Friday, July 17, 2009

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Fire Study is the third book in the Study Trilogy.
Read Elise's Poison Study review and my Magic Study review!

The Glass Trilogy is a companion trilogy to the Study Trilogy. Read Elise's Storm Glass review!


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.


Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10!!!
Voice: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Total Score: 70/70

Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Some, but not very frequently.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: None, really.
Sexual Content: A few scenes; some discussion of rape.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some very graphic and disturbing scenes of disembowlment and murder.


After a long and anxious wait, I finally received Fire Study and was able to read it. I was not disappointed. I read this epic ending to an amazing story in one sitting, completely unable to put it down.

Fire Study had a different feeling than the other two books. The atmosphere for the first three quarters or so was heavier, sadder, angrier. The content was more intense, and our beloved Yelena encountered problems we never believed she would have. Her troubled voice was powerful and human throughout.

In true Maria V. Snyder fashion, the reader is made to wait several hundred pages before the lovers are reunited. I have noticed that in all of her books this seems to be the case. In Fire Study particularly, Yelena and Valek's relationship took many surprising turns.

To get to the point, if you have never read Maria V. Snyder, you need to, as it is obvious that Elise and I are wholly captivated by her writing. The Study Trilogy is so epic, so satisfying, so fantastic. Since reading Fire by Kristen Cashore, I haven't been so in love with a story. These books are essential to fantasy lovers. Don't miss them.

Don't miss Maria V. Snyder's short stories, especially Power Study and Assassin Study, both set in the world of the Study Trilogy!


  1. Maria is one of my favorite authors and I love all of her books, so you have a another die hard fan in me! Have you read Storm Glass yet?

  2. Didn't I say you'd love Fire Study?! :D Well, duh. Of course you would. Glad we can love it together :)

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