Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
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Murder, mayhem and magic…

Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.

But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.


About Maria V. Snyder

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Maria V. Snyder was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University in 1988, before deciding to become a novelist in 1995. Snyder graduated with a Master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2007. The first two books in Snyder's popular fantasy/romance Study series, Poison Study and Magic Study, were Booksense picks in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Poison Study received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and Magic Study was a RITA Award finalist. Snyder has also written science fiction short stories and freelance magazine and newspaper articles, in addition to teaching fiction writing classes at a local college. Her book Spy Glass was published in 2010 and landed on the New York Times bestseller list.
Published August 15, 2012 by MIRA. 431 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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The author states that she had great fun acting out the complex fighting scenes in the book (she is trained in Issinryu karate);

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He imparts his valuable knowledge on poisons and poisonous substances which Yelena must learn quickly or face the fatal consequences.

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Snyder’s ‘Poison Study’ can be found at the local library or purchased as text or e-book at: 'Poison Study' at Amazon 'Poison Study' at AmazonUK 'Poison Study' at Borders 'Poison Study' at Barnes and Nobles

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Poison Study, along with the sequels Magic Study and Fire Study are set in a world comprised of the countries Ixia and Sitia.

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Assassin Study is a short tale is between Poison Study and Magic Study.

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