08/12/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
A new fantasy novel from Maria Snyder, The Fire Study, is coming out in paperback from the sci-fi imprint Mira on 1st February 2009.
In the sequel to Poison Study and Magic Study, Yelena's apprenticeship is over - now her real test begins.
When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire through her home at Magician's Keep, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart, and now she must wait while the Council debate her future.
However, soon she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by Ferde, the Soulstealer. A murderous sorcerer whom Yelena has defeated before, Ferde has escaped the Magician's Keep cells and is roaming free, waiting to regain his strength by murdering girls for their souls.
Yelena starts out on a path that will test the limits of her magic skills, and only her honour and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself - and save the land she holds dear.
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