Book Review: Magic Study

Magic Study CoverBook: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder|Narrated by Gabra Zackman

Published September 2006 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd|Run Time: 11 hours, 35 minutes

Where I Got It: Audiobook via

Series: Study #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads|You can find Maria V. Snyder on Facebook Summary: 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 new-found 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.

I really liked Magic Study.  So, Yelena certainly has a lot to deal with in Magic Study. Like her older brother, who’s all hostile, because he thinks she’s a spy for Ixia.  And she doesn’t remember anything about her time in Sitia, which seems to disappoint her family, but eventually, she does get those memories back.

So, I totally love Kiki, Yelena’s horse!  I couldn’t help but smile every single time Kiki came up.  I also have a soft spot for Valek, Ari, and Janco, who, thankfully, make an appearance in the book.  I found Valek much more likeable and swoon-worthy in Magic Study.  I liked them together in Poison Study, but I think the separation between them in Magic Study made me like him a lot more.

I also liked Moon Man, and thought his addition to the book was a great one, especially with Yelena’s relationship with her brother.  They definitely have an interesting but complicated relationship, and I really look forward to seeing their relationship develop.

In Magic Study, we meet Opal from Snyder’s Glass series!  I knew that series was a spin-off of this one, so it was nice to see some of the things mentioned in that series. Granted, they happen a little differently than I was expecting, but we meet her sister Tulla, and it was nice to see her before some of the craziness takes over.  Although it could have been due to the fact that you’re seeing it from a different perspective.

I liked seeing Sitia!  It’s such a different place than Ixia, and I liked seeing Yelena adjust to a completely different world where many people are not trusting of her because of where she grew up.  I also liked Yelena’s magical training and how she had different offers to help guide and train her.  I also liked how she discovered different abilities and how she discovered she had them.

Magic Study is really engrossing and I just couldn’t stop listening because I needed to know what was going to happen!  I also liked Gabra Zackman as the narrator, and I thought she did really well with the different voices…especially Kiki’s!

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Magic Study.  It didn’t have the same charm to it that Poison Study did, and I didn’t like it as much as Poison Study, but it was still a fun listen.  Magic Study gets 4 stars.

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