Review: Magic Study – Things Aren’t So Easy in Citia

Posted June 4, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: Magic Study – Things Aren’t So Easy in CitiaMagic Study by Maria V Snyder
Series: Study #2
Publisher: Luna (2006)
{11 hours and 35 minutes} (392 pages)
Also by this author: Poison Study, Fire Study
Also in this series: Poison Study, Fire Study
Reading Challenges: Read 2015


You know your life is bad when you miss your days as a poison taster…
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can’t help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don’t think it’s for the better….
Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training—especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies…

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My Review

This continues Yelena’s story from Poison Study. She is exiled from Ixia on a death charge simply because she has magical abilities. She has to go to the Magician’s Keep in Sitia to learn to control her magic. She needs to meet her Citian family, the Zaltanas.

In Citia Yelena discovers that not only does she have a mother and father but she also has an older brother, Leif. Leif has a lot of resentment towards his sister, most of which isn’t explained until later in the book. For her part, Yelena isn’t sure how to react and respond to a family she never knew she had. However, she doesn’t have much time to spend with them before she must leave for the Magician’s Keep at the Citadel.

On route to the Citadel, Leif and Yelena are ambushed by Cahil, the long lost nephew of the late Ixian king, who believes that Yelena is a spy for the Commander of Ixia. It is a rather intense start to Yelena’s time in Citia.

When Yelena finally arrives at the Keep and is cleared of being a potential Ixian spy, things still are rather complicated. Yelena has developed some unique skills and abilites as well as a different way to see the world due to her time in Ixia. It sets her at odds with most of her peers.

I missed Valek in this book. We didn’t get to see him until about halfway into the story. When he did come in, he was great. I love how he backs up Yelena. He is there when she needs him to be and he gives her space when she asks for it.

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