Second in the series by Maria V. Snyder, Magic Study didn’t measure up to the standard created by the first book.
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can’t help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don’t think it’s for the better….
Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training—especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies….
I missed the boat completely on this one. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Poison Study. It introduced us to Yelena, a strong female character escaping from captivity and torture in a very unique way. The uniqueness that made Poison Study such a great read did not continue through to Magic Study.
No depth, no smart storyline, no growth for the characters. In fact, I would say that Yelena was actually “dumbed down” in this one and the writing in general was as well. I ended up skimming most of it and not even bothering to finish the last bit. I’m so surprised it has such a high rating on Goodreads.
I listened to the Audible version and the narration was incredibly horrible. Slow and painful. Because of that, I may go back and give this book another chance (in print version) some other time.
I really wanted to like this series! It just didn’t work out. So disappointing!