January 17, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
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We start where we left off in the previous book, Poison Study, where Yelena is making her way south to Sitia to master her magic, escape possible death from Ixia, and possibly…meet her family.
Things seem to become an instant storm of emotions and betrayals when Yelena meets her family, the Zaltanas. She almost fits in perfectly, her parents welcoming her back with welcome arms, a cousin deciding that she will wait and see what happens; her brother, decides that she must be a spy from the north, why else would she smell of blood and violence? It seems that magic is strong in the Zaltana family, with Yelena’s brother has the unique ability to sense the intentions of others, making him a unique asset to catching criminals.
As Leif, Yelena’s brother, and Yelena make their way to the Academy where Yelena will continue her studies, and where Leif will advise the Council, they are ambushed by someone claiming to be the nephew to the King of Ixia who was killed by Valek during the takeover of the new regime. Yelena does what Yelena does best, and gets herself out of the mess, but proceeds to do what she can to prove that she is not a spy for Ixia, as claimed by her brother.
Her Master, Irys, meets her at the Academy after Yelena and Leif make it there, and having Yelena’s mind dug through by one of the other masters and her training continues. It’s here that Yelena learns that her magic may be an even more unique than her brother’s, which is frightening to some of those in the Academy. As Yelena learns more about her new life, she catches the eye of a dangerous man with magic no one should have. As with what happens in Ixia, this man tries to take the magic to add to his own. What he didn’t expect was for Yelena to fight back even more now, especially with her grasp on her own magic has matured even more.
Yelena does what she can to stop this man, but another gets in her way, making it harder for her to do what she believes is right. But throughout it all, she has the support of her friends, both old and new, and she’s able to do what she needs to do.
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