Night Study by Maria V Snyder
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
I cannot easily describe how I feel about this series. I have been reading the books set in Maria Snyder’s Sitia and Ixia since the publication of Fire Study in 2008. And each year I have anxiously awaited the release of a new Maria Snyder book. When she announced in around 2014 that she would be returning to the story of Yelena and Velek in a new set of 3 I was over the moon. The first new installment, Shadow Study, did not disappoint. And I am pleased to say that it’s sequel Night Study was just the same! I loved Night Study just as much as I thought I would.
Every year I reread this whole series. It wraps me up like a warm hug every time, and I spend a good chunk of the year looking forward to when I am going to be coming back to this wonderful world.
Night Study did a fantastic job of returning us to the worlds of both Sitia and Ixia. The entire time I was reading this installment I was on the edge of my seat, unable to fathom what was going to be coming next, or how our cast of characters were going to be able to get out of whatever situation they were in. Since Shadow Study Maria Snyder has employed the use of jumping between 3 or 4 character POVs to great effect. Because we can simultaneously see what is going on in Ixia and Sitia the story gets even more driven by it’s own backstory. My only complaint with POV jumping is that whenever a chapter ended on a cliffhanger I found myself wanting to jump chapters until I got back to the same character because I needed to know what happened so badly!
All in all this installment into Maria Snyder’s world was amazing as always. And now I begin the long wait until Dawn Study, with both anticipation and sadness. Overwhelmingly anticipatory because I always want to be living in this world, and sadness because I know it’s the end. There has not been a question in my mind in the last almost decade that Poison Study and it’s sequels are in my top 3 favorite series. Unsurprisingly, there is a part of me that wants to delay Dawn Study so my connection to the world never has to end.
Book Score: 5/5 (as always)
If you are planning on reading this series I recommend reading through the whole world. While you can pick up with Shadow Study and start from there without being lost on the storyline, I feel like you do lose a special connection to the characters that you can only develop by reading all of the novels in this world, including the Glass books.
Recommended Order: Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study, Storm Glass, Sea Glass, Spy Glass, Ice Study (Study series novella, but it provides a large amount of information to lead into the next book), Shadow Study, Night Study.