Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Paraphrased from Goodreads
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…
Reasons you should read it:
- Passes the Bechdel test (which is for movies I know, but I like using it for books too)
- No insta-love. The love takes time, isn’t forced, makes sense
- Deals with PTSD, revenge, tough topics like that, in a very good way
- Transgender character where their transgenderness is a point of conflict, but only for themselves
- Badass female MC in a fantasy novel, who takes her life into her hands and educates herself rather than relying on others
Read it please.
Just a short post today because I’m super busy with school and work!
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?