Fire Study by Maria V Snyder Book Review

Fire Study

by Maria V. Snyder

Published by Mira

Book 3 in the Poison Study series

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.


Violence New Adult Boring



Fire Study is the third and final book in Maria Snyder's Poison Study series, and centers around Yelena, once again stuck in Serian politics. This final book has her finally coming to terms and full knowledge of her unusual powers.

Vague description, huh? Well, that's because I am a little unsure what I just read. It honestly felt like I was reading a first draft, instead of a published book. The writing was very choppy, jumping from one event to the next with little to no segue in between. I was rather surprised to be honest, because this style of writing it not on par with the first book of this series, which was brilliant. I had a hard time getting through this book without stopping frequently from boredom.

How did it get to this point? I went from loving these characters, to being "meh" about them. Yelena is almost robotic with her emotions, which makes no sense. She is a human being. When faced with losing people she cares for, she should act ... I don't know ... upset? I know people grieve in different ways, but Yelena's character seems harsh. Her connections with side characters were lacking ... greatly. One of the best parts of this series is her relationship with Valek, and when we get them together, 90% of the time there is nothing but the mission happening. No character or relationship growth.

With my obvious displeasure with how this book turned out, I am glad it's over ... but I was looking forward to reading the next series in this world, and now I am not so sure I want to. If I can put aside my utter disappointment, perhaps I will at least try it. Maybe I will find closure on this series, because right now, I feel a bit robbed.

Favorite Moments

  1. Dax trying to teach Yelena fire magic, and instead she makes him do it

  2. Valek and Yelena in the war room