Waiting on Wednesday: Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Poison Study is a favorite book of mine. I can't say why I connected with it so well since it is so dark and overall a rather depressing book, but it did. I'm ecstatic that Snyder is revisiting Yelena and her world. Here's my WOW pick this week:

Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1)Shadow Study 
(Soulfinders #1)
by Maria V. Snyder
YA Fantasy
Paperback, 384 pages
February 24th 2015 by Mira


New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous.

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  1. This sounds really good, thanks for sharing :)

  2. I have a friend who raves about Maria V. Snyder. I have not read any of her books yet. Intrigued though.

  3. kirstymariejonesstudioreads12/3/14, 4:41 AM

    I still haven't read the first series yet, on my TBR though! :)

    Here's mine

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  4. I've seen this one around a lot! I haven't read anything by the author, but I do want to pick this one up once it comes out! Thanks for sharing :)

    Here's my WoW!

  5. I've really got to read something by this author soon! I've got the Inside OUt book at home. Great pick!

    out my WOW

  6. I adore Snyder. I loved the first series and am excited for this one. I just hope she can pull it off.

    Here's my post

    Also, I have a $30 Amazon giftcard giveaway going on, so don't miss it.

  7. I found Poison Study rather dark as well. It's been a while but I think I remember it being well-written. Adding Shadow Study to my TBR list!

  8. Cannot wait for this one! Loved the Study series, can't believe she' continuing with it, but yay! ~Pam

  9. Cali Willette12/3/14, 7:00 PM

    I love the cover and excerpt! Can't wait for this book too.

  10. I've been meaning to check out Marie V Synder since forever, maybe I should just jump into the new series, haha. Great pick, thanks for sharing!

    Here's my WOW (:

  11. I have yet to read this author. Everyone seems to love her. I should give her a try! I thought this was part of a series. Is it a spin off? Enjoy! My WOW

  12. I'm happy to see the author returning to her first series. I really enjoyed Yelena's first book (didn't read the other two), but I wasn't blown away by the Healer series. I am curious to see what will happen with her and Valek.

    Leeanna.me: WoW


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