Maria V. Snyder
Blurb: 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. (From Goodreads)
Opening Sentence: " 'That's pathetic, Yelena,' Dax complained."
Length: Medium - 441 pages
Notes: The third, and I'm assuming last, in the Poison Study series - I still think I liked the first book - Poison Study - the best, although this one was pretty good. The thing I liked a lot about this book is that it kept you wanting to read the whole way through. There wasn't really one main climax to the book, but the action was equally dispersed through the book. The ending was unexpected for me, too, which I always enjoy. I can see how the author would be able to write further books in the series, but the ending was final enough for the end of a trilogy.
Random quote: "There's always another storm. It's the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow."
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