Thursday, 22 September 2016

Fire Study by Maria V Snyder

Title: Fire Study
Series: The Study Series (#3)
Author: Maria V Snyder
From: My Bookshelf
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 1st March 2008
Challenges: 2016 Reading Assignment, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun. When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before...Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.

Fire Study is the third book in the Study Series and shouldn't be read as a standalone as it relies on events in the previous books. In fact it took me a couple of chapters to properly get back into the book as it's been so long since I read Magic Study (book 2), but that really is my own fault. This review may contain minor spoilers for the previous books in the series. 

I thought that Yelana really grew as a person in Fire Study. While I've always liked her, she's matured in this one and become more of the person she wants to be. Her motivations revolve around the people she cared about, but she also began thinking about countries and the world in general instead of just about herself. 

Fire Study also introduced some different forms of magic as well as expanding Yelana's magic use. It was interesting and set the scene for one of the companion series to Study. I liked the world building and thought it really added to the story. 

There were a couple of moments that had me yelling no at my book (well in my head, I read this in two plane journeys and may have got some strange looks if I'd actually yelled no!) and I couldn't believe that the author went there! 

This was a great read, I loved seeing more from the characters and the world, as well as the fact that the ending was in some ways imperfect, it just made it all that bit more believable for me!