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Double Review: Night Study & Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

on May 15, 2020

Night Study (Soulfinders #2, Chronicles of Ixia #8)
Maria V. Snyder
Harlequin AUS
2016, 448p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear. 

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

When we left Yelena and Valek, she’d just dropped a bit of a bombshell and this book picks up precisely where the previous one left off. Valek, all practicalities, has Yelena explain her logic behind her belief and although they want to celebrate, the time to do that is short-lived. They’ve just discovered the return of a foe they thought was dead and without Yelena’s magical ability, everyone is vulnerable. This makes her even more so.

Of course, they are only together for part of this book before they split up once again. The Commander orders Valek to one of the districts to investigate some storm thieves and Yelena, who sought refuge in Ixia at the castle, isn’t safe there any longer thanks to the Commander’s dubious state of mind, so she heads back to Sitia. However before they separate, Valek finally realises where his loyalty truly lies now and what he must do going forward in order to prove that and also, cement it. It’s a big step forward for both of them, after 8 years.

Valek’s journey in MD1 was….revelatory. It forces him to confront his past in some really raw ways. I have to admit, I did find it quite amusing when Valek kept staring in a puzzled fashion in the twins, going “gee their blue eyes remind me of someone, who is that?” I enjoyed all of the scenes of him discovering so many new things about himself and his family, who we only have known the smallest amount about, prior to this. And his journey there brings about another change for Valek, one which he does not have much time to adapt to….and if he doesn’t, the consequences will be dire.

One of my favourites – this trilogy is so good.

9/10

Book #62 of 2020

Dawn Study (Soulfinders #3, Chronicles of Ixia #9)
Maria V. Snyder
Harlequin AUS
2017, 500p
Read via Scribd

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

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.

And so we come to the end of this journey! All 9 of the books in this Chronicles of Ixia – the original 3 study books, the 3 Glass books and now this final trilogy. It’s been quite the ride and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. These final 3 are definitely my faves, although I do also have a soft spot for the first 3. There’s something about Yelena and Valek as a pairing. They’ve evolved quite a lot over the two books previous to this one. For Valek, one of the most fundamental things about him has changed and he’s learning to deal with a new normal – only to face losing it forever. In Sitia, a Cartel is using the drug Theobroma to gain control of the citizens and convince them that a terrible danger is coming.

This is the book where Cahill proves that he just never goes away. He turned up in book 2, Magic Study and he was a pain in that and honestly, he’s cropped up several times since, just continuing to be a pain. Yelena mentions ages ago that she should’ve let Valek kill him, which is interesting as the first time they had a conversation about him, she basically ordered Valek not to kill him. To be honest, things would’ve been a lot easier if Valek had slit his throat like 6 books ago because like a bad penny he turns up, ready to basically wreck the day. He’s an ineffective villain on his own but he’s ripe as a tool to be used by others. However he’s not as clever as he thinks he is and Yelena manages to outwit almost everyone in this book, except when people tell her that Valek is dead. It’s like those words render her immobile despite the fact that he’s been….well, Valek for the last 20 years.

I really enjoyed that the “core group” were actually able to come up with a plan that doesn’t resort to needless violence. It’s very considered and requires two people working in two different areas on two different plans to all come together at the same time but it’s pulled off with style. And now I feel as though everything they can do has been done and it’s time to go and let them live in their cottage and just enjoy being together after 9 years of spending most of their time apart.

Maria V. Snyder has mentioned that she’s done with Yelena and Valek but she may return to this world someday and write books about the ‘younger generation’ that we have seen begin to grow up – Fisk, Reema, the Z twins, etc. And I think that would be lots of fun.

I feel so satisfied and at the end of something like this, what more can you ask for?

9/10

Book #64 of 2020

 


2 responses to “Double Review: Night Study & Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

  1. Marg says:

    Certainly not much more than that! What are you going to binge read now that you have finished this series?

    • Well I just bought Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. I would’ve bought The Mirror & the Light as well but it’s a big chunky hardback….however that appears to be the only format atm. I don’t know if I want to wait for another format to be released, because I’m assuming that’ll be next year.

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