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Maria V. Snyder - Yelena 01 - Poison Study · Read more Snyder, Maria V. - Fire Study. Read more Maria V. Snyder- Study 3 - Fire Study. Read more. Fire Study. Chapter 1. “That's pathetic, Yelena.” Dax complained. “An all-powerful Soulfinder who is not all-powerful. Where's the fun in that?” He threw his long. When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated.
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Graceling by Kristin Cashore Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Fire by Kristin Cashore Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne . The Apprenticeship is Over—Now the Real Test has Begun. When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, . Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing since she was bored at work Fire Study. Chronicles of Ixia: Study (Series). Book 3. Maria V. Snyder Author.
Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward.
Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
More Details Original Title. Poison Study 3 , The Chronicles of Ixia 3. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Fire Study , please sign up. Is this this a trilogy? Felicity It is a trilogy with a short story between the first and second book, followed by another trilogy focusing on a side character, and finally the …more It is a trilogy with a short story between the first and second book, followed by another trilogy focusing on a side character, and finally the soulfinders trilogy which returns to the original main character.
There are also i think 3 other novellas but i can't remember where they fit in the series. They are all definitely worth reading though! Leticia Porter how you read every other book???? See all 9 questions about Fire Study…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
Sort order. Feb 05, Lyndsey rated it liked it Shelves: For me, the Study series has been on a descending scale of awesomeness. A jaunty, double-spaced, fried zombie? The first book, Poison Study , was awesome and gave you that happy-go-lucky feeling at the end and you want to yell "weeeeeee".
The second book, Magic Study , was "eh". It felt somewhat disconnected from the original but still good. This third one, Fire Study , was just plain worn-out and over done, too much going on without much really happening. It had it's moments but mostly it For me, the Study series has been on a descending scale of awesomeness. It had it's moments but mostly it was "blah". So if we are going according to the chart, the next book in the Study series should involve zombies!! Let's face it - everything is better with zombies.
But sadly, that epic has never been written and probably never will be. To sum up, the Study series in descending order: In Fire Study, epic fantasy combines with action in the tale of Yelena, a young woman who has recently discovered her magical abilities and shocker! Things I enjoyed about the book: B A very batty spirit guide for your journey. A The endless disguising and playing dress-up.
I found myself bothered by one of the character's story lines and much to my surprise, I was annoyed by his absence. Cahil had begun to grow on me and I don't like it when fluff characters or those who provide comic relief turn into the bad guy, if you can really even call him that.
It just doesn't work for me unless they are absolutely diabolical or pull some kind of switcharoo. A good example that comes to mind is Beware! Harry Potter spoiler - Are there still people who haven't read Harry Potter?
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Now that was a head spinner. Cahil just doesn't work as a villain. In fact, his character could easily have been explored to a much deeper level and used to make the story more interesting. The villains didn't seem to have a face either. The entire book was just kinda of "Yelena against the man ". Who's the man? You ask. That's the question, isnt it? The big bad "they". There was so much mistrust and flip flopping by the characters.
Most of the book, it just wasn't clear who the ultimate evil was or who exactly it was we were fighting against. Now, my answer to the question: My man, at least. So where was he?? I absolutely hated the near disappearance of my two favorite characters, Ari and Janco. Now that is a spin-off I would love!!
I absolutely enjoy a good spinoff. I mean what would life have been without the TV show Angel? But near the beginning, I felt like the circumstances with Opal Cohen were contrived specifically with the intent to launch the spin-off series.
These parts were very interesting; I just wish that we could have seen a greater effect overall on the story. Although, I really did enjoy the way Opal's ability came into play at the end. Throughout a good portion of the book, Yelena's is accompanied by her storyweaver and official guru, Moon Man.
He is funny, wise, and great - but only to an extent. His impact is lessened when he is around soooo much, especially near the beginning. Did Yoda follow Luke Skywalker around throughout the entire original trilogy?
No, because he's too damn smart for that. Also, was Yoda constantly naked? Because he's too damn smart for that. Or - maybe it was just because he was out of his prime. Really though. Moon Man is always naked. Geez, Moon Man, what do you think this is - Frikkin Survivor? Should I call you Richard Hatch? Don't worry.
No visual aid for that one. Your welcome! My favorite quote from this book is a simple but adorable one by Leif: Valek was hardly around at all in this one as well. But it didn't bother me anyway because his character had basically become mush. He used to be gruff and masculine, now he's all "blah blah, lovey dovey". I know - I have a way with words, don't I? He was not at all the Valek I loved in the first book. I miss him. The audio was very good although sometimes unintentionally funny.
Sound quality was beautiful and professional. The narrator's voice was usually very smooth; I just got a kick out of the various voices. But I am "easily giggled. But overall, an enjoyable series.
The best of which is the first book and I would definitely recommend you read Poison Study. My review for the first book: Poison study Second book: Magic Study View all 38 comments. Do you know how long it took me to finish this?
Too long. But I acknowledge that's not saying much when even a few seconds of this masterpiece of boredom would have been too long.
After finishing Magic Study , I knew that it would be a mistake to pick up the third book. But I already had it, and I still retained a little hope that it could be better after all, and I wanted to be done with this series, and well, I guess I'm just a finisher by nature.
So sue me. Even though one of all the horrible Do you know how long it took me to finish this? Even though one of all the horrible books I force myself to finish no matter what will kill me one day or the other. It's just written in the stars. They are insignificant. They try to make of Yelena a complex protagonist struggling to get hold of her immense magical powers I thought nothing could bring me to detest that trope, which I swear, it's one of my all-time favorites and miserably fail.
Her relationship with Valek can be generously summarized with a nonchalant "Hey, here you are! Where have you been and why are you here? The plot goes round and round never taking a step forward just to pad the story out. And to think the first book was so delicious. What happened? View all 12 comments. Apr 04, Angie rated it it was ok Shelves: Snyder 's Study Trilogy. Though she is currently working on a new series following a side character from the Study books, this is the last one to center on the adventures of Yelena, the convicted murderer, turned poison taster, turned diplomatic liaison.
I felt blue because I'd been expecting more and I ended up finishing it more out of a feeling of obligation than because I was truly engrossed. The story picks up shortly after the events of Magic Study leave off. Yelena, her brother Leif, and the mercurial Moon Man are busy trying to mop up the Soulstealer's mess and dealing with accusations from the Mage's Council.
First Magician Roze Featherstone is calling for Yelena's head on a platter and there is little rest for the weary on the horizon. The problem is, very little happens from this point on. Or rather, very little new stuff happens. What there is is page after page of no one believing Yelena that Roze really is That Evil. Page after page of people stabbing each other with curare left and right and waking up from being stabbed.
Page after page of no Valek. And when he is there Yelena's not letting him help her.
Instead she spends the majority of her time worrying about his potential demise and trying to protect him from a threat he's much better equipped to deal with than anyone else in the book. Towards the last three quarters of the story, the characters do start to wake up and act like themselves. They begin to deal with some of the meatier issues hanging over them just as the book reaches its end. And I felt myself wondering what took them so long? And wishing that the wonderfully dark, emotional atmosphere and tension from Poison Study were present here.
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Because I missed them. View all 10 comments. Oct 18, Anja H. It's the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow. So sad to see this series end I need more Yelena and Valek, duh in my life! This book didn't quite reach the high standards I'd set because of the previous two books though. The first pages which is pretty much half of this book dragged on and were a bit repetitive even.
Always the same curare shit, Yelena trying to save the day but kind of failing to do so At some point I was so annoyed with it all that I wanted to quit! The last pages made up for A LOT though! So many things happened in such quick succession that I still haven't wrapped my head around most of it lol. The second part definitely had me on the edge of my seat pretty much the entire time. View 2 comments.
Feb 10, Felicia rated it liked it Shelves: Well, I was obsessed with Poison Study, and Magic Study was pretty good, but this book really didn't satisfy. I found myself skimming it a lot, and I felt bad doing it. For some reason the whole reason I liked the series in the first place dwindled throughout this concluding novel to where I forgot what charmed me in the first place. It wasn't horrible, just not the direction I wanted or expected it to go.
I will read this authors future work, definitely, but will not be putting this book in the "keeper" pile with Poison Study. What a pity. This is the only coherent thought in my mind after finishing the Study series.
After an oustanding debut followed by a mediocre sequel, the final installment was NOT the proper ending to something that could have been memorable. Not because of the way it ended, because that was pretty satisfying. In fact, it got 2 stars from me instead of one just because Snyder eventually delivered what is so painfully expected throughout the whole - excessively long - book.
If I had to describe in What a pity. If I had to describe in two words, I'd say: Man, was I bored. The first pages about the rescue mission in the Daviian plains were loooong and boooooring and just superfluous. I caught myself skipping parts, wandering with my mind elsewhere - the Beauty and the Beast cartoon that my kids were watching was more interesting at times - and just being outright irritated with the dragging on and on and on.
What happened to Snyder? Where's the fantastic first book?? It looks like somebody else wrote it. Yelena was one of my biggest problems in this book. In the first one, I loved her, related to her, felt sad and sympathized with her and her predicament.
She is THE heroine. In this book, she just pissed me off the whole time. What an unlikable character. She makes mistakes the whole time, never listens to anybody, messes up continuously so much I just felt like smacking her and sending HER freaking soul to the underworld. And it doesnt get much better with the other characters, either.
Valek appears yet again really late in the book - yes, after that tiresome neverending rescue mission - and again is so secondary to the character of Yelena he seems there just to be her supporting actor. I can safely say that the most interesting character in this book for me is KIKI Plot-wise, I wonder if Snyder brainstormed and then forgot to give it a sense before jotting it down.
It is intricated, convoluted and so badly planned, sometimes it looks as if the author changed her mind about the sequence of happenings WHILE she was actually writing it down. Not nice and difficult to follow. And uninteresting, I'd say. So sadly and with my heart torn to pieces, I give this book 2 stars only because it ended ok. But really, giving birth to my two kids was easier than reading this.
View all 11 comments. Feb 14, Ben Alderson rated it it was ok. Life is to short to force yourself to finish a book.
Liked the beginning, that was about it. Finally giving up after a week or two! Yelena is so determined, clever, strong, and stubborn, which makes for a very enjoyable protagonist, but for some reason, it took me about pages before I actually got into the storyline.
The pacing for this novel was all over the place. She became a rather cruel and manipulative person, who justified actions that, deep down, she knew were wrong. At least her brother, Leif, called her out on it: The fire brought my real sister back. They were such fundamental characters in the first instalment of this trilogy, Poison Study, yet they only became involved in the plot more than halfway through the book. They deserved A LOT more attention in this series!!! Grrr… Hopefully, this shall be remedied in the Soulfinders trilogy.
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His actions made no sense and he kept flip-flopping on his goals. Did he want to rule Ixia by any means possible, or not? I found this subplot to be completely unnecessary. He kept giving me whiplash, whenever he popped up in the book. This review sounds SO negative …I swear I did like this book!!!
P Speaking of Valek, he and Yelena made an adorable couple and I love them so, so much! They were so loyal and respectful to each other. They can take care of themselves and admire each other for their individual strengths.
They knew that they loved each other, but focused on the task at hand, rather than fixating on kissing each other, like some couples that I could mention in various YA series… Valek is and always will be the highlight of the Study trilogy for me! Interesting how life goes on in spite of itself. They were so funny and protective of Yelena, their adoptive little sister.
My favourite sassy, little horse, Kiki , was amazing, as well! With her simplistic ideologies of the world, it would be a happier place if she were in charge. View all 14 comments. Wow, I can hardly believe the series ends like this. Poison Study was amazing, Magic Study was awful, and although Fire Study is slightly better than the second book, it's still not as good as the first one.
Yelena spends the largest part of the book chasing bad guys, the Master Magicians and the Council of Sitia are still suspicious of her and her rare magical abilities, and again we have a rogue magician coming after Yelena for mysterious reasons. However, after the quest Yelena and Co. Now I like politics as much as the next PoliSci-student, but these discussions were just pointless and killed the tension and the story-flow.
What happened to the brave, intelligent Yelena I got to know in Poison Study!? The earlier family bonding between Leif and Yelena is forgotten and Leif becomes distrustful and broody again. Janco and Ari are only there to provide comic relief, and Kiki the horse is more helpful than those two combined. Not even the bad guys have a logical reason to be evil! Which is pretty awful considering Yelena Vs. The One True Villain is the main- and final battle of this book.
In the end we do get the answer to "who is it? Leif and the other Master Magicians studied and worked with her for years and never noticed anything wrong?
Letting Gede be the main villain, considering his history with Guyan and the Sandseeds, would be the only logical choice.
Maria Snyder has no problem letting her characters act completely out of character to keep the story going. She wants to tell a story that involves political intrigues, magic battles, and strong characters that can deal with all that evil. However the characters should be the ones that move the story forward, not the plot itself.
To not finish the review on an unhappy note, here is what I did like about Fire Study and why I gave it 1 star more than the second book. The hunt for Cahill and Ferde in the first part of the book was really exciting and had some great, tense scenes.
The bonding between Leif and Yelena was, as long as it lasted, amazing. I always knew that there was more to Leif that we got to see, and book 3 proved me right. I also loved how real Yelena was about her narrow knowledge of magic, no matter how strong her own powers were. And the whole book had a continuous pace Vs. Magic Study that suddenly went from 30 to Fire Study was an okay book, but the unoriginal plot and the OCC-ness of the characters really bothered me.
Read here my other reviews of the Study trilogy: I loved Valek, his loyalty and respect for her.
And I loved their independent relationship so freaking much! Valek and Yelena love each other, but they don't spend every minute of every day together. Or constantly whining and thinking about each other and nothing else. They do other important things - like their job - first. Get things done and then comes anything else. And you know what? I loved this aspect of their relationship so so much! They are not only loyal to one another, but also to their work - Valek to the Commander - and their countries.
Valek knows that Yelena can protect and take care of herself very well.
He admires her strength and intelligence. She makes her own decisions without him interfering. They are equal. As they should be. As every couple should be. But the sad truth is, it's pretty rare in YA literature. And I have to say it again - I love them so freaking much! They're one of my biggest otp. And you know what, I even started to like Leif, Yelena's brother, which I didn't think was possible when reading Magic Study. Ari and Janco were perfect duo as always. Fire Study was full of action, intrigue, magic and friendship.
That's not nice, considering all your sister has done for you," admonished Perl. How could I forget that she made me bait for a snake, left me on house arrest in Ixia, and smuggled me into the Keep in a coffin. I ended up finishing this because my curiosity has been restored. Seriously, I couldn't even with this anymore. It was bleh Yup, it was bleh. This is my review. It was clear that she'd always been a strong person, and her strength of character and will is what allowed herself to emerge from the fires that had potential to destroy her.
Instead, she was honed by those fires and made stronger.
I'm not very good at political stuff. I have my own way of looking at things, and it makes my interpretation of political stances, parties, affiliations, and governmental structures very against type. I think it was interesting to see the inner workings of the system that the Commander had set up through Yelena's eyes.
In many ways, going from a monarchy to what appeared to be a dictatorship was an improvement. However, there were many restrictions imposed on the people as a result of that same government. Opportunities were open that weren't before. The government was set up to encourage fairness and to discourage waste. The downside was, anytime you have people in a system, it's going to be flawed, because people are flawed.
So this system was not perfect. Through Yelena's eyes, I was able to see this all playing out. I started this review by saying that this book was written with a simple use of language.
I found that this narrative style was a bit deceptive. You might think this story is basic on first glance, but that's far from the truth. There is a lot going on here. I liked that Ms. Snyder left it up to the reader to interpret the events through her own eyes. I like how she slowly reveals aspects of the characters until the fullest picture comes to mind.
That was the best way to write about a character like Valek. When he comes on the scene, he doesn't seem that grand.
He seems like a puppet in the political structure of Ixia. But, if I had continued to see him that way, I would have been missing out on a lot. You see, Valek is not the puppet. He's the puppetmaster. He is an extremely intelligent and cunning spymaster, a swordsman without equal, and a deadly assassin. He's so matter-of-fact and without flare, so you don't see him truly unless you look deeper. He holds his allegiance to Commander Ambrose very sacredly, but that doesn't mean he doesn't always agree with the rules that the Commander has instituted.
That he cannot see justice done in his own way. Through Yelena's eyes, we see how the perception of Valek expands to show who and what he really is. I fell in love with him as Yelena did. I'm a romantic at heart, and I will always be. I loved the burgeoning relationship between Yelena and Valek. How they slowly worked their way into each others' hearts, through proximity and the fact that they saw something in each other that resulted in an irresistible draw to each other.
It's clear from the beginning, through the eyes of others around Yelena and Valek, and through Valek's actions, that he cherishes Yelena. It's a subtle but at the same time, pretty obvious thing.Seriously, I couldn't even with this anymore.
Increasing the power, I aimed again. Now that was a head spinner. I gathered a strand to me and directed it to the candle, willing a flame to form. Up until about three-quarters of the way through, I was afraid I was going to end up hating it.
I just do.
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