Fire Study (Study #3)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira, 441 pages
Publication Date: March 1, 2008
The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun.
When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before....
Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.
Yelena is such a strong, capable, impulsive character, and a bit snarky, which I like.
"'Give them to me. I'll try to help them, but not right now.' I mentally added soothing-the-dead-Sandseeds to the end of my long list of things to do. After I dealt with the Fire Warper, which should be a breeze. While I was lying to myself, I included flying and turning stones into gold to my list. Might as well think big."
This last book in The Study trilogy is a bit darker than the others. Trouble definitely finds Yelena, although if it didn't, I guess the book would be pretty boring. There are just so many evil people, and Yelena is beginning to believe that magic is not a good thing because it is too powerful and people who have magical abilities are too tempted and easily corrupted. This is definitely a continuation of the second book, since Ferde escaped with Cahil's help. There is also a new evil that Yelena has to contend with. Some people are pretty annoying in the book, and I was a bit over Moon Man and his cryptic responses, and I'm still not a big fan of Leif.
Again, more Valek please! He's barely in the book, and he seems more subdued in this book.
Kiki, what a hilarious horse!
Even though this book was a bit slower for me (it dragged a bit, more of the same old same old throughout), I still enjoyed it. It was nice to finally have resolution (mostly) to the story. Yelena learns what being a Soulfinder actually means and also learns to accept that role. I'm curious whether Yelena (and the gang) show up in future spin-off books (the Glass series and the Healer series).
In the end, I would definitely recommend the series.