Shadow Study (Chronicles of Ixia: Soulfinder, Book 1) by Maria V. Snyder

By Maria V. Snyder

Once, in basic terms her personal existence hung within the balance… 

Oddly sufficient, while Yelena was once a poison taster, her lifestyles used to be less complicated. yet she'd survived to turn into an integral part of the stability of strength among rival international locations Ixia and Sitia. Now she makes use of her magic to maintain the peace in either lands-and shield her dating with Valek. 

Suddenly, notwithstanding, they're beset on either side through these vying for strength via politics and intrigue. Valek's task and his existence are at risk. As Yelena attempts to discover the scope of those plots, she faces a brand new problem: her magic is blocked. She needs to preserve secret-or her enemies will observe simply how weak she rather is-while trying to find who or what's answerable for neutralizing her powers. 

Yes, the times of tasting poisons have been a lot easier. and positively no longer as dangerous…

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