Even at the end of a long day, I couldn't wait to curl up in bed and venture into Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. Thanks to one of my piano students, I purchased this highly recommended book last week, and within a few days, I devoured the story.
The narrator, Yelena, shares her story of becoming a food taster for the Commander of Ixia. During her intense training, she is purposely fed the poison 'Butterfly's Dust', a poison that requires a daily antidote to save her life, a precaution deemed by the head of security as a 'security deposit' in case she wants to escape. But, of course, the plots twists and turns as Yelena faces unyielding obstacles and threatening life experiences and discovers a part of herself that is punishable by death in Ixia.
This isn't my typical read. In fact, I probably would've brushed by it on a shelf, but my students never let me down. So, I already ordered the next book in the series - Magic Study! Can't wait to put this on my bookshelf!