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Maria V. Snyder - Yelena 02 - Magic gaquavervahip.gq - gaquavervahip.gq gaquavervahip.gq Views. 5 years ago. Irys, · Cahil, · Leif, · Valek, · Tula, · Goel, · Bain, · Magician, · Janco. Magic Study. Chapter 1. “We're here,” Irys said. I looked around. The surrounding jungle bulged with life. Overgrown green bushes blocked our path, vines hung. Philippine Constitution of the Republic of the gaquavervahip.gq KB Shadow Study - Maria V. gaquavervahip.gq KB Especially Scent of Magic?.
After Irys disappeared into the green canopy, I set my boot on the bottom rung. My feet felt as if they were swollen with water, weighing me down. Reluctance clung to my legs as I dragged them up the ladder. In mid-air, I paused. What if I were too old to be bothered with? All the children who had already found their homes had been immediately accepted.
Between the ages of seven and thirteen, they had been separated from their families for only a few years. Physical resemblances, ages, and even names had made it easy to place them. Now, we were down to four. The identical twins, Gracena and Nickeely were thirteen. May was the youngest at twelve, and I was the oldest of the group at twenty. According to Irys, the Zaltanas had lost a six-year-old girl over fourteen years prior.
That was a long time to be away. I was no longer a child. The minds of all of the other kidnapped children, who were older than me and who had developed magical powers, had been wiped clean by Mogkan and Reyad after the children reached maturity.
Mogkan had used the magic of these now mindless captives to enhance his own, making the children nothing more than living bodies without souls. Irys bore the burden of informing the families of these children, and I had felt some guilt. Thinking about my struggles in Ixia led to thoughts of Valek.
An ache for him chewed at my heart. Hooking an arm around the ladder, I fingered the butterfly pendant he had carved for me. Perhaps I could devise a way to return to Ixia. After all, the magic in my body no longer flared out of control, and I would much rather be with him than among these strange southerners who lived in the trees.
Even the name of the south, Sitia, felt thick as rancid syrup in my mouth. While shorter than most Ixians at five foot four inches, my body had transformed from emaciated to muscular during my last year in Ixia. The difference had been in my living arrangements. I shook my head, banishing those thoughts and concentrating on my immediate circumstances.
Climbing up the rest of the ladder, I expected it to end at a wide branch or a platform in the tree like a landing on a staircase. Instead, I entered a room. I looked around in amazement. The walls and ceiling of the room were formed by branches and limbs that had been roped together.
Sunlight leaked in between the gaps. Bundled sticks had been worked into chairs that had cushions made of leaves. The small room held only four seats. Green gel had been combed into his hair and smeared over all his exposed skin. A bow and a quiver of arrows hung over his shoulder. I guessed he was the guard. Why, though, would he need a weapon if he were the magician who had frozen us? Then again, Irys had deflected that spell with ease.
Could she turn aside an arrow as well? I paced the narrow space. The guard seemed to disappear through the wall, but upon investigation, I discovered a gap that led to a bridge also made of branches. Unannounced visitors are extremely rare. Look at you. These people are your family. Very annoying. However, that perfume pump used to defeat Ferde bad guy was amusing, but daft. Why not just use one of those ingenious little darts like everyone else.
Instead, Yelena storms in with armed with a squirt bottle, lol. If you are reading Magic Study because you adored Poison Study, please be warned. This book pales in comparison and will ruin your view of the characters you love. View all 30 comments.
The characters satisfied me to no end, the plot kept me engaged but more importantly, I loved and respected the way Maria V. Snyder handled sexual violence in the story. I was so close to giving this the full rating for that alone and in fact, would have, had it not been for one thing that, in hindsight, might seem minor but it was enough to genuinely irk me as it was one of my biggest peeve 4. I was so close to giving this the full rating for that alone and in fact, would have, had it not been for one thing that, in hindsight, might seem minor but it was enough to genuinely irk me as it was one of my biggest peeves in books.
As Yelena continues her trials of fitting in, she is taken to study magic with the Four Magicians. In her studies, she learns that rules are set but adhering to them is a different story. In comparison to Poison Study, which I also loved, this one is much more complicated with countless subplots that emerge but never feel long-winded or overwrought in any way, even when combining new world-building elements.
Aside from certain problems, problems I'll in no way forgive however much I loved the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it down to the last age. One thing that really struck me and that I applaud Maria V. Snyder was how maturely and sensitively she dealt with the complexities and darkness of sexual violence.
Now to what got under my skin: I love Yelena as a MC. She never whines or complains about her fate but takes charge where she can and deals with it the best way she can. It was all going so smoothly until Snyder did the one thing that irritates me to no end. Making Yelena incredibly, almost unbecomingly and dangerously impulsive: Snap judgments, quick decisions, charging full-speed ahead without thinking beyond the now was one of her biggest and not-so-charming weaknesses.
Her callousness and always diving headfirst into whatever bad situation with no thought to how her rash decisions impacted those around her, especially when the stakes are so high, i.
Every time something went wrong, there goes Yelena to the rescue! I hated it. And of course, who needs plan B? Because an overconfident Yelena never seems the need for backup plans.
When a character suddenly and out of nowhere becomes a master at everything. Fantastic, still alright so far. Almost there Just hold on now Forget the mysterious long-lost magic, our dearest Yelena also gets an offer to become, wait for it, a master magician! She's a soulcaster, a soulfinder, why not throw in a Four Magician as well? WHY did this have to be part the story?? Not Magic Mastery. Let her study the damn magic, for heaven's sake. Aside from that, folks, fantastic book!
View all 24 comments. More like 2. However, right about page to something went wrong wi More like 2. However, right about page to something went wrong with this book. There were simply too many repetitions of the same scenarios for one story. In that respect Alea's story line should have been omitted altogether. Action is important, but not at the expense of the structure of the book. And as the amount of action increased, the quality of the writing suffered - the book took a very juvenile tone IMO.
Another aspect I didn't like - Valek's role in the book. For one, he was absent until about page and when he finally appeared, most of the time his only purpose was to provide stud services for Yelena no graphic details here to my chagrin. Where were the partnership between the two, the teamwork? I was so irritated by these issues that I was about to give the book 2 stars, but somehow the last chapter pulled the story together and left me feeling satisfied.
In the end, I did enjoy the book for the most part, in spite of many flaws, but unfortunately my expectations for the next book in the trilogy "Fire Study" and for the writer in general definitely diminished. View all 17 comments. Fluff and hot air, hot air and fluff. I'll see if a full review is worth my time. Now I've read the third book and I can rightly say it: Pardon me this time around. View all 8 comments. To survive is to know you're taking that risk and to not get out of bed clutching illusions of safety.
My love for her just grows because of how strong she is becoming and how much of a better heroine she is willing to make herself. I don't think I've ever loved a female protagonist so much.
She keeps everything so balanced.
The only thing I wanted was for her to make some changes in her plans. Instead of her making them, they were made by themselves. Because of this magic she has found out about herself, she must return home and meet her family to see what they are able to do. But even though Yelena knows her position in being the foot taster for poisons, she misses it. She doesn't like being with her relatives that don't fully recognize her and even accept her, but rather she misses being home in Ixia with the man she discovered she has fallen for, her friends who were able to give her some basic training, and the background she grew accustomed to.
But even though Yelena doesn't care much about her relatives and people she grew up with accepting her for the person who reeks of blood and has killed and been training. All she knows is she's ready to start magic training. She's been given the choice as she did when she was about to be executed: Grow her power or be put to death.
But when Yelena decides to make plans for her trip and see how she can grow stronger and become a better person, they decide to take a turn and she becomes the problem of the lost Ixia prince. Even though she has made enemies, Yelena doesn't give up in learning these new abilities she has been told about.
Even if it means taking them down herself. But Yelena knows she's got help from her old friends.
What is their ship name? I just wanted those ship names to keep floating on the ocean. I wanted Valek to call her my love a lot more times then he really did, I wanted them to kick ass together, I wanted them to surpass anyone that got in their way, I wanted them to go home and have their moments together, hell, I wanted them to go to the room and have one of those moments together!
Shit am I a pervert??
Well I'm sorry I blame Maria for introducing me to these two and loving them both together and by together I mean them being together. Since Valek confessed to Yelena in Poison Study and admitted she has poisoned him, I was so happy and I squealed because all I had been waiting for is for them to admit their love and kiss.
I also wanted Janco and Ari to grow a better friendship with Yelena and for Irys to join the "squad. But even when I was hoping many other things, I got a few of them. I'm not giving up on the series! Even if the books either fade with the rave or everything just gets better as the series continues, or well, continues for me, I will keep reading it.
Yes, I live for Valek and Yelena. But I'm here for Maria's writing and for her beautiful Chronicles of Ixia series. I just want more Janco, Ari, and Velena moments. Please don't kill me I don't know what their ship name is. The writing in this novel was better, I will admit. It makes me upset how I loved Poison Study so much and I was so excited to get my hands on Magic Study and see what adventure Yelena would have, but then I regret all the excitement.
Yelena didn't have a fun adventure. Well, not like the one in Poison Study. In this novel, she was rather not fully accepted by her family and there were assumptions, concerns and feelings about her not being a Zaltana. But after she proved herself that she is the "lost child of Ixia" and Yelena Zaltana, she was able to prove herself worthy of her care and her magic and abilities as well.
Yelena grew stronger, and I loved that about her! She was able to keep others out of her mind and control her power even when at the same time, she was still learning. Again, Maria did an amazing job on that! Maria is one of those authors where she keeps the characters balanced. They are learning something while keeping their abilities balanced without messing up and ruining everything.
Yelena was still the strong heroine and she was only growing stronger! I literally fell in love with all 3 since the beginning. Valek is still that loyal guard of the Commander and Janco and Ari are still those 2 friends that are able to make fun of Yelena and embarrass her in a small and quick way.
Maybe things will change in Fire Study and developments will be made. I'm gonna continue with the series. I've been captivated by it since I first read the blurb. Hopefully all of that is true. Hopefully Yelena doesn't become weak and spoiled. Hopefully there are no characters that grow a hatred from me.
And hopefully, I am just praying , that the love interest doesn't change and Yelena doesn't back up from Valek, only deciding to go with some other guy. Or the other way around. Hopefully Valek doesn't turn into a lying asshole. Hopefully Janco and Ari don't end up annoying me and ruining their friendship with Yelena. And hopefully Valek doesn't decide to leave Yelena for "someone better. View 2 comments. I'm kind of conflicted on my rating because I DO love this world and the characters. But the writing is a bit dry and the plot felt kind of recycled here And that's just not particularly something I want to read about in the first place.
Yelena returns to her childhood home after dropping off the rest of the missing girls from the first book. She spends a few chapters trying to become reacquainted with her family.
Her broth I'm kind of conflicted on my rating because I DO love this world and the characters. Her brother last saw her when she was 6, but still says "My sister would be reveling in her freedom, and wrapped with hatred for her captors. You have lost your soul to the north. You are not my sister.
It would have been better if you had died than returned to us tainted. While training, she learns she's able to control other people's bodies, read minds and communicate with her horse, which was odd , and might even be powerful enough to wake the dead. So there was a hint of super special snowflake magic and a love triangle with a royal guy, but the plot didn't rely on any of that too heavily.
The last part of the book sort of fell apart as it went through the same sort of situations that filled the rest of the story Yelena escaped more terrible scenarios yet again. The end. The events were intense and there was potential for an engaging, fast-paced plot! But the writing stayed pretty dull the whole way through no matter what was happening. I'll still read the sequel because I like this world, but hopefully it's more interesting and there's some other conflict besides all of the repeated violence against women.
View all 4 comments. D There was mystery, action, adventure, fantasy, magic, friendship, family, AND romance! This was a wonderful sequel that had me engrossed in its fast-paced storylines from beginning to end. Maria V. Snyder also impressively used her novel as a platform to discuss sensitive topics such as sexual violence and gender biases. Magic Study continues a mere few weeks after the ending of Poison Study.
An orphan no longer, Yelena travels to the exotic, southern land of Sitia in order to reunite with her lost family and to hone her magical abilities before she accidentally harms others, or even herself. I found Sitia to be so much more interesting than the militant, northern land of Ixia. It was also fascinating to learn what the Sitians knew of the Ixians, such as their innate hatred of our beloved Valek.
Think before you act, Yelena, come on You barely have any magical training whatsoever!!! She was such a sassy little horse and the true MVP of the novel. However, I adore her tree-dwelling parents and her cousin, Nutty. View all 10 comments. Dec 23, Lyndsey rated it liked it Shelves: Considering how often Yelena was injured, captured, and beat-to-a-pulp in this follow-up to Poison Study - I felt this picture summed it up best: There are considerably more DOH!
Quite a few times, I felt myself wanting to smack some sense into Yelena. Especially toward the beginning of the book, she didn't seem to be her reliable calculating and resourceful old self. Instead of reading, like I did with Poison Study, I listened to the Considering how often Yelena was injured, captured, and beat-to-a-pulp in this follow-up to Poison Study - I felt this picture summed it up best: The narrator was good, although not the best.
She had great inflections and tone to her voice and never became tiresome. However, I found her choice of individual voices a great source of amusement. Some males had a distinct femininity and some females sounded much too masculine. There wasn't always consistency with accents as well. Two of the side characters, Bain and Reyad had what sounded like a mix of Irish and Scottish accents with Bain sounding much too feminine. I actually thought he was a woman for quite a while. Valek, Yelena's love interest, had a slight female sounding voice as well with a mix of a British and Australian accent.
Cahil, Yelena's frenemy, came off as a surfer-slash-stoner. The student Gelsie sounded just like the horse Kiki. That's right. A talking horse!! But it's not what you might think. She's no Mister Ed. Like a Russian body building Cher now that's a mental image. Ari and Janco, however, sounded exactly how I felt they should. In fact, it made me want to listen to Poison Study just to hear some of their hilarious exchanges.
The voices also got me thinking about how the narrator decides who gets what voice. Do they consult with the author or just make it up as they go? Do they even read the book first? If memory serves me right, it seems like she started out pronouncing Dax as Dox, then switched halfway through the book. Was she corrected or had she just forgotten how she pronounced his name before? In this book, Yelena refers to her tactics against her foes as her "rush into a situation and hope for the best" method, but I don't think she gives herself enough credit.
As her relationships with various new characters progress, she takes on a new role. Team member. Often, she at least seems to be thinking ahead but mostly she relies heavily on others, as opposed to her old self, who trusted and counted on no one. This doesn't come off as a strength or a weakness, she just tends to find herself in need of help more often. All of that is an inevitability with the expanding cast of characters and friends. Valek wasn't in this book nearly as much.
I felt their relationship went from "summer lovin" to "you're the that I want" a little too fast. In the Poison Study, their relationship developed slowly. It seemed they were a little too connected in this one. A little more than I believed, at least since it's common knowledge that he would easily kill her if asked to by his Commander.
Now come closer, so I can slit your throat because I was commanded to. I really wished the storyline with Ferda had been completely wrapped up. I was looking forward to a new big bad in Fire Study, because this guy creeps me out. That's the mark a good villain, though. Overall, Maria's prose is lovely. No out of place descriptions or metaphors this time. The character development was decent and mostly believable.
This one just didn't draw me in the way the first one did. I felt a lot of disconnect. I am still looking forward to the next, mainly in hopes of more Ari and Janco time!
My review for the first book: Poison Study My review for the third book: Fire Study I loved the first half, same vibes of Poison Study. Yelena was discovering her magic and starting a new life in Sitia. She meets some great and bad people there. The first part of the second half and all the events with Ferde weren't so impressive, though. It got slightly better with the Ixians arrival and the last chapter was promising.
I think my main problem was with the villain, a different sort of villain would've been appreciated since this one was similar to Ryad sadist and rapist and I loved the first half, same vibes of Poison Study.
I think my main problem was with the villain, a different sort of villain would've been appreciated since this one was similar to Ryad sadist and rapist and like in Poison Study both want the magic of some people. I wanted to see her connect with her family more, a deep relationship not just spare them the pain of the my horrors and the nice parents.
I wanted more complexity. Leif is another story, can't say anything about him to avoid spoilers but even with the end, I still don't like him. Overall I enjoyed this book, while I wasn't disappointed, i wasn't wowed either.
Poison Study is better true, but this book is still worth it. I lowered my expectations because of the negative reviews, they have a point but I love the characters too much: Dax, Zitora and Bain are cool too. Now fingers crossed for the last book. I looked around in amazement.
The walls and ceiling of the room were formed by branches and limbs that had been roped together. Sunlight leaked in between the gaps. Bundled sticks had been worked into chairs that had cushions made of leaves. The small room held only four seats. Green gel had been combed into his hair and smeared over all his exposed skin. A bow and a quiver of arrows hung over his shoulder. I guessed he was the guard.
Why, though, would he need a weapon if he were the magician who had frozen us? Then again, Irys had deflected that spell with ease. Could she turn aside an arrow as well? I paced the narrow space. The guard seemed to disappear through the wall, but upon investigation, I discovered a gap that led to a bridge also made of branches.
Unaccompanied visitors are extremely rare. With the constant danger of jungle predators, most travelers hire a Zaltana guide. These people are your family.
Why would they want to hurt you? With effort, I relaxed my posture. Fear of the unknown had caused me to clench. For as long as I could remember in Ixia, I had been told my family was dead. Lost to me forever. Even so, I used to dream of finding an adopted family who would love and care for me.
You need them more than you know. You freely gave me a pathway to your mind by accepting me as your mentor. It would be easier to divert a waterfall than to break our link. That was all that was needed to forge a bond. We wound our way through the treetops.
Hallways and bridges connected room after room high above the land. There had been no hint of this maze of dwellings from the ground. From glimpses into the rooms, I saw they were decorated with items found in the jungle. Coconut shells, nuts, berries, grasses, twigs and leaves were all artfully arranged into wall hangings, book covers, boxes and statues.
Someone had even fashioned an exact replica of one of those long-tailed animals by using white and black stones glued together. Very intelligent and playful. There are millions of them in the jungle. Remember how they spied on us from the trees? In other rooms, I spotted more animal replicas made from different colored stones.
A hollowness touched my throat as I thought of Valek and the animals he carved out of rocks. I knew he would appreciate the craftsmanship of these stone statues. Perhaps I could send one to him.
The Commander had exiled me to Sitia when he had discovered I possessed magical powers. We entered a large, round common room where about two hundred people gathered. It appeared the entire settlement was here. People filled the benches of carved wood that circled a huge fire pit made of stone. Talk ceased the minute we entered. All eyes focused on me. My skin crawled. I felt as if they were examining every inch of my face, my clothes and my muddy boots.
I stifled the desire to hide behind Irys. At last, an older man stepped forward. Are you Yelena Liana Zaltana? That name sounded so formal, so connected, so foreign. A young man a few years older than I pushed through the crowd.
He stopped next to the Elder. Squinting hard, his jade-eyed gaze bore into mine.
A mixture of hatred and revulsion creased his face. I felt a slight touch of magic brush my body. Abhorrence and outrage gripped the now hostile faces in the room. I found myself behind Irys, hoping to block the negative force emanating from so many eyes.
Do I not? I suggest you find out what your sister has had to deal with in Ixia before you accuse her. The muscles on his neck pulled taut as he swallowed what might have been a reply.
I risked another peek around the room. Now contemplative, worried and even sheepish looks peppered the group. The Zaltana women wore sleeveless dresses or skirts and short-sleeved blouses with bright flora patterns on them.
The hemlines reached to their knees. The men of the clan wore light-colored tunics and plain pants. All the Zaltanas were barefoot, and most had lean builds and bronze skin.
I grabbed her arm. I have a brother? One side of her mouth quirked up. A brother. Your only sibling. My luck was holding steady.
I had thought my troubles were over when I had left the Territory of Ixia. Why should any of this surprise me? While all the other Sitians lived in villages on the ground, my family resided in the trees. I studied Leif, searching for a resemblance. His stocky muscular build and square face stood out compared to the rest of the lithe clan.
Only his black hair and green eyes matched my own features. During the awkward moments that followed, I wished for an invisibility spell, and reminded myself to ask Irys if there were such a spell. An older woman about my height approached us. As she neared she shot Leif a powerful glance, and he hung his head. Without warning, she embraced me. I flinched for a heartbeat, uncertain. Her hair smelled like lilacs. Wrapping my arms around this woman, I bawled.
Fourteen years without a mother had made me believe I could be stoic when I finally met her. During the journey south, I had imagined I would be curious and unemotional. Nice to make your acquaintance, but we really need to get to the Citadel.
But I was woefully unprepared for the torrent of emotions that racked my body. I clung to her as if she alone kept me from drowning. From a distance, I heard Bavol Cacao. The Fourth Magician is our guest. We need a proper feast for tonight. Petal, make up the guest rooms. The room was almost empty when the woman—my mother—released me from her arms. And if she were, did I have the right to call her by that name after so many years away?
She pulled a strand of black hair from her face. Streaks of gray painted her long braids, and her pale green eyes shone with unshed tears. Glancing around, I looked for my father. Another word that threatened to ruin what little dignity I had remaining. I followed her gaze and saw Leif standing near us; his arms crossed over his chest and his hands bunched into fists.
Come give your sister a proper greeting. He turned his back on us and stalked away. He had trouble dealing with your disappearance.
He can sense where and what a person has been doing. Not specifics, but general feelings. The Council calls on him to help solve crimes and disputes, and to determine if a person is guilty or not. What about you, Yelena? I feel the magic coursing through you. What is your talent? We have yet to determine her specialty. I have taken her under my wing.
She has gained some measure of control. Bavol Cacao stepped to my rescue. Please let me escort your party to your rooms so you may freshen up and rest efore the feast.
Her grip tightened when Irys and the three girls moved to follow Bavol Cacao to our rooms. With all that had happened today, my mother had still managed to notice the clothes I wore.