Book Review: Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder


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.


So, my main problem with this book is that it doesn’t meet the standards set by the previous books in the series. While they were fast paced and fun and entertaining, this one goes on and on without much happening at all. Most of the book is spent with Yelena chasing after Cahil, Ferde and the Daviians, getting captured, injured, never being much successful at whatever she aims to do. The Fire Wraith is so powerful that Yelena is petrified of him. After two books of watching her be brave and confident and always finding her way out of tricky spots, it’s quite jarring to watch her here be scared, unsure of herself, afraid to use her own powers. It’s only towards the end of the book when she finally realizes the true purpose of a SoulFinder and accepts it, that the book turns interesting and we get our fearless Yelena back. Thanks to Ari, Janco, Kiki and sometimes even the Moon Man, there are some humorous moments which bring comic relief. But on the whole, this is an okay book which has a good ending. Of course, I am still going to read the next trilogy because I just don’t want to let go of this gang yet. And I really love Yelena and Valek as a couple.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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