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Friday, June 01, 2007

Poison Study and Magic Study: Maria V. Snyder

In the first chapter of Poison Study, the narrator is dragged from a prison cell and offered a choice: be hanged for her crimes immediately, or agree to become the Commander's food taster -- a lifetime position. She takes the job, and her first assignment is not to die -- her employer gives her a near-lethal dose of poison to test her. When she survives the ordeal, she begins to study every known poison while also learning her way around the castle and figuring out who are her friends and enemies.

I didn't realize until I reached the end of the book (and that would be a few hours after I started the book, much later than I intended to stay awake that night) that it was the first of a series. It's too much of a spoiler to discuss the plot of the second book, but although it didn't benefit from that "shock of the new" excitement I felt about the first book it had a solid plot and continued to develop characters and relationships.

Apparently, there is a third volume forthcoming: Fire Study.


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