Earlier this year, Dawn Study, Maria V. Snyder’s final installment in her Study series was released, and… it was everything I’d hoped it’d be! 😆💕😍 I remember buying Poison Study (Book 1) years ago and falling in love with the characters – Yelena, Valek, Ari, Janco, Leif, Fisk, too many to name, really – and their fight-for-your-life antics. Okay, okay, it wasn’t all fight-for-your-life, they outsmarted their enemies many, many times – negating any need for fighting 😜
Read on for my spoiler-free thoughts on Snyder’s Dawn Study. Note: Since this is the final book in the Study series (which also ties into the Glass series), the Overview/Synopsis section below may have some spoilers for previous books. The remainder of the review, however, is safe.
Fantasy Adventure – drama, romance, action, magic!
I’d say mature young adults and older. Snyder has created an amazing world, with diverse characters, but there are occasional sensitive subject matters. There’s still absolutely no reason for you to not read this book – I still highly recommend it, but wanted to give you a heads-up anyway.
Overview (From back of book)
New York Times Bestselling Author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.
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.
Sitia, a land where magicians live freely, and Ixia, a land where magicians are killed. As you can imagine, these two lands are often at odds.
How do I love thee-se characters??? 😍 Let me count the ways! Snyder’s characters are witty, clever, funny, brave, charming, stubborn, flawed, frustrating, and, at times, even infuriating. Not necessarily in that order 😜 I’ve absolutely LOVED seeing their development over the past years. Yelena and Valek are, of course, my favorites. But I do have quite a lot of favorites.
What I Liked
Since I’ve already gushed about the characters above, I won’t do so in this section. But know that they’re one of the reasons I LOVE this series. Maybe even the main reason.
I also enjoyed the alternating perspectives from which this story was told. The narration switched between Yelena, Valek, Leif, Janco, and Heli, providing a thorough view of events, while still managing to maintain suspense and mystery. Did I mention that Snyder is a masterful storyteller? The resolutions were revealed in perfect timing.
And speaking of timing, everything unraveled at the perfect pace. It was exhilarating without feeling rushed. Definitely a feat, considering how much happened in this finale.
What I Liked A Little Less
Um- the fact that this is the last book? 😅
5/5 ✨ Dawn Study had practically everything I look for in a book. In my personal opinion, this is what a finale should be. My only hope is that Snyder writes more of this world. After all, she said it was Yelena and Valek’s final story (and I agree, those two definitely deserve a break. Like, for the rest of their lives. But! There ARE other characters who I’d love to continuing reading about 😉 *hint**hint**nudge**nudge**wink**wink*
If you’d like to see Snyder’s recommendation for the reading order, click here.