Magic Study by Maria V Snyder (The Chronicles of Ixia #2) ★★★★☆
First Published: 2006
Publisher: MIRA Ink
This review may contain spoilers for previous books in the series
You know your life is complicated when you miss your days as a poison taster…
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be united with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But although she has gained her freedom, she once again finds herself alone – separated from her lover Valek and suspected as a spy for her reluctance to conform to Sitian ways.
Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training – especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes embroiled in a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a lost prince – and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with her new enemies.
From the offset we can see that this novel will be very different from the first. We’re out of the familiar territories and into the unknown as Yelena discovers where she came from.
While I did miss the royal setting (one I love in novels), I was soon swept up in the magic as Yelena explores her new powers. We have a wonderful cast of new characters, an expansion into the history of Sitia and an interesting magic system.
We’ve moved on so far in the story in just two books, I’m intrigued to see where Snyder will go next.