Monday, September 04, 2023

REVIEW: Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder

Magic Study
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Yelena is trying to settle in after her emigration from Ixia to Sitia. She's met her family, including an angry, spirited older brother, and begun her lessons at The Magician's Keep in the Citadel, where she's treated with wariness and suspicion. It's definitely not smooth sailing! Especially as a rogue magician is kidnapping young girls and straining her magical limits because yup, she just has to jump in to be the savior!

Magic Study picked up right where Poison Study left off. The world building of the Sitian Zaltana and Sandseed clans was really unique and interesting. I hope we get a deep dive into some of the other clans in future novels because I really did prefer the magical, Sitian landscape of this book as opposed to the military structure of Ixia.

Character-wise however, Yelena really bugged me quite a bit with her rash decisions, ignoring the Master Magicians, and constantly jumping into dangerous situations on her own without regard for anyone or anything else. As if after only two seasons in at the Keep in Sitia, she suddenly knows better than all the Master Magicians. Often times, her lack of foresight just gets her into trouble until someone else has to come to her rescue. Definitely not a very accommodating team player!

Despite my aggravation with Yelena, I did enjoy the story as a whole. The action was pretty intense and there were a few twists that I didn't see coming. I really hope that Yelena goes to spend some time with the Sandseeds in a future book though... she could really use some of their influence.

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