Waiting On Wednesday – Shadow Study

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

16130758This week Ashley is eagerly awaiting: Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Publication: February 24, 2015

Blurb: 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,

Why I’m Waiting: I loved, loved, loved Maria V. Snyder’s Study books. They were one of the first books of this genre I read and Yelena was one of the first characters that introduced me to a genre of badass women. Her relationship with Valek is almost perfect and sets high standards of comparison for any other relationship I read about. I also love that Snyder has rebuffed efforts to make these books into movies time and time again. I didn’t even know until recently that Snyder was continuing this story and it makes me SO excited! I will do everything I can to get my hands on a copy of this as soon as I can. If you haven’t read the Study books, definitely check them out!