Review: Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

Review: Dawn Study by Maria V. SnyderDawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
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Pages: 478
Series: , Study #6, Chronicles of Ixia #9
Published by Mira on January 31st 2017

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.
Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.
Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.
With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

Poison Study is one of favorite books, and I’ve always been a big fan of the original trilogy. I love Yelena and Valek. I love the worlds of Ixia and Sitia. That being said I’m a little disappointed with this finale.

While I did love the chance to get back to Yelena in the Soulfinder trilogy, there is a lot happening and quickly. Snyder has developed some wonderful characters within the Chronicles of Ixia verse but I felt a little overwhelmed with everyone making an appearance and/or having a chapter. Dawn Study came off as a little chaotic.

This book (and somewhat Shadow Study and Night Study) also came off repetitive. Every chapter there is an ambush, capture, jailbreak, new plan, and etc. I wasn’t always sure what they were planning until the plan unfolded. The original Study series (Poison, Magic and Fire) knew how to pace events and developments. Things were slow, but realistically slow. It almost felt like there was some pressure to get Dawn Study finished and not things unfurl at a more natural rate.

If anything the Soulfinder trilogy brought back some much needed nostalgia and I did enjoy finishing this series off. Yelena will always hold a special place in my heart, as one of my favorite female characters. If you haven’t read the original Study trilogy and are a fan of fantasy – I highly recommend picking it up!

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