- Publisher: Mira Ink
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 125mm x 198mm x 25mm | 270g
- Publication date: 7 June 2013
- Publication City/Country: Richmond
- ISBN 10: 184845239X
- ISBN 13: 9781848452398
- Sales rank: 3,521
How much is your life worth? In the Territory of Ixia the government maintains control through the Code of Behaviour forbidding the practice of magic, but danger lurks in mysterious places...Imprisoned for murder Yelena Zaltana's punishment is death, until she is reprieved - for a price. As the Commander of Ixia's food taster she will risk assassination from poison daily, a position she would be a fool to refuse...In a world where magic equals death and freedom is for the lucky few, survival is all Yelena has and the battle for her life has just begun. A CHRONICLES OF IXIA NOVEL
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Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out , and Outside In . Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.
By Maud Grefte 28 Oct 2013
The plot of this book was really good. Some things I saw coming, and some things I didn't. I didn't mind it that some things might have been a little bit predictable because it was executed in a great way. There is a constant flow of action and mystery going on and the battle and fighting scenes are just awesome. But I must say that I even more like the quiet and intimate scenes where you can really get to know Yelena when she is not fighting for her life. Those moments were written down so well, I just could see myself sitting on a couch next to Yelena and she would be telling me the story of her life. There was some romance in this book but what I really liked is that it didn't took over the story. The story is (in my opinion) about Yelena trying to survive and finding a place for herself in this world.
The characters in this book were amazing. First we have Yelena, the main female character. She is strong, stubborn and she admits that she has murdered someone but she also had a very good reason for doing this. She has some amazing talents and I love her character so much. Then there is Valek, a very mysterious and maybe even sometimes creepy kind of guy and love interest. He is more then just an assassin, he has more talents then just murdering people. I loved Valek a whole lot and I think that he is a refreshing type of love interest. And while the main characters in this book were amazing by far my favourite are two side characters. I'm talking about Ari and Janco. They are hilarious but also so strong and I just love the whole big brother thing they have going on with Yelena. Another character that I have to mention is Irys. She isn't that much in the book but she does play a significant role in the end and she was really awesome, I hope to see more of her in the second book! The last character that I want to mention is the commander. The commander has so much layers, it just keeps going on! I have so far never met any type of character with these types of layers in any of my books and I love the commander for surprising me sometimes with everything that is going on.
There was never a dull moment in this book, I always had questions and while some of them got answers, a lot of them didn't so I can't wait to read the second book!