Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V Snyder
Summary: Yelena has a reprieve for her excution for the murder of the son of a high ranking official. The catch is she needs a daily antidote to stay alive. The antidote keeps Yelena near her captors.
The Take-Away: This is a great story. It moved fast, but didn't loose me. It's fantasy, but since Yelena is new to the household, explanations are easy to relay to the reader. Plus, she is in a unique position since she is educated, while most people (men and women) only learn what is needed for their positions. The author was very clever at working in large chunks of information that is vital to the story.
The other thing I really liked was the characterization. Yelena has room to grow and be challenged. Since this is the start of a series, I'm drawn in by her strength and determination. I want to know what happens next to her, especially as she is embarking on a new adventure, completely different than the first. While she was challenged in this book, she always had a way out provided for her or easily resolved. It worked for the plot however, but I'm hoping that the next title has a few challenges that throw her off guard.
Recommendation: Great start of a series.
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