Fire Study


Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publisher: Mira Books (2009)

Pages: 441

Synopsis: 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.


Am I under a spell or something? Because this is the third series I read this year whose third book just ruins the whole thing (the  other two? The Hunger Games & Gemma Doyle trilogy) Damnation! Well…I’m overreacting, Fire didn’t ruin the Study series for me, nothing could. Better: nothing could ruin Poison Study‘s total awesomeness, and after all, I always think of it as a standalone – somehow I can’t really make a connection between the first book and the other two, and while Magic was still fun to read, Fire…well, let me just say I wish someone had told me to start reading at page 200, because I wouldn’t have missed a thing if I had, and besides, that’s when Valek shows up.

I’m mortified to admit, but I can’t really say what goes on in this book. It’s so…confusing. I read the synopsis when I finished it and said to myself Really? This is what happened? (*.*) I know Yelena, Leif and Moon Man travel to Ixia – why, I don’t have the faintest idea; I think someone evil chases them, and then there’s some trouble with the Vermin, and this weird powerful guy called Fire Warper (or that’s not his name, and just what he his/does? I don’t know…) wants Yelena to do something for him or else he’ll burn to ashes everyone she cares about; at some point the wannabe king (or how I like to call him: the village idiot) Cahil comes in and starts his annoying I’ll destroy you Yelena! act, but ends up helping her; AND  THEN…(*starts laughing uncontrollably*)…suddenly…(*laughing*)a bat shows up (!!!) glues itself to Yelena…(*laughing & laughing*)…and she can’t get it off of her! (You know I’m still laughing over here.) This happens after her hair being cut really short and her eyebrows burned off…(*wipes the tears*), so there we have her, hanging around looking like this, with a bat on her shoulder (WHAT’S HAPPENING?! xD), but wait, there’s more! Somehow the bat works as a cell phone (or walkie-talkie)! (*ROFL*…okay, enough…enough.)

*pause to ease the breathing, and stay serious again*

Two of the hopes and wishes I had for this book did happen: Leif found himself a girlfriend (sort of), and Roze got what she deserved. And while Valek didn’t present Yelena with a I-carved-it-myself ring (I never thought this day would come, but you failed me Valek), they did make plans to move in together, to a cosy little house right on the Sitian-Ixian border (awww), which is almost as good.

SO! To be perfectly clear: I can say for sure that Poison Study was one of the best books I’ve read this year, and is now amongst my favourites of all time, which means that I absolutely recommend it to every living being on the planet that can read, and because I know that after it you’ll want to read the next one in the series, Magic will still ease the “Study series craving” a bit, but after that, for your own sake, just forget there’s a third book. (I’ve been saying really awful things on my reviews lately…)

NOTE: I am so sorry for saying these things Maria! I still adore you, after all you created Valek, and I’ll always worship you for that! *drops on her knees and asks forgiveness for being an awful, AWFUL person*

Rating: 3/10


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5 Responses to “Fire Study”

  1. 1 quigui

    That bad, huh? Maybe some authors should re-think the whole trilogy thing if they can’t deliver a good third book. Because from your review, it seems there wasn’t much of a plot in this book, and she probably could have easily put all the couples together at the end of book 2, and end it there.

    • *sigh* yeah…it’s just really hard to follow…there is a plot, but from my point of view, it’s too messy :s
      You are so right my friend, some series should never become one, especially when the first book is so incredibly good there’s no way to go from there. Of course we can think of a few exceptions to this rule, can’t we? *wink*

  2. The truth…is that it sucked! Omg, I just died when reading this one, Poison made it straight to my keeper shelf, loved it, loved Valek. Fire, bah, Fire I could just as well give away cos I certainly didn’t like it. Can’t even remmeber what happened 😦

    • Yeah..I feel really bad for saying it, but one could review this book like this: “It sucks.”
      It’s…it’s just a total mess…I couldn’t follow the plot, I didn’t know/remmember what was happening WHILE it was happening! x_x *sigh* we’ll always have Poison Study, and our beloved Valek 😀

      • *Cry a bit* I know, I really wanted to say only that 😦 But yes we have Poison and to yummy to be true Valek. And when I re-read, well then sadly I will stop with Poison and make up my own ending

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