Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Review of Shadow Study

Title: Shadow Study
Author: Maria V Snyder
Blurb:

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

A CHRONICLES OF IXIA NOVEL

(Taken from Goodreads)
My Review:

As a big fan of Maria V Snyder's books I knew I had to get my hands on this! This is the latest book by her which is a kind of 'spin off' series of the highly successful Poison Study series.
I really liked the alternate narrative throughout the book; the chapters change point of view (from Yelena to Valek and occasionally Janco). With this, I really felt able to connect with the characters and you got a really good idea of what each were thinking.
Once again, I was drawn into the wondrous landscape and vivid imagery that Snyder creates. The land of Ixia is so incredibly detailed and is really a pleasure to read.
I really enjoyed Valek's trips down memory lane and his past, and I thoroughly enjoyed how even when the circumstances were tough, there was still humour and a bit of light heartedness throughout.
I really enjoyed this book and if you're a fan of Maria you will definitely enjoy this. I love the way Maria can create a story and a setting that never fails to amuse.

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