Poison Study (Paperback)

By Maria V. Snyder

Mira, 9780778324331, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2007

Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List

“Despite her magical powers, Yelena is practical and down-to-earth -- traits necessary for survival as the Commander's food-taster. As she copes with the political struggles of the present, Yelena learns how to overcome the horrors of her past. This is a book you'll stay up late to finish.”
— Beth Hull, The Avid Reader, Davis, CA
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Description

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace- and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Duste and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear.

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