Magic Study: The Study Trilogy 2

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Teaser: Yelena has escaped death by running from Ixia. She now finds herself in the jungle kingdom in which she was kidnapped from all those years ago. Trouble still comes from all directions, but what has her scared the most is coming face-to-face with the people who claim that they are her parents and brother.

Short Thought: An exciting sequel that builds upon the first novel very well.

Expanded Thoughts: Wow, plot lines are popping out everywhere. I thought Yelena was just a convicted criminal poison taster, but that was just the surface.

This novel is a good contrast to the first novel. The first was set in Ixia (the cold, militaristic, structured capital) and this one is set in the humid, free-flowing, jungle lands. These are the same jungle lands in which Yelena was born and that are responsible for her magical abilities.

Yelena gets to meet her 'family,' and we get to learn a little bit more about what brought her into Ixia in the first place. She even gets to attend a school that focuses on honing her abilities and expanding her power.

My only complaint is that Yelena has 'mary sue' syndrome. Everything that happens, happens to Yelena. Any problem that arises, Yelena is the only one in the universe who can solve it. If there's evil in the world, it's after only Yelena. Don't get me wrong, it did make it a more casual read, but it sure did get annoying at times.

Additional Notes: This novel contains scenes of mild violence.

Additional Notes: This is the 2nd novel in the Study Trilogy by Maria V. Snyder.

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