Title: Dawn Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Page Number: 478
After a month and a half of dragging my feet, I finally finished Dawn Study!!! It was a GREAT conclusion, this saga all began with Poison Study and now almost ten years, 3 series and nine books later it’s over. It’s kind of bittersweet because we have grown with all the characters, starting with them when they were in their late teens and early twenties (Yelena, everyone else was like 10 years older) and now it ends with her in her 30’s. It is an awesome classic high fantasy and if you haven’t read this or any of her books yet, you’re truly missing out.
No pressure though.
Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.
Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person’s resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.
With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.
I can’t really say much about the plot about this book without spoiling it (there are 8 books before this one) but it essentially picks up right where the last one left off. Yelena, Valek and the rest of the crew need to find a way to stop an imminent invasion of Sitia and all the odds seemed stacked against them. There are many plot twists and turns throughout the book and the end result is satisfying. This is the last book in this whole saga and I think it came to an end quite nicely. I got to see everything I wanted to happen and all the little loose ends were neatly tied up by the end.
Yelena: She has definitely grown immensely throughout this whole nine-part series from learning how to use magic and then to losing it (kind of) and seeing how she dealt with that was great. I love her character and it was awesome to see her in action and with Valek.
Valek: The assassin with a heart of gold, Valek is the most swoon worthy heroine and I love his relationship with Yelena. Both of them rarely got to see each other with their demanding jobs, but it was nice to see them together more often and the way their relationship progressed through this entire series was amazing!
Have you read this series? What are some of your thoughts? Let me know!!