Book Review: Fire Study

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

Published February 2008 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.|Run Time: 11 hours, 20 minutes

Where I Got It: audible.com

Series: Study #3

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads|You can find Maria V. Snyder on Facebook

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Fire Study is a great end to the Study series!  I loved seeing a little of the history of magic, and that people are not what they seem.  I really don’t want to give anything away, but I can’t say I’m surprised by certain…revelations about certain characters. One in particular would be much more correct, but at the same time, I brushed it off because I thought it would be too obvious.

I liked that Yelena finally figured out her true path as a Soulfinder and learned more about it.  Also: I think it was this book where we saw Opal make her glass animals, but I started listening to Fire Study, like, right after finishing Magic Study, so there’s a good chance I may talk about things that happened in Magic Study.  Although, Magic Study and Fire Study are pretty similar, and Fire Study felt like a continuation of Magic Study, so…I don’t think it’ll matter too much.

The thing with the Fire Warper…goodness!  I’m glad Yelena found a way to defeat him, and trap the souls of those who did seem really horrible things to Sitia.  I do have to say that there are some things in Snyder’s Glass series that make so much more sense now that I’ve listened to Fire Study.  They made sense before reading this series, but knowing the full story makes so much more sense!

As for characters…I loved Kiki and Moon Man.  They are such great characters, and I think they’re great for Yelena.  Speaking of Yelena, I actually don’t have a lot of thoughts about her.  I liked her journey to figuring out this whole Soulfinder thing, and how she is capable enough to be a Master Magician, but she turned it down to focus on being a Soulfinder and liaison between Ixia and Sitia.

Things were wrapped up really well, but it also felt like there’s more to the story. Almost like Snyder wanted to leave things just open enough that she could revisit Yelena’s story if she wanted to.  I have no clue if Snyder had her Glass series in mind when she was working on Fire Study, but that could be one possibility for why the ending of Fire Study felt pretty open.

As for the other characters, I don’t have a whole lot of thoughts on them.  I will say that Zackman did a great job with the different voices, and did a great job narrating.

Final Thoughts:

I felt like I haven’t really talked a lot about Fire Study!  I think part of it is because Magic Study and Fire Study are running together, but there’s a lot of action in Fire Study that kept things interesting, and I did like Yelena make quite a bit of progress with her Soulfinder abilities.  Fire Study gets 4 stars.

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