Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review: Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Mira
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.
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,

I read (and liked) the Study books, but I never went any further with The Chronicles of Ixia and read the Glass stuff.
Maybe I should have.
Or maybe I should have at least re-read the original books with Yelena and Valek, because I was sort of lost during Shadow Study.
Having said that, I'm still feeling pretty generous about those 3 stars.
This story was just choppy and strangely written. I didn't mind the POV switches, but I did mind that only Yelena's POV was told in first person. It was incredibly jarring.
And maybe it was like this in the other books, and I just don't remember, but half the time everyone seemed to be all Days of Yore, and then (abruptly) they would switch into Surfer Dudes.
Valek's flashback sequences wore on my nerves, as well.
First, because the transitioning sequences were so damn cheesy that it felt like Snyder would have been better off doing something like this: {insert wavy lines here}
And second, because it didn't make Valek more sympathetic to me, it made me want to crack him in the head. Also, he seemed like an old fart that didn't deserve Yelena.

Get excited, there's a BIG HUGE LIFE CHANGING SECRET TWIST at the end!
Don't worry, you'll see it coming from a mile away.

I thought I would really like this one, but either my tastes have changed dramatically or this is a sub-par addition to the series. I hope it's the former, and I'd love to hear the opinions of die-hard fans of these books.
If you are a big fan of Snyder and her Chronicles of Ixia, you may really enjoy this one.
I wouldn't recommend anyone else jump into this series here, though.


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I've not read her books yet. I do want to read them though. I have heard that you have to read the other books before this series, as I wanted to try these. :) Thank you.

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