Review: Poison Study

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

This book has been receiving a lot of advertising dollars in PW and LJ, so I was sufficiently intriqued to pick it up.

I haven't read fantasy much, and not in a looong time (despite a resolution to reread the entire Wheel of Time series this year), so this was a pleasant diversion from my normal titles. Though the writing is a bit modern-y and simple, I really enjoyed the story, the heroine and all the intrique. Yelena is sentenced to death by hanging, but is given a choice - either face the noose, or become the food taster.

This story weaves magic, politics, drama and the whiff of romance in a fast, entertaining, easily accessible story. If you've never read fantasy, this might be a good starter book...


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