Fri 30 May 2008
I first read this book some years ago, right after it first came out. Then, of course, I forgot it existed for a couple years, so I didn’t notice that a sequel was published . . . and then the third book. Consequently, I’m rereading the first book. Ms. Snyder is a meteorologist-turned-writer who has lived the majority of her life in the Philadelphia area; she appears to love researching her books as much as she does writing them.
Yelena killed the son of a prominent General and was scheduled to hang, when she was given a reprieve — possibly. She is offered the position of food taster for the Commander (the ruler of the country of Ixia), which is obviously a job with a good deal of risk. Her mentor is Valek, the Commander’s second-in-command. He tests her constantly, and even when she is safe, she’s in danger. Unfortunately, the General whose son she killed is still around and making life difficult for her. On top of that, there’s a southern magician trying to get to her. Why? (more…)