Currently hooked on this series! It’s a trilogy and I’m already on the third book. Poison Study is the first book of the Study Trilogy.
I’m going to be sad when I finish the series. Ah, well. Time to look for a new potential book read!
Poison Study is a 2005 fantasy novel written by Maria V. Snyder and the first book in the Study series. It tells the story of a nineteen year old girl named Yelena, who after spending just less than a year in a dungeon awaiting execution is given the chance to live on the condition that she will become the Commander’s Food Taster.
Not everyone is pleased by Yelena’s acceptance of the role of food taster, especially not General Brazell, whose son Yelena was in prison for killing, despite it being in self defense. His want for her death causes Valek, the assassin and right hand man to the Commander, who rules Ixia with an iron fist without ever bending the rules, to take her under his protection, despite having fed her Butterfly Dust to prevent her escape: if she doesn’t have the antidote every day, she will die. – Wikipedia