Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

“The glass walls and ceiling of the house shattered with an eruption of sound. Unable to reach Yelena in time, Valek watched in horror as razor-sharp shards and jagged chunks crashed down onto her huddled form.”

What I expected:
Assassins, magic and politicking between two nations. Where one side recognises the worth of magic and the other has a leader who abhors it. 

What it was:
The book continues the story of Yelena and Valek and their friends and family as they strive to keep their life’s safe and happy. Needless to say there are those who wish them otherwise and this book charts a part of their story.

It is hard to work work out what Valek’s superior, the Commander, is up to; and both Valek and Yelena have ideas about that. But there are urgent reasons for ensuring that Yelena is not in danger, once she finds herself unable to use her own magic anymore.

Yelena and Valek have to each travel their own way to solve separate mysteries and problems before they can be reunited to work together on creating a safer place for their future life together.

I enjoyed reading this tale and was quite annoyed with myself, to find that I had read it through to the end quite so quickly. Now I have to wait to find out what happens next!!

This is a well crafted piece of work which is both exciting and engaging. I enjoyed reading it no end and look forward to the next novel being released. I can heartily recommend it. 

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

Get your copy:
Night Study (The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 8)

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Official description:
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.


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