Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Series: Study, book 4
Recommend to Others: Yes
Yelena and company are back in this exciting continuation of the Study series. Once again danger and intrigue permeate this novel. Yelena and her friends must sift through the mystery surrounding them. No stranger to danger, Yelena is once again targeted as she is dealt with a serious blow by an unknown assassin. She finds herself suddenly unable to access her magic. Extremely vulnerable, she quickly seeks to find out who the assailant is and how she can restore her magic before any of her countless enemies learn her secret. But that’s not the only plot needed to be uncovered as Valek, Ari and Janco search for whomever is smuggling illegal goods in and out of Ixia and Sitia. Tensions are rising on both sides. It’s up to Yelena and friends to temper it before things get out of hand.
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Shadow Study is an exhilarating novel with action starting right away and not letting up until the very end. I was so happy when I learned that Maria V. Snyder was going to continue the Study series and she does not disappoint her fans.
As a book nerd and someone who’s read the three books prior to this one, it was like a family reunion getting reacquainted with old characters – Yelena, Valek, Leif, Opal, Janco, Ari and Kiki. I’m glad to see them again and watch them combat this new danger that they are facing.
Synder using three points of view – Yelena, Valek and Janco’s – was an interesting touch and worked really well in telling the story. I think the differing POVs added to the suspense because the reader was never stuck in one place and got the full effect of the action and danger happening. Readers old and new are able to learn more about these specific characters and the plot but also plenty of background information of events that happened in the previous novels. I was pleasantly surprised that Synder chose Janco as one of the POVs. Janco is a laid-back, jovial type of character who never fails to make you smile, so it was refreshing to know his thoughts one the situation at hand.
What I liked most about this novel is that the action never let up and there was always something new arising. There are so many secrets and mysteries to be solved. The reader is left to wonder how these things will alter the fates of both Ixia and Sitia. I can’t even begin to guess how Yelena and her friends are going to deal with all that they’ve discovered so far in Shadow Study. There’s a lot of political intrigue going on in this novel that it’ll be interesting to see how some (if not all) of it plays out in Night Study, the next book in the series.