Poison Study

Poison Study

Book - 2005
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After she is given a reprieve from her death sentence, Yelena faces mounting disasters as rebels plot to seize Ixia, her life is once again threatened, and the chief of security is attempting to poison her.
Publisher: New York : Luna, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780373802302
0373802307
Branch Call Number: SF Snyd
Characteristics: 361 p. ; 25 cm

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Chapel_Hill_AmandaG May 31, 2016

I'm so excited to find a great fantasy series to dive into! This was just the right blend of fantasy, adventure and romance for me. I really enjoyed seeing Yelena become more confident of her abilities throughout the book and I loved that she was such a relateable and likeable heroine. I'm hoping... Read More »


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kwsmith
Dec 03, 2017

In this light and fluffy fantasy/romance novel, a young abused orphan girl suffers greatly before discovering her true powers and possibly her true love. This is a fun fast-paced romp featuring strong female characters, but be prepared to switch off much of your common sense and ignore the many crater-sized plot holes.

Watermelody Nov 15, 2017

Set in a fascinating fantasy setting after a military coup, Yelena has been sentenced to death - *gasp* - but fear not, as at the last moment she is offered instead the role of poison tester for the Commander! Full of intrigue, characters with a pleasing level of sass, and magic, this book is a must-read for any fantasy bookaholic, and is my absolute favourite series.

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nellers
Jul 06, 2017

Loved this book. A little sceptical at first but I ended up not being able to put it down. I continued to read the rest of the series!!!

DBRL_KrisA Nov 26, 2016

Although I found this book in the library's Adult Sci Fi/Fantasy section, it had a very Young Adult feel to it, for the most part. However, there are a few places where I was reminded that this is an adult-level book. There's no explicit sex in the book, but it's clear from the text that they do have sex. Also, since Valek is an assassin and a spy, there's an above-average amount of killing in the book. Add to that the fact that one of the main characters had been raped (prior to the events in the book), and the psychological torture committed on one of the characters, and this is possibly a bit too adult a book for young teens.
Of course, this was right up my alley - not the rape and torture and maiming and killing, but the magic and swords and whatnot. Yelena, condemned to be executed for murdering the son of her benefactor, is given the opportunity by Valek to become the food taster for the Commander, the country's leader. Since plots and intrigues abound, there is a very real chance that she will be poisoned, so by saying yes, she may have only postponed her death. Working for Valek, she is soon caught up in all the aforementioned plots and intrigues, while also trying to avoid attempts on her own life by people hired by her former benefactor. Add some magicians, some nasty-sounding spiders, a snow cat or two, and it's pretty exciting stuff

DBRL_KatSU Aug 05, 2016

This is the first book in a rather addictive series. Yelena is waiting for her death sentence to be carried out, when she is offered a choice: die via her sentence, or become the poison taster of the palace. She chooses the latter, but she still has many more threats against her life. This book has all the things! Magic, adventure, sword fighting, a mounting rebellion, and a touch of romance.

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RedDollface
Jun 12, 2016

Loved this book. Trying to read the whole series.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG May 31, 2016

I'm so excited to find a great fantasy series to dive into! This was just the right blend of fantasy, adventure and romance for me. I really enjoyed seeing Yelena become more confident of her abilities throughout the book and I loved that she was such a relateable and likeable heroine. I'm hoping the rest of the series will live up to the first book!

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nidofito
Dec 20, 2015

Poison Study started out really slow and stupid for me. I kept asking myself why this book was so raved and loved because I didn't get it. But the writing got better as the story settled in and increased in pace.

My favorite aspect of the book was reading Yelena's character growth. It was awesome to read how she trained herself from a frightened, abused girl into a strong young woman.

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white_wolf_80
Oct 13, 2015

Amazing. A must read. Warning: I read it when I was 12, and it contains content for people a bit older than that. All in all a great series, although the 3rd book was hard to get into at first. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

LoganLib_Renee Mar 13, 2015

Love this series!! It's an amazing fantasy adventure that you just can't put down.

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andreareads
Feb 27, 2013

My choice was to be someplace where my life wasn’t in danger. My choice was to be where I didn’t have an assassin for a boss, and some unknown person trying to make my already intense life even more complicated. My choice was freedom.

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andreareads
Feb 27, 2013

I spent the rest of the afternoon learning to punch someone without breaking my hand . . .

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andreareads
Feb 27, 2013

Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust, even harder . . .

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andreareads
Feb 27, 2013

I took a couple of deep breaths and cleared the distressing thoughts of my upcoming trip . . . from my mind. Rubbing my hands along the bow, I concentrated instead on the smooth solidness of the weapon. I hefted it in my grip, trying to make a connection, creating an extension of my thoughts through the bow.
A light vibration tingled through my fingertips as I traced the wood grain. My consciousness flowed through the bow, twisting and turning along the grain, and back along my arm. I possessed the bow and my body at the same time.

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ladytigressa
Jun 10, 2008

"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 break in my ear sent a shiver down my spine...

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mooseors
Apr 23, 2013

Violence: Not much, but a bit.

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mooseors
Apr 23, 2013

Sexual Content: Yup. Quite a bit, but not overly graphic.

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Shenandoah
Jun 12, 2012

Sexual Content: Description of off scene events.

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