Audiobook Series Review: The "Study" series by Maria V. Snyder

 With the new release of "Shadow Study" by Maria V. Snyder, I got the chance to review all of her "Study" series before the release. I had the books for a while on my TBR list but I finally 'read' them as audiobooks!

The series is amazing and it not disappoint anyone!



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I had the chance to 'read' the whole series as audiobooks. No page was turned in this series and I must admit that the narrator did a great job with the voices of Yelena, Valek and their friends and foes.

A Yelena begins her journey through the Commander's castle to the magic society later, she evolves a woman, character and heroine. She is flawed, makes mistakes but she tries to amend for them.
As her story on "Poison Study" progress, she deals with her brutal past and with Valek as her boss (at first), they unravel the mystery around Brazel and the magicians.

On "Magic Study" while Valek joins the plot later, there are great explanations on how the society works, the clans on Sitia even the weather is described. With new characters on Yelena's story as a magician apprentice, she will come forth as new evil powers threaten to destroy her and her firends.

Finally, on "Fire Study" the battle will reach its peak with Yelena's, Valek's and their companions' lives in grave danger as the map of Ixia and Sitia will never be the same again.

This series has one of the best world building, unforgettable characters and great romance. Maria's descriptions through Yelena's eyes for Valek are truly AMAZING!

Recommnded to those who want a good dose of adventure, fighting, magic and romance!

As for Shadow Study check below! (click the cover for AMAZON)

  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,

"Doing full justice to the plot of this original and entertaining epic fantasy is impossible. Suffice it to say that the action is nonstop. The many characters leap to life, particularly Yelena, whose first-person narrative is riveting."
~ RT Book Reviews on Fire Study

About the author:

 Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. 
She also enjoys creating new worlds where horses and swords rule, 'cause let's face it, they're cool, although she's been known to trap her poor characters in a giant metal cube and let them figure out how to get out. Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at

What do you think? Are you excited for the new book as I am? Have you ever read the series?