Monday, 30 May 2011

Fire Study (Study #3)

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
First published by Mira Books in 2008 (this edition by Mira Books in 2009)

Book #3 in the Study trilogy

Description: (from Goodreads)
The apprenticeship is over— now the real test has begun. 

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before.… 

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.

My thoughts:
I'm going to start of by saying that it took me a lot longer to get through this book than it did for the previous two books in the series. I found it a lot slower and quite a bit less interesting than the other two, but it did have its merits.

The whole Sandseed and alienated-from-them-newly-formed Daviian clan did not really make up such an interesting story. Most of the time while reading the book, I felt as if the party Yelena was in was just moving around and around across the Sitian land, camping and talking and making plans for scenes that lasted quite a limited number of pages. It was as if there was very limited action going on.

Then, at some point, the book got loads better. It was fast paced and the characters were back to their cool, calm (well, not really) and collected selves and made plans that actually had a chance in working. I was completely and utterly stunned by the revelation at the end. It was something I did not expect and I was rather glad that I had not been able to see it coming. It makes for a better story!

The characters were lovely, as always, and Leif endeared himself to me even more in this book. I really liked Opal and I am looking forward to reading the Glass series (a spin-off series featuring Opal as the main character) and find out more about her glass animals! (Just want to add here that I rather liked the idea of the glass animals! I found it quite original!)

All in all, a very good ending to a lovely series, though I will admit that it could have been better throughout the book (and not only at the end). One this is for sure though, I love Maria Snyder's writing!!

Rating: 8/10

You can find out more about Maria V. Snyder at the end of my review of the first book in the series, Poison Study.

Read for: 100 Books In A Year Challenge 2011


  1. I love her writing too! I am hoping to get to this book this month (June)


    XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

  2. I love this series and for me it was the same: Fire Study took me way longer to finish than the first two books. It was my least favorite of the series, but still a good read.


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