Re-Read: Poison Study
Publication Date: October 1, 2005
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...
When I First Read
What I Remember
Bits and pieces of when she is testing the poison and when she finally realizes who she is in love with. The ending worked for me which I know a lot of people were unhappy with.
Why I wanted to Re-Read
Three years ago I didn't feel like I wanted to keep reading Yelena's story. My niece couldn't believe that I didn't finish the series and begged me to re-read.
How I Felt After Re-Reading
Not as enjoyable as the first time. Valek didn't have quite the same appeal. Some re-reads for me fly by and this one seemed to drag on.
Would I Re-Read Again
No I would not re-read this again. Especially after reading the second book Magic Study. I was so disappointed. Valek ends up becoming more of a side kick and Yelena's "I know better than everybody else" attitude drove me up a wall.