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.
Honour 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 and enemies. Yelena would have but one chance to prove herself - and save the land she holds dear.
After defeating an evil Soulstealer, Yelena must now once again focus on her studies. She soon discovers, however, that her kind of magic isn't very popular within the Magician's Keep.
But when there is word that Ferde - a past enemy of Yelena's is plotting to bring war to her homeland, all hell breaks loose.
Fire Study follows the story of Yelena and her small group of trustworthy allies, including her brother Leif, her lover Valek and her storyweaver Moon Man.
Although I didn't love this book as much as much as the first two in the series; I did find it to be breathtaking at parts.
Loyalty is tested in this book as Yelena and her friends face more danger than ever with a new criminal introduced and a possible future war at hand between Ixia and Sitia.
I loved how mature this book felt compared to the last two. Yelena is figuring out what the responsibilities of her rare and dangerous gift are and what consequences may come with it.
The history of magic and it's relation to soulfinders become apparent in Fire Study. The revelation of Yelena's true purpose shocked me in all it's wonder.
Having said that, I would have loved to have read more of Valek, Ari and Janco who I adore as characters. I also would have liked to have read more about the Fire Warper (main villain in the book)...I still don't know what he was exactly - demon, human that happens to live in the fire world? I don't know!
All in all, Fire Study was a wonderful end to the Study series which is definitely one to keep coming back to.
About the author:
Maria V. Snyder earned an MA in Popular Fiction Writing from Seton Hill University. Her freelance articles appear in magazines and newspapers, and she enjoys teaching fiction writing classes at the local college.
My Rating: 9/10
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