Maria V. Snyder Fire Study


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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.

Hat mich total angefixt und ich bin happy das es mittlerweile 3 neue Teile gibt :-)

— Kugeni

Auch dem dritten Band fehlt das Besondere.

— Nicks
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  • Team Valek

    Fire Study


    29. February 2016 um 13:43

    Well, yes, no. I don´t feel comfortable with the whole story anymore. This series certainly needs a backward reviewing. Because in hindsight I have to look upon every installment from a quite different angle. In hindsight, I did the first installment a great wrong. The conclusion to the Study series shows so many blanks it feels like I was stringing together sentences, sequences and pages without coherence until Ixia and Valek reappeared. Those parts I still love. With the rest, though, I have tons of issues. First of all, biggest of all and certainly most annoying of all there is this far too complicated plot. Could be me, but it is way too confusing to follow. It is like stepping into a labyrinth jinxed by a Death Eater- no escape and certainly no exit. It would´ve been enough if we had had one villain an the international conflict. Speaking of - I really, strongly dislike Sitia. It´s ruled by idiots and I don´t see any reason why Yelena has any loyalties towards it besides her family. While Ixia´s peaceful and certainly more civilized, Sitia´s full of powerful, greedy and dumb wannabe leaders who can´t come together a string of coherent thoughts. Instead all they do is counseling . I couldn´t stand it. Anyway, instead of two simple, yet interesting problems, we are bombarded by different evils who all want different things. Somewhere along the way I completely lost track of who wanted what and who worked with whom. Also, the ever changing loyalties didn´t hold any logic. Focus on the task, guys! That´s no way to conquer a country. Up until Valek´s entrance it´s been a lot of going here, walking there, beating one guy, killing the next and feeding the horse. To what purpose, exactly? And why did the Ixia plot line get lost?? I mean, they were the big threat and crossing the border was like the biggest mistake you could make. Suddenly, though, there´s heavy traffic between the countries and guys who´ve been chased and wanted forever dance around cities without any problems. Valek. Who is and was my hero. Got degraded to a little helper and the constant knight in shining armor without ever encountering an ounce of gratitude. Instead, Yelena expects him to save her on a regular basis. And omg, how much I hated this one - sentence - dissolution of his resistance towards magic. He did not deserve that. The Commander, who´s a woman but a man as well and a wholly complicated person in general, has magic. OMG who would have thought that. I´m stunned. I´m disappointed and annoyed. Frankly, if the story would´ve made a 360 turn towards Valek´s PoV and the happenings in Ixia instead of Yelena´s story, I would´ve loved it. Instead I found myself wishing for a quick end. Which, by the way, fit the rest of the story perfectly. I didn´t blow me off my feet.

  • Maria V. Synder - Fire Study (The Chronicles of Ixia # 3)

    Fire Study


    30. June 2014 um 18:35

    In (Very) Short: + entertaining, funny, thrilling, fantastic + final installment of the trilogy + fast paced, sometimes a little to fast for me + Yelena's final battle and a little surprise who the real bad guy is and how many there are + Yelena never denies that she needs help to win this battle My Opinion: I love this book! I love the series! I love the author! I don't love that the trilogy is over, but I so happy and greatful I stumbled across The Chronicles of Ixia or the Study Trilogy – whatever you want to call it. (SPOILER: If you have not read the previous books, you might not want to read on!) Yelena stopped Ferd from completing the ritual to gain uncontrollable powers and released the souls he had captured. Thus identifying herself as a Soulfinder, a powerful Magician, who is feared in Sitia. When Yelena begins to search for the Ferd, who has fled the Keep, and discovers a plot against her former homeland Ixia as well as Sitia, she fights and struggles to save both countries while keeping those she holds close to heart alive as well. Yelena faces off with her strongest opponent yet and in order to do so, she has to accept what she really is. Just as the books prior, this one was thrilling, funny, exiting, and fast paced. I mean really fast paced. Sometimes it was to fast for me. I do understand that plans do not necessarily have to work out the way they are planned, but it seemed they never really do with Yelena. About every 30 pages there is a new twist and they have to plan again. There is always someone who wrecks those lovely and logical plans. It was a little frustrating and I wanted something to go right at times. I liked that although Yelena is very powerful, she is not a superhero kind of person, but still gets into sticky situations where she needs help and accepts that. But because of this fast pace and because of the wonderful characters that I learned to like, love, and hate, I couldn't put the book down. After I started it, I knew I had to finish it in one sitting and I did. The characters are lovable as always. I enjoyed the sarcasm and bickering between Yelena and her brother Leif (something that was new in this book), Valek's unfaltering trust, Yelena's doubts, Ari's and Janco's arguing, Maren's loyalty, and Rose's bitchiness. It was definitely a great combination. I don't think I have to say anything about the writing anymore: it's fluent, easy, and wonderful. Bottom Line: A great and satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I'm gonna miss the characters, but I will definitely pick up other books from this author.