Fire Study

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 abilitie, and grac of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her ourney 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.
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Fire Study
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Published February 26th 2008 by Mira Books

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In fact, it got 2 stars from me instead of one just because Snyder eventually delivered what is so painfully expected throughout the whole- excessively long- book.

I caught myself skipping parts, wandering with my mind elsewhere- the Beauty and the Beast cartoon that my kids were watching was more interesting at times- and just being outright irritated with the dragging on and on and on.

In his memoi, she just pissed me off the entir time.

Valek appears yet again really late in he book- yes, after that tiresome neverending rescue mission- and again is so secondary to the protagonist of Yelena he seems there just to be her supporting actor.

And uninteresting, I 'd say.So sadly and with my heart torn to pieces, I ive a book 2 stars only because it ended ok.

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I could ead this authors future work, definitely, but migh alway be putting this book in thi " keeper " pile with Poison Study.

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I wan more Yelena ( and Valek, duh) in my life! This book did n't reall reach the high standards I 'd set because of the previous two books though.

first 200 pages ( which is pretty much half of the ook) dragged on and were a bit repetitive even.

Thi first part definitely had me on the edge of my seat pretty much thi entire time.

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It had it 's moments but mostly it was " blah " .So if we are going according to the chart, the first nove in the Study series should involve zombies!!

To sum up, the Study series in descending order: weeeeeee, eh, blah, zombies!! In Fire Study, epic fantasy combines with action in the retellin of Yelena, a young man who has recently discovered her magical abilities and ( shocker!) needs to use them to help save the world! When you understan book with an insightful horse that communicates telepathically with it 's rider and gives advice while still managing to avoid preaching and be nothing like Ishmael, then occasionall you would kno that you had hit the jackpot! Things I enjoyed about the book:1) Kiki- Insightful and hilarious telepathic talking horse.B) A very batty spirit guide for your journey.3) Making nice with giant snakes! [ image error ] Things I did n't like: A) The endless disguising and playing dress-up.351) All the rehashing and recycling of events.I found myself othered by one of thi villai 's story lines and much to my surprise, I was intrigued by his absence.

Cahil had begun to grow on me and I do n't like it when fluff characters or those who provide comic relief turn into the goo guy, if you can really even call him that.

In fact, his character could easily have been explored to a much deeper level and used to ake he story more interesting.The villains did n't expect to b th face either.

he ntire ook was just kinda of " Yelena against the man ".

Most of ook, it just ha n't clear who the ultimate evil was or who exactly it was we were fighting against.Now, my answer to he question: Who 's the man?

I bsolutely ated the near disappearance of my two favourit characters, Ari and Janco.

ow hat is a spin-off I would love!! I reall enjoy a good serie.

But near the en, I elt like the circumstances with Opal Cohen were contrived specifically with the ntent to launch the spin-off series.

Although, I certainly did enjoy the way Opal 's ability came into play at the end.Throughout a good portion of thi novel, Yelena 's is accompanied by her storyweaver and official guru, Moon Man. He is witty, wise, and great- but no to an extent.

He as not at all the Valek I loved in the third nove.

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Until that 100-page mark, th book didn ’ t particularl feel like a finale, just simply another instalment in thi series, which is rather disappointing.

At least her brother, Leif, called her out on it: “ Truthfully, I didn ’ t like the distrustful and mean person you became in Ixia.

Never be careful, as I ’ d like to eep her around for a while. ” Yes, I ’ ve FINALLY warmed up to Leif haha.

Grrr… Hopefully, this hall be remedied in the Soulfinders trilogy.I also didn ’ t like Cahill ’ s character arc because it was extremely onfusing.

: PSpeaking of Valek, he and Yelena made an adorable couple and I love them anywa, to much!

They felt that they kne each other, but focused on the task at hand, rather than fixating on kissing each other, like ome couples that I will mention in various YA series… Valek is and always ill be the highlight of the Study trilogy for me!

I totall dored how loyal she was to Yelena and how she worried over the safety of her “ Lavender Lady. ” While a number of aspects of novel admittedly disappointed me, I did love this book as I was reading it because of how attached I am to this world and its characters.

<3 I need more Valek in my life!

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