Choose: A quick death and hell or slow poison and hell.
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.
I had heard some murmurings about this book around Twitter and the Blogiverse. I hadn’t read any reviews and I picked it up on a whim at a Borders with a gift card left over from my birthday. I read the book in almost one sitting. I had to sleep at some point. I realized I should have joined the read-a-thon happening this weekend instead of cheer leading. This book was amazing and kept my attention through-out most of the night.
Yelena, Valek and all the characters had such a personality it was hard to decide who I liked best. The story is unique and twisting and as you see the love interests unfold you are immediately rooting for the man in Yelena’s life. The cook was a fun character as the magicians from the south and the two guards who made it their personal mission to guard the food taster. Food tasters usually do not have many friends given the life expectancy. No reason liking someone who will fall down dead at a table sometime in the near future.
I wish I had a copy of magic study to pick up right now. If you liked Graceling, Fire, or Aurelia then you need to pick up a copy of Poison Study.
Irish from Ticket to Anywhere.
(If you reviewed Poison Study email me and I will add your link)