Published by Mira on 1st March 2007
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Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...
Who should read The Study Series:
- Anyone who enjoyed the Throne of Glass series.
- Enjoys a well formed magic system.
- Likes a good cheesy romance.
Who shouldn’t read The Study Series:
- If you don’t like a cliché romance.
- If magic isn’t your thing.
- If you are wanting a well-explained plot-line.
These books follow a young girl who find herself first in the dudgeons facing execution and then as the Commander’s food taster, she is swept into a world which she doesn’t understand and feels an outsider in.
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
These books were okay in the sense that they were an easy read and there was something about them that kept me reading, but they weren’t my favourite. I can’t even say what it was that was missing in these books other than there was something. I carried on reading the series but I wasn’t excited for them at all it was more like a chore and an obligation to read them.
This series definitely struggled with an arc, I thought the general magic system was explained really well, but as the books went on the plot-line became more and more blurred. I thought that there was a lack of explanation and the story became complicated but without the information to back it up, which was a shame.
I did find the characters in this series to be refreshing. They were funny, and they had some great one liners which kind of saved the books somewhat. The romance element however was cliché and something I struggled with especially with Yelena’s background and history.
Her history wasn’t dealt with particularly well either, it’s touched upon in the first book but then it’s kind of forgotten throughout, which didn’t sit very well with me. I think if it had been explored then it would have given her character more depth.
If you want to read or buy these click here I wouldn’t recommend them, but maybe they sound like your cup of tea?
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