Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

FireStudyTitle: Fire Study

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Mira Books

Pages: 441

Rating: 4.5/5

The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before….

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.

I was kind of worried about this book because it was the last in the trilogy (at least, it was when I read it – after I finished it I read that the author had just recently made a deal to write three more books in the series, which I’m not too sure how I feel about) and I had seen a few Goodreads review lamenting the way the series had gone downhill. For me, though, this book ended the series well and left my happy feelings over the books in general intact.

It was great returning to this world and its characters. I’m truly interested in Yelena’s adventures and want to see her succeed, which is very important but unfortunately lacking in some books I’ve read recently. This book was fairly long, which was kind of intimidating before I started it, but it went by fairly quickly because I was interested to see what would happen next.

There are two types of short reviews – reviews for books that just didn’t impress me but didn’t infuriate me either and reviews for books I really like but can’t truly put into words. This is one of the latter. I liked this book plain and simple, from the elaborate world to the interesting characters. I’m not going to argue that it’s brilliant literature or anything, but it was an interesting trilogy that I’m glad I read and I definitely plan on checking out the spin-off/companion trilogy and the future Study books.



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