Fire Study was a somewhat unmemorable conclusion to an otherwise strong trilogy. In it, we’re once again trying to negotiate peace between Ixia and Sitia. Yelena is also trying to get comfortable with her role as a Soulfinder, figure out a way to be with Valek, and reconcile a series of dual obligations related to her newly discovered family, her dual citizenship in these two countries, and her growing desire for independence. The text’s flaws included an increasingly de-fanged Valek — he’s a lot less interesting now that he’s in love with Yelena and less mysterious — and an under-developed plot.The world is still fascinating, however — each new reveal about the history of Sitia, the secrets of the Commander, and the way magic functions in all of this is simply delightful.
I’m really looking forward to Storm Glass — while the protagonist is younger than Yelena (I still love that she’s an early 20s heroine), this will give Snyder a chance to display the same attention to detail and material culture that made Poison Study such an exciting, quirky read.