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Summary

New York Times best-selling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond - and a family - that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall - and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician...and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

©2017 Maria V. Snyder (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Really disappointing audio

The narration for this book is poor. There are pauses where there shouldn't be, e.g. Councillor 'Pause' Bavol... and the narrators voice is flat, lifeless and hard to engage with. I'm a huge fan of this series and have waited a long time to hear Yelena and Valeks conclusion. I bought the audio book because it was released on Audible earlier than the UK paperback but will have to wait for the physical copy as I find my attention wandering with this version.

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Dumbed Down :-{

In Book 1 of the Ixia Series, Poison Study, and the two books which followed, Magic and Fire Study, the character of Yelena was smart, competent and savvy, and I realy liked and admired her for her tenacity and courage, given everything she had been forced to endure. Unfortunately in the final three books, Shadow, Night and Dawn Study, clever Yelena has become a simpering idiot, and I seriously wanted to slap her silly, which would have been a vast improvement to the brainless bint she has become. The character of Valek has also turned into a spineless weed. Valek became one of my all time favourite male literary characters, when I first encountered him in Poison Study. But in the final three books, I just wanted to kick him in the *****. I don't know what happened but I am so disappointed with the final three books. One of the few high point was the fantastic narration, by Gabra Zackman. Indeed she was the only thing that kept me listening to the end. I waited a long time for this trilogy to be published, but I doubt I'll wait for any more, if they're anything like this. Not a Happy Kitty :-{

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Fantastic book following up on an awesome series

fantastic book great narrator who offers lots of accents to differentiate the characters. the story line is standard poison study storyline. it does get a bit comical in parts about how many times people are 'rescued' from various situations but this book doesn't dissapointed and continues the story of Valek an Yelena beautifully.

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  • Kelly
  • Paulton, United Kingdom
  • 02-03-17

Maria does not fail to capture my attention

Wow! what a blast! I've found myself stood in rapt attention to the story. All your favourite characters, adventure and excitement.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-17

Absolutley loved the entire Poison Study series!

Especaially this concluding book! I read the first three books, and listened to the last two. Now I wish i had the books to look back at! However, the narrator was amazing and I loved "hearing" Valek's voice and personality.

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  • Susan Ritter
  • 02-02-17

Another amazing book!

Wow!!!! Adventure, friends, love, and as always kept on the edge of my seat!!! I just can't get enough of this gang!!! Thank you for another amazing book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-18

love the book and story

Excellent. Live the book. The whole series was awesome. Wish there was more would love to see what their child can and can not due. Great Characters.

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  • Christina
  • 16-02-18

Amazing books!

I loved every minute of these intriguing books! All 6 were each great stories! The narrator was wonderful! So much character!

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  • d.e.matthews
  • 26-12-17

AWESOME BOOK! LOVE THIS SERIES!

I loved everything about Dawn Study except that I thought it was too short! One thousand pages would be to short for me. LOL! I could listen to more books in this series, and hope that there are more. Gabe’s Zackman is an incredible narrator and I have enjoyed many titles on her “playlist”. She and Maria make a great time!

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  • Gabby
  • 10-08-17

The Study Series

If you have not had a chance to listen, please don't miss out. One of the best series available. The stories keep you engaged from beginning to end. And on the edge of your seat. The narrator is spectacular and so empathic to the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-07-17

great book

I loved the entire series, kept me engaged the entire time, Gabra is great also

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  • Tambalina
  • 10-06-17

Perfection

Not only is Maria V Snyder my favorite author, but honestly, I would probably listen to Gabra Zackman read the phone book! I have loved following Valek and Yelena from the beginning, enjoying both the uniqueness and continuity of their stories and journeys through each book. Dawn Study did not disappoint. I went thru bouts of smiling, smirking, chills, dripping my jaw and yes, even tears in this one. Absolute perfection.

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  • Sarah L G
  • 04-06-17

Disappointed

This book seems to drag on more than any of the other books in the series. It is my least favorite of the series because of that. I kept waiting for it to end and I'm not sure why it just wasn't as cohesive as the other volumes.

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  • Krista
  • 17-05-17

As always, my favorite author did it again!

Wonder-filled & captivating. Narrator's also my favorite. I'm always searching for Maria V Snyder's next book in this series. Excellent story!