Retro Friday Book Reviews are hosted by Angieville. The gist is that you read an older or under the radar title and review it on Friday.
Yo. Here be spoilers for Poison Study. Don’t want to be spoiled? Read my Poison Study review instead by clicking here.
Friends, is there a Maria V. Snyder fan club that I can join? Seriously, I have yet to be displeased by one of her books. As I read Magic Study, the second book in the Study Series in 2010, please don’t expect lots of intricate details in this review because um, I don’t have the greatest memory EVER.
Magic Study opens with the main character, Yelena, about to enter the Zaltana homestead. But, I should back up a little. Yelena has left Ixia and sigh, Valek, because there’s a warrant out for her execution. And so she returns to where she was born, to a family she’s never known, the Zaltanas. In Sitia, the country Yelena is now in, she learns about her magic and more about her family. And of course, a bad guy takes notice of her magic, as they always do.
Yelena continues to be awesome and I continue to admire her. I just love how magic played a huge role in Magic Study, not that you couldn’t guess from the title, but when it comes to sword and sorcery novels, I tend to fall on the sorcery side as far as fascination goes.
One thing I did not love about Maria V. Snyder’s Magic Study was that there was noticeably less Valek, which okay, Yelena IS getting to know her family in a different country and Valek isn’t there. BUT still, this reader likes a whole LOT of swoon and I just felt like we didn’t get that this time around.
I know a lot of readers, at least through a cursory goodreads scroll, don’t love Magic Study, which is fine, but I stand by my feeling that I’ve yet to read a book by Maria V. Snyder that I don’t like. As, I did like Magic Study and gobbled it up rather quickly. Although it’s certainly been over a year, I am pumped about reading Fire Study and finally finishing the Study Trilogy.
Disclosure: Purchased copy, CASHMONEY HOLLA!!
Other reviews of Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder:
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Poison Study (Book One)
Magic Study (Book Two)
Fire Study (Book Three)