Book Recommendation: Shadow Study

Never underestimate the power of capes

This is the third book I’ve read this year where an author returned to a fictional world they had previously written about. Since it’s so early into 2015, I hope this grows into a trend. Because I love sequels.

So what’s Shadow Study‘s original recipe? That would be Poison Study which, if you haven’t read it and aren’t familiar, is awesome and highly highly recommended.

Once you’ve read that, here’s what Shadow Study‘s about:

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d 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, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job and his life are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous…

You know things are bad when being a poison taster was the easy job.

What Intrigued Me: Simple. I’ve read all of the Study books (and the spinoff Glass series). I’m nowhere close to stopping. So as long as Maria V. Snyder is going to keep writing them, I’m going to keep reading them.

What Hooked Me: There’s a new girl in town. Her name is Oonora, and she’s very good with a knife. And that’s enough for me.

What Made Me Fall In Love: Over the years, Snyder’s world has had a lot of memorable characters. A lot of people reader’s have grown attached to. And they’re all here. All of them.

And they all get a say.

Backstreet’s Back!

Shadow Study is available February 24 from online retailers or your local bookstore. Drop by to grab a copy and catch up with old friends.

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