Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.
Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.
With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything."
What I liked: I really couldn’t understand how Ms Snyder was going to close all the plot points in just one book. There was a lot going on since this follow-up to The Study series began. I was a bit anxious that we would be left unsatisfied with the ending.
Thank goodness I was so wrong. ***Spoiler*** Stop now if you don’t want to know about some happenings in the previous 2 books.
I was wondering if we were going to actually be privy to the birth of Yelena’s baby. How was Valek handling his newly discovered magic? How in the world was Ms Snyder going to straighten things out between Valek and The Commander. How was Yelena going to avoid all the assassins on her trail?
Yep, there were so many questions and I wanted all the answers. Ms Snyder more than delivered. She incorporated some characters from not only the Study series but from the Glass series as well. (I’ll admit I didn’t read all of the Glass series books but it didn’t hinder the story line in Dawn Study).
In order to close out multiple story lines, Ms Snyder used many different characters' points of view. There are a lot of characters but the way she handles the changing point of view didn’t feel choppy. It flowed rather well and more than kept my interest with each character telling their part of the story.
As you can image with so many characters and their actions striving toward a goal, Dawn Study was packed with heart stopping moments. It was extremely hard to find a stopping point and I felt like I was holding my breath most of the time.
But, what we got was a complete story and the ending I think Yelena and Valek deserved. The other characters got their ending too which made Dawn Study that much enjoyable. It’s hard to say goodbye to a series that I’ve loved from the very first book, Poison Study. The characters feel so alive and the stories more entertaining than many of the books I read.
I look forward to see where Ms Snyder will go next. (By the way, if you’ve not read her Healer series which is no way connected to the Chronicles of Ixia series, you’re missing out).
There was absolutely nothing I didn’t like about the book except it ended, but it ended in a great way.