Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
A QUICK DEATH
OR SLOW POISON...
Yelena has a choice-be executed for murder or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.
life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can't. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?
When Yelena realises she has extraordinary magical powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death...
I give it-5/5
My review (non spoiler)-This is one of my favourite books ever! I read it about 5 years ago and have re-read it ever since! The author actually came to my school at that time and talked about the books and that's where I heard about it and not many people now have heard of this book so in short; read this book! It has me hooked from the first page and going on the journey with Yelena makes you feel like you're actually there! The way Maria has made up this world and everything in it is magical! So well written and so amazing! I could actually go on for pages and pages praising this book as it was one of the first books I had ever read that got me so hooked that I got addicted to the entire trilogy and I didn't leave my house for a week reading it. I love Yelena she's such a strong character and I love that about females in books when they've been written as a strong and confident character! The whole story is breathtaking and it makes you wish you where in the story.