In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. It’s now in its final days, though if you are a quick reader and want to join in, feel free to check out the sign-up post HERE for more details. The read along ends on October 31st so there’s still a little time left.
Today I’m sharing my thoughts on chapters 26 through 32. And while I am a touch late in posting, I did end up finishing POISON STUDY last week. I just couldn’t wait.
If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think, be sure to stop by their blogs.
AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.
The Read-along Schedule
- October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
- October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
- October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
- October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post
Thoughts on Chapters 26-32
Everything happens in these last seven chapters. They are totally intense, nail-biting, action-packed, nerve-wracking.
During the Sitian’s visit, Yelena is poisoned by Love Me when testing the Commander’s brandy. She finally discovers that the beans were Criollo when they’re tossed into Rand’s ovens. She has it out with Rand, revealing she knows he betrayed her.
If that’s not enough, when she sets out with the Commander for MD-5 Rand betrays her again to Captain Star before redeeming himself. She connects with Irys who informs her she needs to find Mogkan’s magic source as he’s clearly been amping up his power. She meets up with Valek and tells him what she knows.
When they finally arrive, the Commander is basically turned into a puppet and Yelena’s put under guard by Brazell and Mogkan. She manages to escape, find Valek, and they go looking for the source, which turns out to be even more horrifying than she ever could have imagined.
They’re caught and imprisoned and she reveals to him all that happened to her when she was with Brazell and Reyad. They find a way to escape the dungeon and go into hiding while a massive search for them is undertaken. And they finally, finally, finally hook up and reveal their feelings for each other.
Oh, and Valek shares a bit of his past with her, too.
And while I could reveal all that happens at the end – with Yelena and Valek, the Commander, Brazell, Mogkan, Irys, Ari and Janco – I’m not going to. I’ve spoiled enough. But it is an epic finish, and definitely a bit sad, and it is guaranteed to make you wonder where things are headed.
I will, however, share yet another short passage. It’s a declaration by Valek, actually.
“Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you.” Valek’s warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.
“But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
“That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.
“Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.” He rolled me over to face him. Before I could make another sound, he kissed me.
And on that note, so ends the read along.
I hope you loved reading (or re-reading) POISON STUDY this past month. Ten years after its release it’s still every bit as timely as today’s releases. It’s exciting and epic, with characters you can’t help but adore. It’s one of those “forever” stories that will be remembered and talked about for decades to come.
About POISON STUDY
Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release date: October 1, 2005
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
Read an EXCERPT
Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.
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.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .
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