Published: January 25th 2016 by HarlequinTeen
Format: eARC, 448 pages
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Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.
Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.
Night Study, the fifth instalment in the Study series, and second in the Soulfinders series, is everything we’ve come to expect from Snyder. Exciting, action packed, full of twist and turns that will keep you guessing, this book will leave you desperate for more.
As usual, it’s exciting to be back with Yelena and Valek, who have a lot to deal with on multiple fronts. Their personal issues have to take a back set to the political intrigue, but that’s always been the case. Although they’ve always worked well when they’re apart, I liked that they were together for a large part of this novel. I’ve always been a fan of their romance, so I loved every moment that they spent together, just being with each other and supporting one another.
Night Study is told from a few points of view – not only Yelena and Valek, but also Janco and Lief. It allows us to follow as the characters splinter off to investigate different things, but also adds a freshness to the story. I especially loved Janco’s chapters. The characters are what make this series – if the plot is a little off (rare!) or the pacing odd (even rarer!), the characters shine through and lift everything up. Even secondary characters like Fisk and Mara bring something extra to the novel.
There’s not much I can say without spoiling things, so I’ll just say that exciting things happen in this book. Theories are tested, plans are revealed, and we get to explore Valek’s past a little more. It all adds up to an engaging read – I had a hard time putting it down!
The Study series is amazing, and if you’re not reading these books, you really should change that! Night Study is a brilliant instalment in an already brilliant series. I can’t wait for more!