Waiting On Wednesday Vol. 1: “Shadow Study” by Maria V. Snyder

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Today is my first Waiting On Wednesday post! Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that I’m looking forward to. My WOW postings won’t be weekly, but will come on Wednesdays that are open in terms of my blogging schedule here and elsewhere and when I add a yet-to-be-published book to my wishlist. 😉

So, here’s what I’m waiting for this Wednesday: Shadow Study, the upcoming fourth novel in Maria V. Snyder’s Study series! Poison Study (Book #1) is one of my favorite books of all time; and while the other two books (Magic Study and Fire Study) weren’t quite as good IMO, I’m still fascinated by the world of magic and constant danger and political intrigue that Snyder’s created. Yelena is also a fantastic protagonist: persistent, clever, resourceful, and loyal to the people she cares about – especially her long-time love, the infamous spy-assassin Valek. And judging from the blurb below, things are about to get interesting once again for both Yelena and Valek. 😀

Shadow Study

Shadow Study
Maria V. Snyder
Fantasy / Young Adult
Publication Date: February 25, 2015
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she’s back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job and his life are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous…

What book(s) are you waiting on this Wednesday? Are you also looking forward to Shadow Study?