Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

Poison Study

Written by Maria V Snyder
Part of the The Chronicles of Ixia Series

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This is a fantastic debut that’s full of magic, adventure and excitement that you can almost taste. Young Yelena is about to be executed for murder but is given a reprieve if she becomes a food taster for a guy who is at risk of assassination. She agrees but all is ot quite as it seems and her situation grows precarious to say the least and she faces choices, some of which, threaten her very existence. This original debut will have any teenager hooked from the start but if you’re a fan of William Nicholson and Philip Pullman then it’s a must.


Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. So Yelena becomes his food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her poison and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. Tyring to excape her new dilemma disasters keep mounting and her life is threatened once again and choices must be made.


"This is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it." - Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

Maria V Snyder

Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction–writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria’s research on food–tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

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416 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Publication date

21st September 2007




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