Author: Maria V. Snyder
Number of Pages: 441
Date Published: March 1st, 2008
Source: Given for Review
When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before...
Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, 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.
[ Summary taken from GoodReads ]
From being stuck in a dungeon awaiting execution to living a "free" life in Sitia Yelena has come a long way from being the girl that we first met. No longer is she the weak dependent girl that we see, she is a Soulfinder now strong and independent. She is ready to take on what the world throws her and the answer "no" is not an option. So why is it that I gave the last book to one of my all time favorite series a 3.5 out of 5?
Well it's a simple yet complex answer. I enjoyed the writing and the description it was beautiful as always. No flaws in that department. The magic, the romance, the fighting all beautifully and craft-fully written. I never left for wanting when it came to the fight scenes or those yummy romance scenes between Yelena and Valek. Although you see their romance in Magic Study more so it is still refreshing to see and it gives this book a break from all the drama it endures.
Another refreshing aspect is the teasing and picking from Ari and Janco. I could never get enough of there antics. They are like brothers to Yelena and I could not pick two better characters to become more prominent in the last book than them two. I do not, however, like where Snyder was taking Cahil. Sometimes I felt like he was pointless and that he didn't get what he deserved. Yelena was constantly back and forth of what to do with Cahil, she wanted to teach them and make them better, which never made any sense to me.
Yelena was constantly getting into trouble, saving people, getting kidnapped, escaping, and being saved by Valek so many times in this book that it got annoying by the end. It didn't help that it seemed to be a continuous occurrence in Fire Study. There really wasn't any plot to it and the little plot there was, it was confusing. By the middle of the book I just wanted to skip to the end and see if it was worth while to finish.
The plot was like a road with too many turns. If you take one turn it brings you to another issue that wasn't even close to the main issue and if you take another road... well the plot is lost. It felt like different miny plots all shoved into one book. Snyder's main point took a back seat along with the other half of the book. For the third and final book to this series it was a bit of a disappointment.
Even though I expected much more for Fire Study it did have a satisfying ending which made me a bit happier. Yelena grew into a strong and independent individual that is capable of change. Her decisions in the end fit her and I am ok with that. I just wish that there was an actual plot than many plots put into one book. I guess they all can't be perfect.
xx Kat xx