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Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
Narrated by Gabra Zackman
Book 2 in the Soulfinders series / Book 5 in the Study series / Book 9 in The Chronicles Of Ixia series
Genre: fantasy



About Night Study:

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear. Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek… secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

Source: Info in the About Night Study was from the press kit from the publicity team.


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My Thoughts:

The worldbulding and character development are still great! But the story telling style is also the same “multiple threads” chop shop which drives me up the wall. And cliffhanger ending. I reckon that this book is better read when you already are in possession of the third book of the Soulfinders series. This book is also so not good to read before Shadow Study or you will get royally lost.

I find Night Study the most emotional of all the books in any of this book’s serieses. So keep a box of tissues in hand.

When the first book, Poison Study, came out some ten years ago, I remember that I loved it but naught else. So when this book mentions some past character or event which appeared or happened in previous books that I’ve read ten years ago, I couldn’t remember him/her/it anymore, which was a bit frustrating. I should have re-read the previous books in this series before I started reading Shadow Study and this book.


Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 2
Ending = 3.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 3
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 5


Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries


Books in the Study series:
Book 1: POISON STUDY   Book 1.5: ASSASSIN STUDY   Book 2: MAGIC STUDY   Book 3: FIRE STUDY   Book 3.5: POWER STUDY   Book 3.6: ICE STUDY   Book 4: SHADOW STUDY   Book 5: NIGHT STUDY   Book 6: DAWN STUDY


About Maria V. Snyder
Maria V. Snyder

Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria’s been writing fantasy and science fiction since her son was born. Maria has won numerous prizes for her writing including the Golden Leap Hall of Fame, Wirral Paperback of the Year Award, Compton Crook Award and the Salt Lake County Library Reader’s Choice Award. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list and earned her Master’s degree in Writing from Seton Hill University. Traveling is one of her biggest distractions from writing and Maria hasn’t said no to a trip yet. She has visited China, Dubai, Malaysia, Europe, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada — all provided wonderful fodder for her stories. Maria lives in Pennsylvania with her family.


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Thank you!

Thank you to the publicity team for the review copy received.

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FTC Disclosure:
The paperback review copy of this book was received for free in exchange for an honest opinion. The audiobook copy of this book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.



30/03/2016 - Posted by | 3 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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