Night Study by Maria V. Snyder ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@HqnTeenAus)

If you didn’t know before, I am a fan of Maria V. Snyder’s work. Night Study is the second book in the Soulfinders series, but also the fifth book from the Study series. The Soulfinders series is a new story which you could read without reading the first series.
Night Study (Study, #5)
Title: Night Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Soulfinders #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: January 25th 2016

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New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue.

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

Night Study continued immediately after the ending of the first book, with Valek and Yelena together. They were coming to terms with Yelena’s news and recovering after the latest battle with Owen Moon. They are soon travelling back to Ixia, but things aren’t what they appear to be, with the Commander acting strangely and threatening harsh punishments. Their current predicaments are put aside when Valek has to head to the coast to deal with thieves and Yelena needs to return to Sitia, to the Citadel.

But as you can expect, there are many hurdles that the characters have to get past. There are traitors at every turn and they are unsure of whom to trust. Yelena needs to come to terms with her new situation, and Valek has to deal with a few life changing twists. I loved seeing Janco and Ari again and how they continue to be protective of Yelena.

What I loved most was that all my favourite characters made appearances and at one stage were all together and had to work as a team to get out of the predicament they were in. They found new allies, that made my jaw drop, but it was the constant action from beginning to end that kept me immersed in the book.

Maria V. Snyder has a magical way of drawing the reader into the book. I love this world that she has created and every story hooks me! Night Study was a fantastic follow up to Shadow Study, and with the extra perspectives from Valek, Janco and Leif’s, along with Yelena’s, I was able to get a better understanding of what was going on and what they were dealing with. It was a fast paced read that I didn’t want to see the end of… 2017 is a long way away!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I just love Valek and Yelena together... this was a beautiful moment between them!

“Till death. I do swear, love.” Valek whispered in my ear.
“Beyond death. My vow to you,” I said.
He drew back to meet my gaze. “So we shall be. Forever united.”
“We shall be,” I agreed.
This time his kiss vibrated to the very core of my soul. Our pledge solidified our connection, creating an unbreakable bond.
“” I said between kisses.
The speed of our disrobement took what little breath I had away. But then breathing no longer mattered. My senses filled with the intoxicating smell, feel and touch of Valek as he lowered my shoulders to the floor. Nothing in life compared to being linked with him. Together we were one.

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Maria V. SnyderMeteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. She also enjoys creating new worlds where horses and swords rule, 'cause let's face it, they're cool, although she's been known to trap her poor characters in a giant metal cube and let them figure out how to get out. Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at

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Shadow Study #1

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