Series: Study #2
Release Date: 2005
After I finished Poison Study, I decided to move straight into Magic Study! I was interested to see where the story was going to go once Yelena traveled to Sitia to meet her family and to learn to control her magic.
- Missing old friends. I was definitely missing Yelena’s old friends for the first half of the book. I just wasn’t quite as invested in any of the new characters as I was in Valek, Janco and Ari. I was very happy when my favorite characters showed back up in Yelena’s life!
- Yelena and Valek. Fans of the first book will be happy to know that Valek and Yelena were still going strong in Magic Study. I was a bit nervous when there were faint hints at a love triangle, but luckily Yelena keeps her head on straight where men are concerned! I also loved Valek and Yelena’s relationship in this book because, while their relationship grew, they didn’t become co-dependent. Valek supported (and protected) Yelena, even when she chose to put herself in danger – over and over again. Also, while I’m still hoping that these two get their happily ever after, I’m glad that they didn’t let their relationship make all of their decisions for them and they didn’t forget everything else around them in order to be together. Their relationship faces complications – I hope that in book #3, they’re able to get past those complications!
- The magic. I loved learning more about the magic in Yelena’s world and seeing it in action. While the magic was still relatively subtle (there were no huge magical battles), we got to see a LOT more of it and learn what Yelena is truly capable of. I loved that Yelena had been using her powers all along (in the first book) without knowing it and how Snyder tied events in the Poison Study into Magic Study, allowing us to see a clearer picture of what had already happened in the first book.
- Political questions. This book furthered the political questions that were posed in Poison Study and again explored what makes a leader and a kingdom successful. I enjoyed this in the first book and appreciated that Yelena still pondered these questions in book #2.
- Danger. Just like in Poison Study, Yelena seems to have a target on her back. Okay, there are times when you start to wonder just why everyone seems to want Yelena dead, but it makes for a very exciting read! I appreciated that, once again, Yelena managed to take care of herself and didn’t need a knight in shining armor to come save her (although some occasional help from her friends was welcomed).
- Sitia. I absolutely adored Yelena’s family’s homeland in the trees. I thought that Snyder did an excellent job creating this world and describing it in a way that made it come alive, complete with interesting creatures and unique plant-life. There were other very unique parts of Sitia as well and I look forward to seeing even more of them in future books.