Thursday, 27 July 2017

{English} Fire Study (Study #3) - Maria V. Snyder


Review of part 1: Poison Study
Review of part 2: Magic Study

For fans of: Thrones of Glass - Sarah J. Maas, His Fair Assassin - Robin LaFevers
Publication: 2008
ISBN: 1848452411
Pages: 441

Blurb: 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 skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey 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.

Cover: This one is as simple as the others and I really like all of them. The title matches very well too, since fire is an important aspect here.

Content: I'm slightly disappointed. There wasn't much in here of what made me fall in love with the first book. I liked it better when the story was still set only in Ixia. Don't get me wrong, the story was still enjoyable, but it wasn't the same. The feeling of all of it was quite like the second book. Unfortunately there wasn't much new in here. Poison Study is still a special snowflake, while Fire Study is just like every High Fantasy novel ever.

I instantly liked Yelena in the first book, I wanted to be like her, but it was hard to relate to her here. So many conflicts could have been avoided, if she had just listened to others. Some scenes were really frustrating to read.
I'm still not the biggest fan of Valek and this book didn't change much. He's like the unimportant love interest from Hollywood blockbusters. Just there to support Yelena (but of course not all the time), cause drama and... well, be the love interest. Because somehow there has to be a steamy romance in all Fantasy novels. Just that it's not steamy.

The plot got confusing at some points, as if it wasn't planned through enough. I was missing the golden thread here. While I couldn't stop reading Poison Study and even Magic Study sometimes, I couldn't wait to finish Fire Study.

Writing Style: Everything felt drawn out, it was really slow in the beginning and the end. There were things that I liked, yes, but they were overshadowed by the boring parts. If the author would have increased the pacing, shortened all the lengthy parts and maybe put it into one novel with Magic Study, I'm sure it would have been much better.
There are many more books in this series, but back in 2008 Fire Study was supposed to be the conclusion of this trilogy. It is definitely missing the big BOOM that other third novels usually have.

My conclusion: Even though I'm not completely satisfied with this book, I'll continue reading the series. Just not immediately, maybe.

My rating: 3/5 Buttons

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