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Fire Study (The Chronicles of Ixia - Book 3)

Fire Study (The Chronicles of Ixia - Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Maria V. Snyder
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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'This third volume doesn't dissapoint…pulling the reader inexorably to its exciting conclusion. The plot twists and turns…and the story as a whole is peopled by convincing and well realised characters. Verdict: 9/10.' -- --Marie O'Regan, Total SciFi

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The battle of her life has begun

In the barren territory of Sitia, power comes at a price. Yelena Zaltana possesses the most terrifying magic in the district – the ability to capture and release souls. While the sinister council that rules the area meets to decide Yelena’s fate, she sets out on a perilous journey to capture a Soulstealer, her own dark counterpart…when she comes face-to-face with someone far more dangerous.

With her homeland at risk, Yelena is prepared to give everything she has to save the ones she loves. But Yelena must learn that in the war between good and evil – there can only ever be one victor.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1766 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA Ink (1 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7LTE8U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Meteorologist 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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Ready to Move On 29 Mar 2008
In a lot of ways, I just cannot believe this is the conclusion to the fantasy series that got me re-hooked on my breakthrough reading craze. I do credit Snyder with reeling me back into fantasy mainstream, my first reading love and passion. Reading Yelena Zaltana's journey's from Poison Study and now through her culmination in Fire Study has been, quite simply, an amazing journey. What a great, awe-inspiring series to reintroduce myself to one of my biggest passions in reading. For that, Ms. Snyder, thank you.

The first few chapters were a bit slow to start and as a result a little difficult to get into. They do pick up seamlessly though where Magic Study leaves off, with Yelena seeking out the Sandseed clan once again, whom she's related too. But fortune is ever unsmiling on this newly discovered Soulfinder (which she still has no inkling of what one can do), and her studies are exchanged for intrigue and danger-an all too reoccurring pattern. Yelena's still not completely in her skin yet, but she's as tenacious as ever and takes on challenges with the air of a natural leader that everyone around her begins to look up to. Thank goodness for her small circle of supporters too because Sitian and Ixian relation are as unbalanced as ever and a new threat is on the horizon. Outcast Sandseeds, known as Vermin, have joined forces with the villain form the last book, Ferde the Soulstealer, and Cahil, resident sorta-sorta-not-lost-heir-to-Ixia, who just won't give up the bone to rule that he's latched onto. Something stinks in the Sitian council too when Yelena and her brother are denounced as traitors, their arrests called for by Roze Featherstone, first Master Magician.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing (spoilers) 15 Dec 2009
"The author feels the need to rehash everything from the previous two books, I grew to loath the vast numbers of paragraphs that just summarised what had happened earlier, without any of the charm. Even when Yelena's first person was not reminiscing the story drags in several sections."

i loved poison study, quite liked magic study, but disliked fire study. i totally agree with the above review and by page 80 i was geting very bored by this retelling of the first 2 books. Also for the first time i found that i really did not like yelena anymore, she had became controlling and condiscending, now considering that she had just started her magic training and didnt know anything about the jungle she was in, it was very anoying that, on nearly every page, she was telling everone what to do and was the only one saving the day, as if moon man (powerfull magicin) and leif (grew up in the jungle) were her know nothing servants. one part especially got to me when she TOLD leif "i have to interogate the prisoner" and instructed him to go see to the horses, erm isnt her brother a trained magician whos speciality is criminal/prisoner interogation? I found that (appart from yelena) the characters in fire study were so weak that they just seemed to follow on yelenas heels like puppys, even valeks character changed calling her my love and pandering to her like a child, where is the strong mysterious assasin from book 1??

i also disliked the fact the we were still dragging out being in the jungle i think it would have worked much better if it had went full circle again to involve much more of the court politics and strong characters of poison study instead of another book about a magician abducting people in the jungle
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Here we are in the third book after poison study and magic study. Yelena is still facing difficulties with enormous courage and determination. There are some recurring themes that make her journey interesting. The one I like best is personal development. You can only master the world if you master yourself. Especially on esoteric paths, you constantly face your own inner problems and have to overcome them in order to function properly. The lack of inner work leads to taking the path of evil, giving way to your hatred, resentment and turning your talents to evil deeds. Yelena faces these trials and overcomes. Another theme is friendship and what that means. Forgiving friends who might or might not deserve it and facing the consequences or benefits... who knows at the time of that forgiveness. Still, the capacity for friendship is one of the carrying themes here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I stumbled across the Study series in the search of a new author by using the Amazon toolbar of 'people who bought X also bought this...'. Expecting something of ok-to good quality I was amazed by how quickly I read through the series- I just couldn't put it down! Admittedly I did feel at times that some of the ideas seemed a bit familiar (almost a bit like an amalgamation of the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb and the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce,) I still found the characters fresh enough to care about what happened to them and the plot sped along nicely. There have been some comments on the style of writing but I didn't find this any impairment to the enjoyment of the story nor the understanding of the plot. There were two things that didn't satisfy me at first (PLOT REFERENCES): 1) I expected more fire 'study' with Yelena learning some control over it, and 2) there were some loose ends e.g. the issue of Cahil. However, on reflection this doesn't ruin the story by any means. The first could actually considered to be refreshing- instead of a main character becoming all powerful, she still has weaknesses and can't do everything herself. The second,I hope, will be satisfied by the upcoming release of the Opal book(s) with more world-building and the development of political story arcs.

I would recommend this series especially if you liked:
Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series
Garth Nix's Abhorsen series
Alison Croggon's Books of Pellinor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just love the stories
Wish there had been more in this series. Just love the stories.
Published 7 days ago by Rita Brocklesby
5.0 out of 5 stars which has had some good reviews.
The only thing to say about this finale to the trilogy is, to quote Oliver I WANT MORE. Still and all I can't have any more because that is "All she Wrote"
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Published 9 days ago by Edward David Probert
4.0 out of 5 stars Witness the return of all our beloved characters
I had incredibly high hopes for Fire Study and can honestly say that I was not in the slightest disappointed. The journey to the end is fraught with tension and difficulties. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Anna (Enchanted by YA)
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant third..
If you've read the others in the series, you'll want to read this. I loved the entire series, and i love how this ties things up, but still leaves open for another series. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. E Tomlinson
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Published 29 days ago by Mr. S. SLEIGHT
5.0 out of 5 stars good thanks.
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Published 1 month ago by donna
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
Perfectly competent but some interesting potential story lines from the first two chronicles were not as fully developed as I would have liked
Published 1 month ago by C Armitage
2.0 out of 5 stars Just read the first two - and avoid the disappointment of the third...
As formulaic as the trilogy title. Apparently the first book (which I thoroughly enjoyed) was the template for every book to come. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ria Saakshi
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It is such and amazing book I cannot believe it was not on my raider sooner. I had previously read another book which sounded interested it had a similar focus on a female assassin... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mojo
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
I really enjoyed this book and the others in the series, a very good writer, and I will continue to buy her books.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. J R Brockman
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