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Old 07-26-2010, 12:01 PM
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Study Series by Maria V. Snyder Appreciation #1

Welcome to the 1st Study Series by Maria V. Snyder Thread
  1. Poison Study
    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a 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 dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear!
  2. Magic Study
    Yelena is on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago. Although she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better. Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magical training. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince, and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians. If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with her new enemies.
  3. Fire Study
    Yelena's new role as Soulfinder has made the Sitian Council uneasy. Worried that her new powers will corrupt her, the Council debates her fate. Yelena, though is trying to keep Sitia and Ixia from going to war. In the middle of political wrangling, Yelena receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by Ferde, the Soulstealer who murdered eleven girls and has escaped from prison with Cahil Ixia’s help. Cahil believes if he joins with the new Daviian Clan, he will have enough support to regain the Ixian throne. Testing the limit of her skills, Yelena becomes embroiled in the desperate fight to stop Ferde and the Daviian Clan from siphoning enough power to unleash a Fire Warper on the world. That would be worst than war between the northern and southern lands. Especially since, of all the powers Yelena possesses, she couldn't set fire to a candle wick if her life depended on it. And there is more at stake than just her life.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:18 PM
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Thanks for the thread, Andie

Having just finished the series, I have to say it was a great read and makes me crave for more
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:23 PM
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The books are great.

I also like her next series (Glass series), they are based on the Study books. But not as good. IMO.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:48 PM
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Glad you guys agree

What did you like best about the book?
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:09 PM
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I like the world they play in and the characters are great.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:34 PM
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I like the world they play in and the characters are great.
True

You got any faves among the characters?
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:25 AM
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You got any faves among the characters?
Yelena and Valek of course

Ari and Janco - those two are just awesome, I'd have loved to see more of them.

Can we count Kiki as a character as well?
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:42 AM
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Valek is a great character.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:05 AM
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Valek is a great character.
He is my fave

And Ari and Janco'S training sessions with Yelena were all kinds off awesome
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:52 AM
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Valek is made of awesome I think I need to re-read the first book, so much Valek awesomeness
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Valek is made of awesome I think I need to re-read the first book, so much Valek awesomeness
True, he is! I knew there was a reason why he is my fave
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:59 PM
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Maybe we should campaign for a own Valek series

Which book of the series is your guys fave?
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Can't say, liked every book.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:39 PM
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I think the first one is still my favourite, but overall all the books have something special that makes you fall in love with the series all over again.
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