Saturday, September 09, 2023

REVIEW: Fire Study (Study #3) by Maria V. Snyder

Fire Study
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Yelena is again fighting for her life! Now that she's been told she's a Soulfinder, her new Sitian friends are afraid of her. There hasn't been another Soulcatcher in the last 125 years and that one was wicked to the core! As a new threat descends upon Sitia—or same threat, different book really—Yelena travels through various realms, including some not of this plane, to go up against some very strong magic—so strong that just might kill her!

I loved that this book explored the Sandseed culture—it was something I was hoping for after reading the previous book, Magic Study. However, to my dismay, it wasn't long before most of the peaceful Sandseeds were killed off, and only their offshoots, the evil Daviian Clan, remained. 😢

Yelena seemed a little less brash, and wasn't always flying off to wage battles without proper consideration this time around. (They had a funny name for it in the previous book, though I can't quite recall it exactly.) So to that end, I found her behavior less annoying than the previous book.

However, and it's only because I enjoyed Poison Study so much that I have to make this critique, but did MVS switch editors for this book? Little things like misplaced semicolons, or dropped pronouns, prepositions & articles irked me, sometimes forcing me to go back and reread a sentence or paragraph several times. A few plot inconsistencies—like I could've sworn Valek previously told Yelena that he helped to smuggle young magicians out of Ixia, not kill them—yet that's exactly what she thought he did. There were a couple others... I can't recall now as I didn't write them down.

Overall, still a very good read, and what was initially supposed to be the end to the Study series... though further books were later added. I look forward to reading more!

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