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Magic Study (Soulfinders Book 2) (English Edition) Kindle版
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Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.--このテキストは、kindle_edition版に関連付けられています。
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第一作のPoison Study でIxia から追放された形でSitia にYelena は帰り、両親と兄に会います。両親は歓迎してくれるものの
Sitia 征服をもくろむ Daviian clan の悪だくみにも巻き込まれてしまいます。危機一髪の状況もたくさんありますが、その中でYeleraは
It's no secret that I absolutely loved Poison Study - and that although I loved the romance, the adventure, the plot; my main love was the main character. Yelena is for me the heroine I feel I've been searching for in fantasy. She's a person. Whilst Yelena is brave and funny and immensely likeable, she can also be arrogant, headstrong and childish. I never said I wanted perfect and I feel like Maria Snyder really gets that.
Don't worry, I'm not going to spend the whole review waxing lyrical about Yelena. However Magic Study, for me, does a great job of building on the character I loved so much in the first instalment. There was a lot going on in Poison Study; a slowly developing romance, introducing a new world, a plethora of fascinating and fun side characters, and over-arching bad guy plot...
I mean come on. That's a lot. And it was done really well. In Magic Study I felt like a lot more of the focus was put on Yelena. Firstly, she finds her parents (who I love). But she also finds her brother (who is a bit of a dick, but it works) as well as her home. This rediscovering of her roots helps her transition into the idea that the world she always believed to be home actually left her with a big feeling of disconnect. And this theme is played upon even more when she goes to learn how to control her magic; a vital part of her being which she's spent two decades being completely ignorant about. I liked the development, the way it helped me as a reader understand Yelena better, even as she herself went on a journey of discovery.
Yes, I will admit, there's a lack of Valek. He spends an almost painful amount of time out of frame. As hard as that was to accept, ultimately I think that's a good thing. Their scenes together, whilst brief, felt meaningful to me and the lack of overall interaction between the two characters is kind of part of the quirk of them as a couple. They're in love but they're not attached at the hip. Both are independent entities with their own responsibilities and goals. They can be everything to each other without being everything to each other. I like that. A lot.
Once again the side characters were tremendously well realised. I absolutely loved Irys in this book, and having talking horses has made my reading year (did anyone read The Star-Touched QueenI was getting Kamala withdrawals!). I also liked the depth of the not so nice characters, such as Cahil. He went on a journey and I hope to God he is the big bad of the third book in the series because that will be awesome.
If I were to criticise at all, my only negative would be that I wanted more depth in the big bad. Although he was nefarious to the extreme, I didn't feel his presence was ominous enough to be the main rival. He did terrible things and I thought the victims were written with heart-breaking sensitivity and tenderness. But as this "mystery" was reaching throughout the entire book, it occasionally felt a little flat for me.
Despite this small niggle, I would a thousand times recommend Magic Study, and it's predecessor. It's the kind of books I write reviews for - where the words pour out and you have to physically stop yourself enthusing all the way to the end of the word count. Will be seeking out the next ASAP!
Better than the first as it quickly jumps into a fast pace plot.
Romance carries over from first but it takes a back seat as Yelena is separated from her lover and is a concentrating on others things like getting to know the family she was torn from, training and solving violent crimes against other women. So if sexual violence is a trigger, best avoid this book. One thing that irk me, is that when Yelena’s lover does return, it feels like within 5 pages of him popping up, the two are having sex, no matter what has just happened and it feels awkward and bad timing.
Still, very entertaining novel, and better than the first in the series.
Yelena has had to leave her home – her kingdom – and flee to Sitia, the place of her birth but a place she knows nothing about. In Sitia, she will train her powers – must train and control them, or else be put to death in one year’s time. And so she goes to the Four Towers of the Magician's Keep, a place where magic is taught to those like her.
In Sitia she is also reunited with the family she was taken from so long ago. They are all strangers to her but are welcoming – loving. All except for her brother, Leif, who seems to hate her.
Caught up in struggles that are political, magical and emotional, Yelena is already dealing with a lot. The emergence of a powerful magician, targeting young girls, just creates more mayhem.
Of course, Yelena gets involved in the investigation. With magic as powerful as hers, she will either flourish here amongst those like her, or... she will perish...
Now, I have this habit of writing down quotes as I go through a book. It's a habit I should really stop because it means that when I read a book with loads of quotes I love I end up writing down half the blinking book. I don't even really know why I do it... I think in case I want to use them in the review or make a picture quote of the book... But Magic Study... Well, it was one of those books that was just too good to stop! I literally could not stop. It was that good. Sure, it wasn't quite as good as Poison Study, but there really wasn't much in it.
I really loved how Yelena grew in this book: she was so much stronger and such a good person, better than before. She'd really come into her own as both a woman and a magician. Of course, she still has the pesky habit of rushing in without thinking – generally with bad results – but she's growing stronger too. She's able to kick some butt and she uses her family and friends' help when she needs it. Do I wish she'd trust the Council and Irys more? Yes. But I also got her reasons for not trusting them. Yelena isn't perfect and I think that's why I like her so much: she's tough as nails, but flawed and vulnerable too.
I missed Valek all the time he wasn't there and then felt my heart do a little flutter every time he reappeared, often in some bizarre disguise. Valek is sweet and hard, protective and trusting of Yelena's ability. He lets her do her thing, but he's always there for her too. Why I love Valek in one sentence?
"I'll be close by if you need me, love."
I also love this little scene between Yelena and Valek, where Yelena is nervous and Valek is... Valek:
"This is dangerous."
"I knew falling for you was dangerous, love."
Yeah. I melt every time he says 'love'. I think it's leftover from my Spike-addicted days. I always did have a thing for the bad boys...
Now, my favourite characters in the previous book, Yelena and Valek aside, were Ari and Janco. You guys can't even begin to fathom how pleased I was when the two of them popped up again! But we were also introduced to a whole range of new, brilliant, evil and sometimes bizarre characters. I really liked Irys – she was a really awesome teacher. The Zaltana clan were brilliant – and so bonkers! Leif intrigued me and I'm so excited to see more of him. Moon Man was brilliant; gotta love the cryptic ones! Dax provided comic relief in the Janco-less times. And then there was Cahil... who I did not like. At all.
But I think my favourite character in Magic Study just had to be Kiki. Now who's Kiki, you may wonder. Well, Kiki was Yelena's horse. Weird favourite character, right? Not if you've read this book.
I adored the world building in Poison Study. My love only grew as I read Magic Study. Because now there wasn't just Ixia, but Sitia too! A land of magic and clans, a land (for the most part) without poison and secret spying. The cultures of the different clans intrigued me, as did the differences between the two lands of Ixia and Sitia.
Maria Snyder's writing and plotting were pure genius – as always. The writing was beautiful and hooking and not too heavy. The plot was addictive and just the right pace (fast and exciting but not neglecting world building). I loved how it built all the time, with plenty of action, and came to an impressive conclusion. I was a bit exasperated that Yelena has yet to learn the advantages of patience and assistance, but she's pretty badass, so it was all cool. And I also liked the way Maria dealt with sex in the book. Yeah, this bit is random, but I need to mention it. Maria didn't just ignore the fact that Yelena's a girl in love with a bad-boy boyfriend (heart mate) who called her 'love'. There was no lengthy description, almost no mention of S-E-X at all, but you knew what was about to happen. I think it's a good way to deal with sex: let us know it's happening, it's natural, but not with all the... graphic details.
I adored Poison Study and it really was one hell of an act to follow. Magic Study fell a little short, probably due to the only intermittent appearances of my three fave boys, but it kept me hooked and just as invested. The world building was epic, the action addictive and the characters believable. It also had the best horse in the history of the world – of any world, even.
I love Maria V. Snyder and, of course, she didn't disappoint with Magic Study. It was a worthy sequel to one of my favourite magic books. I can't wait to continue with the series – with Fire Study and Shadow Study! Eek! I don't have to leave Yelena and Valek! Yelek? Valena? Someone needs to come up with a shipping name! I would, but I'm too busy grabbing my copy of Fire Study!
Series: Study Series (#2), Chronicles of Ixia (#2)
Author: Maria V Snyder
Release Date: 1st October 2006
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points), My TBR List (September) Meme
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Banished from Ixia, with the threat of execution over her head if she returns, Yelena travels to Sitia, where she can be trained in the arts of being a magician. On the way she rediscovers the family she lost as a child, and learns more about herself than she previously knew. When Yelena is drawn into the disappearance, torture and murder of young girls, her independence and determination drag her into the dangerous search for a killer.
Why do I wait so long between books! Especially when they're good ones like Magic Study! I remember really enjoying Poison Study, but for whatever reason it has taken me 18 months to read the next book in the series. Though I do have Fire Study on my physical book shelves, so hopefully I'll get onto that book soon.
I really like Yelena as a character, she isn't afraid of admitting her limitations, but at the same time she likes to think outside the box. The most obvious solution wasn't always the one that she went for and for the most part it worked. She was a highly independent character, and sometimes refusing to ask for help led to trouble. On the flip side she never seemed to be worried about asking Valek to help.
Valek and Yelena's relationship was really sweet. He risked his life just to see her, and the way they act around each other makes you forget that they're both able to kill with ease. Though when they were alone together they were sweet and very obviously into each other, when they needed to be all business they could be, and worked well together in that respect too.
I liked to see Yelena's budding relationships too, both with fellow students (particularly Dax), with her Mentor Irys (as well as some of the other Master Magicians) and with her family. Her relationship with her brother was particularly complex and I am looking forward to seeing where that goes.
One of the best relationships though was between Yelena and her horse Kiki. I loved Kiki, she didn't feel like a human character, she really felt like an animal character and I liked that. Because of Yelena's magic she could converse with Kiki and that added a real level.
I felt that there was also a lot of foreshadowing in Magic Study, and I really liked that. Its made me excited to read the next book in the series!
Throughout the book Yelena managed to escape numerous kidnaps and dangerous situations - it seems as though these scenes were included in the book to increase the action and give a sense of adventure but there were too many of these scenarios for the one story.
I also didn't like Valek's place in the book, he no longer seems to hold the role of the cunning intelligent assassin he had in poison study - In this book he seemed to fall under Yelena's orders and do as she said - He is not as much of an independent character as we met in the first book, he's becoming more of a secondary character.
The book also needs a different kind of villain, the evil magician seems very similar to Brazell and Mogkan.
Overall, although I did enjoy the book I feel as though there were too many underdeveloped story-lines and fight scenes and the book could have benefited from less, more developed and succinct scenes.