Poison Study is one of my new favorite reads and the start to what I expect to be a very original series. Yelena is one of the most refreshing female characters I’ve come across in a long time. She is as tough as Katniss from The Hunger Games, without being as annoying, and her struggles in her childhood have made her into a complex and completely relatable character. Yelena is entering her twenties and is a bit older than most heroines I am used to reading about lately, which is a good thing for me since I am twenty three and can’t relate as much to characters in their teens as I used to. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a more adult fantasy novel. The leading male in this book is older, in his thirties, and reminds me a bit of Booth from the television show Bones. I think he is a man girls of any age will fall for. The supporting cast of characters is also wonderful; with the strong magician Irys and her fierce but well meaning attitude, and Ari and Janco and their playful yet protective manners. Another thing I liked about this book is that not all of the “bad guys” were completely “bad”. In the real world, it’s not so black and white, and I love that this book was willing to show that. The commander’s story also really touched me and I loved that Maria chose to go there with the story. Pick up this book, you will not regret it. I’ve already started book two!
Cover Art: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5