Review: Night Study by Maria V Snyder

January 24, 2016 Review 32 ★★★★

Review: Night Study by Maria V Snyder
Night Study by Maria V Snyder
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Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 448
Release Date: January 25th, 2016
Series: Soulfinders #2
Genres: Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


My brain has been in a state of “I don’t know what emotion I’m feeling” for a few days now so this review is going to be hard to write, especially since my thoughts on NIGHT STUDY are… hard to put into words. I don’t have mixed feelings about it, I 100% enjoyed the book. But I’m not screaming from the roof tops about it, you know? I really really like it but there’s just something missing.

SHADOW STUDY was a really intense read, with plot twists everywhere. I was so shocked at so many stages through that novel. NIGHT STUDY just never delivered on that level. It’s what I’d call a development book. Many plot points introduced in SHADOW STUDY are further fleshed out and explored in NIGHT STUDY. Plot Things are starting to happen on a much larger scale than I first expected and I’m kind of excited! There’s also a lot of character development, particularly with Valek, as people begin question their alliances and learn surprising details about themselves, their true abilities, and their pasts.

Despite the slower nature of the plot, Snyder’s writing continued to keep me reading. Her words just flow so easily and her novels are so much fun to read, even as she switches from Yelena’s first person POV to other characters third person POV. She makes everything so easy to picture without getting heavy on descriptions that would otherwise slow it down.

My favourite aspect of NIGHT STUDY is the characters, hands down. They’re just so entertaining and hilarious. I can always count on Janco to make me laugh! There were also some surprising new characters introduced and I can’t wait to see how they fit into and change the dynamic.

NIGHT STUDY has set up an interesting stage for DAWN STUDY, but as it developed all the plot points and characters it didn’t quite grab me like SHADOW STUDY did. I still love the characters and was surprised every now and then, but there was no rush of “I NEED TO KNOW MORE” (which could honestly have just been because I was in a weird mood at the time). I expect DAWN STUDY will pick up the pace again and bring a conclusion packed with action and surprises.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.4

32 Responses to “Review: Night Study by Maria V Snyder”

    • Bec

      This is the same characters, but a new trilogy set after the Glass books (which is a companion series). If you’re counting all the books set in Ixia there’s 8 out right now haha

      I love these characters so much I’m happy to read basically anything with them in it haha

  1. Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

    Ahhh I understand what you mean – there are books that I really enjoy, but at the same time, I wouldn’t exactly call them my favorites (but that doesn’t mean that I enjoyed them any less!). I’m glad that you liked Night Study (from your review it would seem that Snyder’s writing is absolutely gorgeous!) anyhow and that you’re clearly excited for the last one.

    Great review, Bec! :)
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    • Bec

      Yes start them ASAP!! It did set up some really exciting things so I’m excited to see where those developments go in the next one.

  2. Ashana Lian .

    Great review!! Interestingly, I’ve read Fire Study by Maria V Snyder, and although I enjoyed it I also felt like there was something missing. I can usually put my feelings into words but in this case, I just don’t know what it is. =/

    Still, I think I have this book somewhere packed away, so when I’ve finished the most pressing books on my TBR I’ll read it. =O Thanks for sharing this review, Bec. =]
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    • Bec

      It’s really frustrating not quite knowing what was missing from making it great :/

      I hope you like it when you get to it!

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I own a copy of Poison Study but I have yet to start the series! I remember your review for Shadow Study so I was curious how you made out with the continuation of the series here^^ Sometimes with a middle book, I find you do get those ‘development books’ that Night Study seems to be, and while it’s necessary to the story, it doesn’t make for as much of a compelling read. Despite that, you still managed to enjoy this one quite a bit, which is encouraging for me :) I seriously need to get caught up here LOL! Lovely review Bec ♥
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  4. Sara L.

    This is all good to hear (or, rather, read). Night Study comes out on Tuesday here, and my pre-ordered copy should arrive in the mail before the end of the week. :) I’m particularly interested in seeing how Yelena and Valek cope with the… ahem, BOMBSHELL that was dropped at the end of Shadow Study.
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    • Bec

      Yeah they just don’t hit you in the right spot. It can be caused by something like being in a small slump or not being in the right mood for that kind of book.

  5. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I feel pretty much the same as you on this one, Bec! I was BLOWN AWAY by Shadow Study, but I didn’t feel like Night Study ~quite~ reached that level. Which isn’t to say that it wasn’t amazing, because it was (this is Maria we are talking about, after all), but there was a lack of urgency, I guess.

    The characters and their development was definitely the best part for me, too. SO MUCH STUFF ABOUT VALEK OMG.

    I seriously cannot wait to read the last one. So keen. SO KEEN.

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    • Bec

      It was pretty chill compared to Shadow Study (it didn’t help I’d forgotten so many details…). VALEK’S DEVELOPMENT OMG!! I can’t wait to see where it all goes in Dawn Study!

      She’s going to be the first author I’ve met twice!! Hopefully. Exams normally happen around the same time as GC Supanova but fingers crossed it doesn’t happen this year.

  6. Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

    Lovely review! I’ve read the Poison study series by Snyder and I really liked them, didn’t LOVE them but still really enjoyed them! I never really planned to read the Soulfinders trilogy a go but am definitely going to now! :)

    • Bec

      Thanks! They’re a fun series and the characters are really entertaining to read about. I hope you like it when you read it!

    • Bec

      Yep Poison Study is where it all began. I LOVE Poison Study. It’s become one of my favourite fantasy books because every book is just so much fun. The characters are great. I highly recommend it!

  7. Anissa @ She Reads Too Much

    Oh wow, I’ve never read any of Snyder’s books before but I’ve been meaning to ever since I heard of Poison Study. Seeing as how much you loved this series so far (even if this book wasn’t as amazing as the first) and how great these characters sound, I’m definitely going to have to pick up a copy of Shadow Study sooner rather than later! :D
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    • Bec

      YOU NEED TO READ IT ANISSA!! It was one of my gateway books into fantasy. Snyder has also become one of my all time favourite authors. I suggest starting with Poison Study & the other books in the original trilogy first then the Glass series before moving on to Shadow Study (Shadow Study has the same main characters as the first Study trilogy and takes place after the events of the Glass trilogy)

  8. Lola

    Oh this reminds me I still haven’t read this one! I got a review copy through netgalley and almost forgot about it. It sounds like this is another great book in this series and I am glad to hear it’s a good one even though it doens’t reach the same level as Shadow Study.

    I really enjoyed learning more about Valek in the previous book, so I am looking forward to more of that in this book. I love the characters in this series and yes Janco can always make you laugh, he’s a great character. I think I’ll have to make sure I read this one soon. Great review!
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    • Bec

      Glad I could remind you haha! Everything Snyder writes is a good addition to the series XD

      We get so much more Valek in this book omg! So many exciting developments involve him.

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