Review & Giveaway: SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder

Posted 02/17/2015 by alicemarvels in Fantasy

  Shadow Study Review Giveaway by Maria V. Snyder

Today we’re pleased to have a review and giveaway for the Rock Star Book Tours Shadow Study blog tour! Check out our review, then scroll down to enter to win a copy of the book!



It’s been awhile since I read Fire Study, the third book in the Study series, and I hadn’t read the Healer series, or the Glass series, so I was a bit nervous about jumping back in this world in Shadow Study. I needn’t have worried, I was able to dive right into Yelena’s story, and was quickly sucked into her voice, and thrilled to reunite with Valek almost immediately as well (**swoon**).

After an all too brief vacation of sorts with Valek, Yelena is faced with dangerous attempts on her life and she must keep the sudden blocking of her magic a secret as she seeks out Ben Moon, Owen Moon’s brother. Meanwhile Valek is heading back to investigate black market routes into Ixia with Janco and Ari per the Commander’s orders. While I do wish we had more Yelena-Valek time, I was quickly sucked into the non-stop action and found it difficult to put the book down.

Shadow Study alternates POV’s between Yelena, Valek and Janco, and it worked remarkably well, even though the forms differed (first person vs. third person). I got to reunite with familiar faces, see how they’ve progressed in my absence, and met many new, fascinating characters (some of whom I think I would have met in the other spinoff series, and some specifically new to this book). I particularly enjoyed getting more of Valek’s backstory and his beginnings as an assassin.

Overall, Shadow Study is a satisfying return to a familiar world and characters, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

About Shadow Study:

Shadow Study Review Giveaway by Maria V. SnyderNew York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she’s back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job – and his life – are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret – or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is – while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,

“Doing full justice to the plot of this original and entertaining epic fantasy is impossible. Suffice it to say that the action is nonstop. The many characters leap to life, particularly Yelena, whose first-person narrative is riveting.”
~ RT Book Reviews on Fire Study

Available February 24th: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


About Maria:

Maria V. Snyder, author of Shadow StudyMaria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria’s research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address:

Where you can find Maria: Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads


Enter to win one of 10 finished copies of SHADOW STUDY! (International).

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/16/2015-a GREAT read– Guest Post

2/17/2015- Alice Marvels– Review

2/18/2015- Reading YA RocksGuest Post

2/19/2015- Tales of the Ravenous Reader Interview

2/20/2015- Read Now Sleep Later– Review                          

Week Two:

2/23/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

2/24/2015- Seeing Double In Neverland– Review

2/25/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads– Guest Post

2/26/2015- Mundie Moms– Review

2/27/2015- Parajunkee Interview




    I’ve gobbled up 2 of Snyder’s series, including the Study series. I can’t wait to read more. Love Valek.


    Yay! Glad you read and liked this too. It was so nice being thrown back into this world. I missed Yalena and Valek!


    I still need to read something by Maria V. Snyder! I can’t believe I haven’t. Reader fail. I’m glad that despite it having been a while since you read the third book you were able to settle right back into the world and characters, it’s always nice when you don’t have to struggle to find your footing. Lovely review!


    I’ve been hearing only good things about this which makes me so excited since, like you, it’s been years since I read FIRE STUDY and I haven’t dived into the spin-off series either. The fact that you still enjoyed this despite the lack of a re-read is so reassuring since now I know I’ll likely love this too. Plus, Valek! It’s been too long! 😉


    Oh yay! I’m so glad that you liked it. I’m really looking forward to this one as I burned through the previous three books in the Study series. I’m really hoping that I get read the Glass series right before this one so I don’t miss out on the inside stuff.


    I still haven’t read anything by this author. I am reading nothing but good reviews for this one so I am hoping to one day binge read the whole series.

    sarah s

    I love the Study series,And I can’t wait to continue reading Yelena and Valek’s journey.


    I was so psyched when I heard this book was coming out! I was going through a bad book slump when I first read Poison Study and it made me rediscover that stay up all night to finish kind of book love.


    Thanks so much for being a part of my blog tour! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the book and thanks for the great review!


    I just can’t wait to read shadow study, I kind of tried to avoid any pieces of information about the book until now because this way I’ll love it even more.
    I’ve read all your books and I just know, that it’ll be great!


    Omg I can enter *fingers crossed*

    I’d like to see what they have been up to 🙂


    I am so severely excited about this book. Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite authors by far, with the Study Series being my favorite series by her.


    Can’t wait to read this latest installment in the Study series!

    Amanda T

    So excited for mor Valek and Yelena!!!

    Samantha Wallace

    Thanks for the great giveaway, I would love to read Maria Snyder’s series!! 🙂 <3


    LOVED the first one and the series.


    This sounds good, Lauren. I read one book by this author, but need to give her another try.


    I’ve really enjoyed the Poison series and am glad to have a chance to return to Yelena. Thank you, Maria, for giving it time before pursuing her thread again so the story lines wouldn’t feel forced and too commercial!


    I couldn’t stop smiling when I found out this book was happening. I have always loved Snyder’s work but Yelena’s story was my favorite! I have devoured the books time and time again!


    oh man. I’m so out of the loop with this series! I don’t even know where to start. Sigh.

    Ashley D.

    I love the Study series! Can’t wait for more Yelena and Valek! 😀

    naila be

    Thanks for the review, so excited for this to come out


    I love the Study series, Glass series, and Healer series, and I’m so looking forward to Shadow Study!! Just need to find enough money to buy it, which might not be for a while. :/


    I’ve only read her healer series and enjoyed it. I’ve been told to start this series and it looks like I really should. So glad you didn’t have problems returning to the series.

    Danielle D.

    I can’t wait to read this! Love the cover too by the way =)

    Alisha Sienkiel

    I haven’t read this series yet but all I have heard is good things about it! Thanks for the giveaway!


    I can’t wait for this release!!


    that cover is absolutely stunning. and this book just makes me want to marathon the entire series!


    I am dying for this to come out…cannot wait.

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