Fire Study by Maria V Snyder
The Study series 3
Genre: YA fantasy
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.
I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy this last book. It took a week to read it because I just could not read long enough each time. Nothing kept me wanting more.
The first book was excellent, the second wasn't excellent but it was still great and I could not put it down. This one was ok, and I could easily put it down. It was rather dull at times and for a book named Fire it did not have the same fire and essence like the first two. I really thought I had found an amazing series, but considering book 1 she could have done better.
Yelena has lost her fire and not she is only a Mary Sue. People love her, or they hate her. Nothing in between. She is always in trouble. And even people who are enemies become friends because they both parties love her, oh very well.
The book has so much promise. Wicked magicians who steal powers and kill people. A forbidden lovestory that just drifts away and there is no danger or anything forbidden there. Everyone just accepts that she loves the scourge of all magicians. But it does not evolve and bring that darkness to this one. It's so light and easy to read even if there are massacres and more. Too light really.
Here wicked magicians wants to rule Sithia and Ixia and gain power. She wants to stop them, so she has to feel the country, and honestly I did finish it today but i am already starting to forget what happened. It does not stay with me.
Also the ending, yes good in a way and an ending, but at the same time not and I felt we were left hanging there.
I hate saying these things, but frankly it could have been done like book 1 and made into pure excellence, but sadly it was not.
Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: Still a lovely cover, a bit hard to see though. But it goes well with the theme.
Why I read it: My own book
Final Thoughts: 3. I am afraid that in the future I will just read book 1 and 2.