Cherry Mischievous

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Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
Book 3 of the Yelena Zaltana trilogy

Genre: fantasy

About 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 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.

Source: Info in the About Fire Study was taken from GoodReads at on 16/04/2011.

Stunning conclusion to the Study trilogy. I like this author’s “voice”. It “feels” easy to read and the story flows smoothly. The only thing I find a bit annoying is the plot. The author has the tendency to make her characters act stupid in a blatant effort to add a bit more drama to the story. I blame that more to the weak plot rather than a character development flaw. And that is the only reason that this book got a less than 5, otherwise this book is a really great read!!

Emperical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 5
Character Development = 4
World Building = 5
Plot = 3
Pace = 4.5
Cover Art = 5
Ending = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Yelena Zaltana Trilogy:


21/02/2012 - Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, fantasy, Maria V. Snyder, review, Study series, Uncategorized, Yelena Zaltana trilogy


  1. I love this series and I finally started the Study series and its really great too.

    Comment by Jenny N. | 21/02/2012 | Reply

  2. Oh I hated this one! Honestly, the worst book of that year. And such a shame cos I loved book 1

    Comment by Blodeuedd | 21/02/2012 | Reply

  3. Sounds great. I really need to try this series someday.

    Comment by Juju at Tales of | 22/02/2012 | Reply

  4. One of my favourite series. Are you going to read the companion series? I really enjoyed Opal's story too.

    Comment by Hoping 4 More | 23/02/2012 | Reply

  5. I love the new book covers. Really stunning. Just recently finished the Study series, I have mixed feelings for the last two but really LOVED Poison Study.

    Comment by Prangon: The Nerd In Heels | 24/02/2012 | Reply

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