Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
Once, only her own life hung in the balance...
When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.
Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.
You know those friends that you run into after a few years and it feels like no time has passed? That's what picking up this book was like. Oh, how I enjoyed being back in this world!!
Other than a couple of issues I loved this book. It's full of action, adventure, kick-ass characters, love and friendship.
My only issues were these:
1. I haven't read the Glass series in quite a while so I had forgotten a lot of details. There were quite a few characters and plot points that were involved in this book. I don't think you need to reread the Glass books before reading this though. I was able to piece together the forgotten plot details.
2. I'm pretty sure I've complained about this in all of Maria's books. Her main characters never spend enough time together. Just as I wanted Kerrick and Avry to spend more of the Healer books together, I want more interaction with Yelena and Valek. I know that part of the point is that they are capable of taking care of themselves but I love it when they are together. I'm hoping with where this book left off that we will get more of them together in the next book.
Even with those little hiccups, I'm so glad that Maria decided to continue this series. It's one of my all time favorites!!