It had it's moments but mostly it For me, the Study series has been on a descending scale of awesomeness. It had it's moments but mostly it was "blah".
So if we are going according to the chart, the next book in the Study series should involve zombies!! Let's face it - everything is better with zombies. But sadly, that epic has never been written and probably never will be. To sum up, the Study series in descending order: In Fire Study, epic fantasy combines with action in the tale of Yelena, a young woman who has recently discovered her magical abilities and shocker!
Things I enjoyed about the book: B A very batty spirit guide for your journey. A The endless disguising and playing dress-up. I found myself bothered by one of the character's story lines and much to my surprise, I was annoyed by his absence. Cahil had begun to grow on me and I don't like it when fluff characters or those who provide comic relief turn into the bad guy, if you can really even call him that. It just doesn't work for me unless they are absolutely diabolical or pull some kind of switcharoo.
A good example that comes to mind is Beware! Harry Potter spoiler - Are there still people who haven't read Harry Potter? Now that was a head spinner. Cahil just doesn't work as a villain. In fact, his character could easily have been explored to a much deeper level and used to make the story more interesting. The villains didn't seem to have a face either. The entire book was just kinda of "Yelena against the man ".
That's the question, isnt it? The big bad "they". There was so much mistrust and flip flopping by the characters.
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Most of the book, it just wasn't clear who the ultimate evil was or who exactly it was we were fighting against. Now, my answer to the question: My man, at least. So where was he?? I absolutely hated the near disappearance of my two favorite characters, Ari and Janco. Now that is a spin-off I would love!! I absolutely enjoy a good spinoff. I mean what would life have been without the TV show Angel? But near the beginning, I felt like the circumstances with Opal Cohen were contrived specifically with the intent to launch the spin-off series.
These parts were very interesting; I just wish that we could have seen a greater effect overall on the story. Although, I really did enjoy the way Opal's ability came into play at the end. Throughout a good portion of the book, Yelena's is accompanied by her storyweaver and official guru, Moon Man.
He is funny, wise, and great - but only to an extent. His impact is lessened when he is around soooo much, especially near the beginning. Did Yoda follow Luke Skywalker around throughout the entire original trilogy? No, because he's too damn smart for that. Also, was Yoda constantly naked? Because he's too damn smart for that. Or - maybe it was just because he was out of his prime. Moon Man is always naked. Geez, Moon Man, what do you think this is - Frikkin Survivor? Should I call you Richard Hatch?
No visual aid for that one. My favorite quote from this book is a simple but adorable one by Leif: Valek was hardly around at all in this one as well. But it didn't bother me anyway because his character had basically become mush. He used to be gruff and masculine, now he's all "blah blah, lovey dovey". I know - I have a way with words, don't I? He was not at all the Valek I loved in the first book.
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The audio was very good although sometimes unintentionally funny. Sound quality was beautiful and professional. The narrator's voice was usually very smooth; I just got a kick out of the various voices. But I am "easily giggled. But overall, an enjoyable series. The best of which is the first book and I would definitely recommend you read Poison Study.
My review for the first book: Poison study Second book: View all 38 comments. Do you know how long it took me to finish this? But I acknowledge that's not saying much when even a few seconds of this masterpiece of boredom would have been too long. After finishing Magic Study , I knew that it would be a mistake to pick up the third book.
But I already had it, and I still retained a little hope that it could be better after all, and I wanted to be done with this series, and well, I guess I'm just a finisher by nature. Even though one of all the horrible Do you know how long it took me to finish this? Even though one of all the horrible books I force myself to finish no matter what will kill me one day or the other. It's just written in the stars. They try to make of Yelena a complex protagonist struggling to get hold of her immense magical powers I thought nothing could bring me to detest that trope, which I swear, it's one of my all-time favorites and miserably fail.
Her relationship with Valek can be generously summarized with a nonchalant "Hey, here you are!
Where have you been and why are you here? The plot goes round and round never taking a step forward just to pad the story out. And to think the first book was so delicious. View all 12 comments.
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Apr 04, Angie rated it it was ok Shelves: Snyder 's Study Trilogy. Though she is currently working on a new series following a side character from the Study books, this is the last one to center on the adventures of Yelena, the convicted murderer, turned poison taster, turned diplomatic liaison. I felt blue because I'd been expecting more and I ended up finishing it more out of a feeling of obligation than because I was truly engrossed. The story picks up shortly after the events of Magic Study leave off. Yelena, her brother Leif, and the mercurial Moon Man are busy trying to mop up the Soulstealer's mess and dealing with accusations from the Mage's Council.
First Magician Roze Featherstone is calling for Yelena's head on a platter and there is little rest for the weary on the horizon. The problem is, very little happens from this point on. Or rather, very little new stuff happens.
What there is is page after page of no one believing Yelena that Roze really is That Evil. Page after page of people stabbing each other with curare left and right and waking up from being stabbed. Page after page of no Valek. And when he is there Yelena's not letting him help her. Instead she spends the majority of her time worrying about his potential demise and trying to protect him from a threat he's much better equipped to deal with than anyone else in the book.
Towards the last three quarters of the story, the characters do start to wake up and act like themselves. They begin to deal with some of the meatier issues hanging over them just as the book reaches its end. And I felt myself wondering what took them so long? And wishing that the wonderfully dark, emotional atmosphere and tension from Poison Study were present here.
Because I missed them. View all 10 comments. Oct 18, Anja rated it really liked it. It's the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow. So sad to see this series end I need more Yelena and Valek, duh in my life!
This book didn't quite reach the high standards I'd set because of the previous two books though. The first pages which is pretty much half of this book dragged on and were a bit repetitive even. Always the same curare shit, Yelena trying to save the day but kind of failing to do so At some point I was so annoyed with it all that I wanted to quit! The last pages made up for A LOT though! So many things happened in such quick succession that I still haven't wrapped my head around most of it lol. The second part definitely had me on the edge of my seat pretty much the entire time.
Feb 10, Felicia rated it liked it Shelves: Well, I was obsessed with Poison Study, and Magic Study was pretty good, but this book really didn't satisfy. I found myself skimming it a lot, and I felt bad doing it. For some reason the whole reason I liked the series in the first place dwindled throughout this concluding novel to where I forgot what charmed me in the first place. It wasn't horrible, just not the direction I wanted or expected it to go. I will read this authors future work, definitely, but will not be putting this book in the "keeper" pile with Poison Study.
This is the only coherent thought in my mind after finishing the Study series. After an oustanding debut followed by a mediocre sequel, the final installment was NOT the proper ending to something that could have been memorable. Not because of the way it ended, because that was pretty satisfying. In fact, it got 2 stars from me instead of one just because Snyder eventually delivered what is so painfully expected throughout the whole - excessively long - book.
If I had to describe in What a pity. If I had to describe in two words, I'd say: Man, was I bored. The first pages about the rescue mission in the Daviian plains were loooong and boooooring and just superfluous. I caught myself skipping parts, wandering with my mind elsewhere - the Beauty and the Beast cartoon that my kids were watching was more interesting at times - and just being outright irritated with the dragging on and on and on.
What happened to Snyder? Where's the fantastic first book??
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It looks like somebody else wrote it. Yelena was one of my biggest problems in this book. In the first one, I loved her, related to her, felt sad and sympathized with her and her predicament. She is THE heroine.
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In this book, she just pissed me off the whole time. What an unlikable character. She makes mistakes the whole time, never listens to anybody, messes up continuously so much I just felt like smacking her and sending HER freaking soul to the underworld. And it doesnt get much better with the other characters, either. Valek appears yet again really late in the book - yes, after that tiresome neverending rescue mission - and again is so secondary to the character of Yelena he seems there just to be her supporting actor.
I can safely say that the most interesting character in this book for me is KIKI Plot-wise, I wonder if Snyder brainstormed and then forgot to give it a sense before jotting it down. It is intricated, convoluted and so badly planned, sometimes it looks as if the author changed her mind about the sequence of happenings WHILE she was actually writing it down. Not nice and difficult to follow. And uninteresting, I'd say.
So sadly and with my heart torn to pieces, I give this book 2 stars only because it ended ok. But really, giving birth to my two kids was easier than reading this. View all 11 comments. Feb 14, Ben Alderson rated it it was ok. Life is to short to force yourself to finish a book. Liked the beginning, that was about it. Finally giving up after a week or two! Yelena is so determined, clever, strong, and stubborn, which makes for a very enjoyable protagonist, but for some reason, it took me about pages before I actually got into the storyline.
The pacing for this novel was all over the place. She became a rather cruel and manipulative person, who justified actions that, deep down, she knew were wrong. At least her brother, Leif, called her out on it: The fire brought my real sister back. They were such fundamental characters in the first instalment of this trilogy, Poison Study, yet they only became involved in the plot more than halfway through the book. They deserved A LOT more attention in this series!!! Grrr… Hopefully, this shall be remedied in the Soulfinders trilogy.
His actions made no sense and he kept flip-flopping on his goals. Did he want to rule Ixia by any means possible, or not? I found this subplot to be completely unnecessary. He kept giving me whiplash, whenever he popped up in the book. This review sounds SO negative …I swear I did like this book!!!
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