved the first half, same vibes of Poison Study. Yelena was discovering her magic and starting a new life in Sitia. She meets some great (and bad) people there. The first part of the second half and all the events with Ferde weren't so impressive, though. It got slightly better with the Ixians arrival and the last chapter was promising. I think my main problem was with the villain, a different sort of villain would've been appreciated since this one was similar to Ryad (sadist and rapist and ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a risk. To survive is to know you're taking that risk and to not get out of bed clutching illusions of safety.”

A little less good than the previous book in this series, but still very good nonetheless! Either way, Yelena keeps on slaying! You go girl!
I've been struggling to find books with a female character as badass as Celaena from Throne of Glass, and Yelena is definitel
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
2/2,5 stars for a book wherein the writer doesn’t know how to take her time.

Oh man, how I wish I could rate this book differently. I had such high hopes for the second book in the Study-series: "Poison Study” absolutely kicked ass and was a great mix of political scheming, romance, and magical powers with an awesome MC to rule it all. The only problem that I had was that Maria Snyder lost control around 2/3 of the book, which I hoped wouldn’t happen again…

But it did. And boy, did that fuck up t
Julie Kagawa
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this sequel to Poison Study (which I loved), Yelena must travel to her homeland to learn how to control her magic, and meet a family she thought lost forever.

While I still enjoyed the book immensely, I felt that Magic Study wasn't quite as good as Poison Study. The unique sense of danger was gone, and the poison angle, which made the first book so fascinating, was completly non-existent. Still, it was a very good story, and Yelena still manages to get into one scrape after another. Valek make
Robin (Bridge Four)
First and foremost. I’m totally glad that someone told me that Velek was missing for the first half of this. Otherwise I would have been distracted wondering when I was going to see him again because he is my favorite character of this series so far.

But since I knew that going into it I could focus on Yelena and meeting her family and getting to the school. When Yelena meets her family you would almost expect it to be sunshine and rainbows. But while many are willing to accept her it is clear ri
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was much better than the first book!!
And i want to get an Ari and a Janco of my own, where do i sign up??
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
I really liked this sequel, especially I enjoyed its magical aspects, which are undoubtedly the strong point of the book. Being honest, I feel that this book has taken a new direction, and this makes it completely different to the first book, even so, it was a lot of fun


4/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.

In Magic Study we can learn more about Yelena's past, and we'll see how she has to face completely new and unexpected situations. Many aspects of
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
I lowkey went into this book thinking I'd be disappointed. Why???? LOOK AT ALL THOSE MIXED REVIEWSSS.

LISTEN, trust your homegirl over here and just go into this book with ZERO expectations. You'll thank me :'')

I'm just super super SUPER happy that it didn't end up being whatever I originally expected. I loved this! *cough* alright, let's be real when I say "loved this", I really meant Valek, Ari & Janco.
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I enjoyed this a lot more than Poison Study! Cannot wait to read the next one!
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, 4-stars
"Many have tried to kill us. All have failed.

I loved this!! I've read a lot of mixed reviews on this series and I've heard a lot of comments about how this series gets worse rather than better but I'd definitely have to disagree. I loved this second book in the series and I can't wait to continue on! I was definitely scared that this book would have that stereotypical second book syndrome since we wouldn't be seeing much of Valek but that never happened. There's still a little bit missing in o
“Your soul fits the void in my soul perfectly. I’ve no doubt you’re mine. I hope you’ll call me Mother, but if you can’t you can call me Perl.”

This was so much better than Poison Study!

I liked Yelena in this book, she was a strong character, she had multiple things going on at once and somehow found a way to juggle them. She did put herself in dangerous situations, but it was always with the best intentions.

“Men exploded from the bushes with their swords in hand. But the element of surprise w
Helen 2.0
Almost as good as the last one, so still pretty damn awesome. I love this series. Spoilers for Poison Study below.

In Magic Study Yelena follows Master Magician Irys to the souther country Sitia to meet her long-lost family and train to become a controlled magician. Once there she's forced to deal with an angst-ridden older brother, a delusional aspiring king and his sadistic soldiers, and a killer (Ferde) who steals souls and magic. Unfortunately Yelena has to face all these problems without the
bella ϟ  [ bella farren ]

“Many have tried to kill us. All have failed.

my review of the first book in this series

I am officially HOOKED, SOMEBODY SAVE ME I AM LITERAL TRASH FOR THIS SERIES. I devoured this book in a day and I am in love with this series. I haven’t been able to find a YA series that has grabbed my attention in years, but this blew my expectations out of the water.

This book was entirely focused on Yelena’s magic and the magician’s world, which was quite a pace change from the castle politics and spy f
Althea Ann
I was quite enthused by the first in this series, and got started on reading the second as soon as I finished it. Unfortunately, I feel like I was hit by a case of sequel-itis.
'Magic Study' was OK - but my enthusiasm fizzled out a bit.

The story as a whole felt more juvenile than the first book, and was much less tightly plotted. it's more like, "OK, what will Yelena do next?" For most of the book, it's just her wandering from one situation to another. As the title indicates, the focus here is Y
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Living is a risk," I snapped at him. "Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a risk. To survive is to know you're taking that risk and to not get out of bed clutching illusions of safety."

I LOVED THIS ONE!! This picks up directly after Poison Study with Yelena going off to meet her family and getting to know her magical abilities. There's a lot of mystery, magic, awesome new characters, some romance, family, kickass battle
Yelena's recent 'outing' as a magic user, has made her outcast from Ixia. Now she returns to Sitia, the country she was born in but taken from as a young child. Yelena rediscovers her lost family and culture, and then goes on to train with the master magicians, to learn to control and develop her new-found magic abilities. But it's not an easy change for Yelena, and many people openly reject her, including her brother, and the would-be king of Ixia, Cahil. And then of course Yelena cannot help b ...more
Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
“Trust, Kiki said, Trust is peppermints.”

Oh, How I adored Yelena's horse! Sometimes, simply is the happiest way of thinking.

>Gimme quirky, magical talking horse and I'd be satisfied.<

I also absolutely adored Yelena’s relationship with her friends Ari and Janco. They were so sweetly, brotherly protective about her and fun to be around.

“I guess Cahil followed us,” Janco said. Scratching his scar, he added, “Of course, you didn’t want our help. Now I have to go beat up some soldier just
Eric Boot
MEOW DEFINITELY NOT AS GOOD AS POISON STUDY. Poison Study was a total winner (4.5 stars), this book was quite boring and flat. I think I am going to read Fire Study though because I think it has potential.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"When I carved this, my thoughts were on you, love. Your life is like this snake's coils. No matter how many turns it makes, you'll end up back where you belong. With me."

Fangirl mode;ON (I can't even remember the last time it was off,but you know what I mean)

After defeating Mogkan and Brazell and under the threat of execution,Yelena heads to Sitia in order to meet her family and explore her magical abilities.Of course it isn't as easy as it sounds since everyone thinks she is an Ixian spy,inc
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
Update 5/4/15:
My original rating for this book was 3 stars... but after re-reading it I don't understand why! I seem to remember it being because of Valec's limited appearances however it meant I anticipated, as well as enjoyed, the scenes that much more second time around <3

Original review 11/4/14:

I’ve got mixed feelings towards this book. As Yelena is faced with even more problems you see her strength shine through even more and I know I’ve said this before but it takes a lot of ch
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy and magic
4.5 stars

In the sequel to Poison Study, we follow Yelena, in exile, back to her homeland of Sitia where she is to study under the fourth Magician, Irys. After a reunion with the family that she hasn't seen since she was kidnapped at the age of 6, Yelena travels on to the Citadel to begin her training; to develop, harness and control her magic.

The writing in Magic Study is definitely more refined, descriptive without being tedious and on a whole more enjoyable. There were none of the annoyances
Kells Next Read
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"You're the heart mate of the most wanted criminal in Sitia."

No surprise at my ratings seeing how I devoured this book with just as much enthusiasm as it's predecessor. I Love Love Love Love it. A palpable and gripping storyline. Talking horses, suspense, romance and Hot but annoying side characters. An let's not forget Valek Love Valek. Can't get enough of it.

Skipping happily towards book 3
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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 all. Bored at work and needing a creative out ...more
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“Living is a risk,' I snapped at him. 'Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a risk. To survive is to know you're taking that risk and to not get out of bed clutching illusions of safety.” 375 likes
“He made a weak attempt to look innocent, but I knew better. 'Should I guess how many concealed weapons you have or should I strip search you?'

'A strip search is the only way to be absolutely certain.' Valek's deep blue eyes danced with delight.”
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