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Poison Study (The Chronicles of Ixia) af…

Poison Study (The Chronicles of Ixia) (original 2005; udgave 2005)

af Maria V. Snyder (Forfatter)

Serier: Yelena (1), Chronicles of Ixia (1)

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Yelena, about to be executed, is offered the job of food taster to the Commander of Ixia, but politics and magic keep threatening her life.
Titel:Poison Study (The Chronicles of Ixia)
Forfattere:Maria V. Snyder (Forfatter)
Info:Luna (2005), Edition: Original, 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Poison Study af Maria V. Snyder (Author) (2005)

  1. 150
    Graceling af Kristin Cashore (espertus)
    espertus: Both stories of strong but vulnerable young women struggling both for survival and to reconcile with their consciences what they've had to do to survive.
  2. 133
    Dødsspillet af Suzanne Collins (stephxsu, MyriadBooks)
    stephxsu: Similarly intelligent, courageous, and resourceful heroines struggling against a fully realized world. Excellent stuff!
  3. 70
    Slyngelgudens plan af Tamora Pierce (cecilypk)
    cecilypk: both have strong female leads with budding romance and great plots
  4. 40
    The Decoy Princess af Dawn Cook (infiniteletters, CrochetDancer)
  5. 40
    The Magicians' Guild af Trudi Canavan (litaddictedbrit, lottpoet)
    litaddictedbrit: Similarly strong female lead and great magic twists
  6. 40
    Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel) af Sherwood Smith (AmethystFaerie, wordcauldron)
  7. 30
    Touch of Power af Maria V. Snyder (RoxieF)
  8. 41
    Daughter of the Forest af Juliet Marillier (FutureMrsJoshGroban)
  9. 30
    Troubled Waters af Sharon Shinn (aboulomania)
  10. 30
    Spiralcirklens Tempel af Tamora Pierce (terriko)
  11. 30
    Archangel af Sharon Shinn (crazybatcow)
  12. 20
    A College of Magics af Caroline Stevermer (infiniteletters)
  13. 42
    Assassin's Apprentice af Robin Hobb (joyfulgirl)
  14. 20
    Sandry’s Book af Tamora Pierce (terriko)
    terriko: Poison study reminded me of the whole Circle of Magic series, and the Circle Opens one.
  15. 21
    The Well of Shades af Juliet Marillier (Jen7waters)
    Jen7waters: Valek reminds me of Faolan.
  16. 10
    Angel-Seeker af Sharon Shinn (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Very similar romantic fantasy themes. Mature but not graphic.
  17. 10
    The Goose Girl af Shannon Hale (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: Poison Study is more graphic.
  18. 10
    The Fire Rose af Mercedes Lackey (infiniteletters)
  19. 00
    The Drowning City af Amanda Downum (ligature)
  20. 00
    Grave Mercy af Robin LaFevers (wordcauldron)

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“But joy was like a butterfly alighting on a hand; a brief rest before flying away.”

I only found this book by accident while browsing for others and was intrigued by the premise. Yelena has been a prisoner in the dungeons of Ixia for almost an year waiting to be executed as a murderer. When the day arrives, she is summoned by the security chief of the kingdom Valek himself and offered a choice – take the noose or take the position as the Commander’s personal food taster. For her, it’s a simple choice because she wants to live. But she doesn’t realize how tough her job is going to be; there are always going to be people who want to kill the Commander, but seems like there are people who want to kill her too. Additionally, Valek’s training regimen also involves poisoning her food and asking her to identify it, if any. Escaping General Brazell’s assassins, honing her skills, making friends and uncovering the biggest threat to the kingdom in a long time are just some of her accomplishments through the remainder of the book.

“Maybe if I stayed here long enough, my heart would turn to stone. Then betrayals, tests of loyalties and poisons would have no effect on me.”

I loved Yelena’s character. Initially, we can see that she is troubled by her past and has nightmares. We only get to know the truth slowly, as she is coming to terms with the abuse and torture she was subjected to. We realize why she had to commit the murder but she tries to justify what she has done because despite the truth, she still feels guilty. Slowly, with attacks coming from all sides, she decides to take matters into her own hands and takes up self-defense lessons. Death is staring at her everyday, but she still tries to help whoever she can and always regrets leaving others behind in the past. The way her magical powers form an intrinsic part of her is well described in the book and we can feel the way she uses it when she is desperately in need. Her character growth is exceptional and the writing is so impeccable that we feel ourselves on the same journey of growth as her.

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

Valek initially seems like a loyal advisor to the Commander but a psychopath because he torments Yelena. However, we get to know him better through her eyes and he grows on us just as she understands his motivations and his personality. He is extremely brave, loyal and a master strategist and what I loved most about him was that he never left her behind. He was always there for her when she needed him and encouraged her to be self sufficient in case he couldn’t be. As she falls for him, I did too and it just felt right. The romance angle was very subtle in the book but still gave me all the feels. Yelena also befriends Ari and Janco, Captains in the military and they grow so protective of her that they don’t hesitate to put themselves in danger to protect her. I really hope to see more of them in the next book.

“Sieges weathered, fight together, friends forever.”

On the whole, this book really surprised me. It wasn’t the usual fantasy story. There was a lot of discussion about politics in a military establishment, the injustice in the proclamation of blind justice that doesn’t take intention into consideration, the fact that abundance of opportunities don’t necessarily compensate for curtailed freedoms and the guilt that ravages the heart of a rape and abuse survivor. We see all this and more through Yelena’s eyes and find the flaws and faults that can exist even in a kingdom run by an efficient Commander. The characters are great, the plot is mysterious and the writing very imaginative. I really look forward to reading all the books in this series as soon as I can.

“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.” ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Thinking this one might take me another book to really get into the series. A lot going on. Very interesting world. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
A young woman haunted by a ghost she created and plagued by the terrors of her past, yearns for a freedom she will never have. She must play a poisonous game of spies and magicians; in which trust can be earned and lost in mere moments, loyalties can be forged and burned down, and love can perhaps be something more than just a dream.

This book has elements you've seen before arranged in such a way to submerge you before you even realize it. Truly a page turner. ( )
  sraazad | Jul 1, 2021 |
Everything about this book pleased me. Fantasy? Check. Strong female character? Check. Interesting setting? Check. I had to stop myself from skipping paragraphs to see what happened next. I'll be tracking down the sequel shortly. ( )
  taimoirai | Jun 25, 2021 |
I was seriously sick of this by the time it ended.

I went into this expecting a book about magic, poisons, mainly poisons, some romance, some plot, something about her experiences past, and maybe the slightest bit of continuity.

What I got was: ///////////////

You might not get it. See those jagged lines up there. That's what this book was. A roller coaster. One that has no idea when to go up or down. Something that was seriously a bumpy ride in the road.

Maybe I'm being a bit over dramatic. But the best way to describe this plot would be a jagged line, a bumpy road. Most books are smooth roads, with no time skips from paragraph to paragraph, no sudden revelations that have no emotional meaning, scenes done without finesse (I mean someone died, and that was the most anticlimatic scene in the book(it might not have been, given that most of this book was meh).

The first third of this book was absolutely dreadfully boring. After that, it became a bit interesting, which is why I decided to keep going with this. Around 50% into the book is where it really starts, and picks up pace.

A thing which seriously bothered me was, why doesn't she get her period? Or is that not what it's like in this fantasy world. If so, where can I get a ticket? Or not, since I have no wish of ever going into this fantasy world.

Now, spoilers: One thing I didn't get, was the commander portrayed as trans? I'm not trying to be offensive, I'm just genuinely confused as to whether that was the case because I didn't really understand that part?

I seriously hated the time skips in this one. Also, in the beginning Valek moved really fast with her training, too fast I think for a food-taster. I'm pretty sure you need to have a good sense of taste and smell to be a food taster, but here they pick people at random? Also, does it really take only a week or two to train food-tasters? Seriously!?!? Actually it might have been longer than a week or two, but like I said, there were time-skips which really confused me.

I'm just seriously bored with this book, and will most likely not be continuing this series ever in the future. ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
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Shivers, obsession, sleepless nights—these are the results not of one of the milder poisons that novice food-taster Yelena must learn during her harrowing job training but of newcomer Snyder's riveting fantasy that unites the intelligent political focus of George R.R. Martin with a subtle yet potent romance. Through a stroke of luck, Yelena escapes execution in exchange for tasting the food of the Commander, ruler of Ixia. Though confined to a dank prison cell and doomed to a painful death, Yelena slowly blooms again, caught up in castle politics. But some people are too impatient to wait for poison to finish off Yelena. With the help of Valek, her steely-nerved, cool-eyed boss and the Commander's head of security, she soon discovers that she has a starring role to play in Ixia's future—a role that could lead to her being put to death as a budding magician even if she hits each cue perfectly. The first in a series, this is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it.

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"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."
"What have I earned from you, Valek? Loyalty? Respect? Trust?" "You have my attention. But give me what I want, and you can have everything."
"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...but you slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart."
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