A quick death
Or slow poison...
Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.
Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?
When Yelena realises she has extraordinary powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death... From Goodreads.
I have had this book in my TBR pile since March 2012. I finally got around to reading it and I was not disappointed. There is a lot of action and also questions about who to trust. I am looking forward to the next two books in this series. Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors at the moment.
This book qualifies for:
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
Tower Teams Read 2013
Serious Readers 2013
Let Me Count the Ways Reading Challenge 2013 (409 pages)
2013 Ebook Challenge
2013 Women Challenge
2013 1st In A Series Challenge
2013 A-Z Reading Challenge
2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge
2013 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge (nr. 82 on the List)
2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge (Paranormal)