My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Poison Study is the first book in the Chronicles of Ixia.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favourites.
Yelena is on deathrow when Valek comes to her with an offer that’s almost too good to believe: She can be spared, but only if she agrees to risk her life by tasting the Commander of Ixia’s for poison. To ensure that she won’t just run away, Valek poisons her with Butterfly Dust and thus making sure she’ll come back daily to get the antidote. If that wasn’t enough, Yelena is starting to develop magical powers that she can’t seem to control—and it proves to attract even more trouble for her as she tries to hide it from the very people who banned magic in the first place.
I was attracted to the blurb, and when I finally sat down to read, it didn’t disappoint. The world building was believable, and I liked that we discovered the magic system along with Yelena herself. The start hooked me right away, and I loved how fleshed out Yelena was. Her background was heartbreaking, and when I discovered why she became a murderer, my heart broke into pieces.
The story is filled with humor, shameless flirting, adventure, magic, and friendships. I loved reading about Yelena and how she made friends with the guards at the palace. And of course, the romance was low key, but still enough to get this fan girl heart beating faster.
When I read Poison Study, I kept thinking of the Throne of Glass series. While both are super different, there were some cross overs in the feel of the book.
So, if you liked Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, then I am reasonably sure you’ll enjoy this story, as well.