Poison Study (Paperback)

By Maria V. Snyder

Mira, 9780778327110, 416pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2008

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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Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to diebut according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.
But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food tasterchosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisonedhas died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executedmemust be offered the position.