Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Romance
To quote Janco, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I'm still into Maria V. Snyder's impeccable writing. Or more precisely, I love her more than coffee0. Chocolate-flavored coffee. I will never get tired of reading about Yelena and Valek's adventures and struggles to make both Sitia and Ixia a safe place, I'll never get tired of Janco's sassiness and banters with, well, everyone, and Ari's protective side and Leif's food-lust, because these people are my family, a loud, crazy and reckless family that gives me all the feels! And Night Study is one of the best fantasy books I've ever read!
“Holy snow cats,” Janco said. “We're screwed.”
Yup, that summarizes pretty much what happens in this book. The war between Sitia and Ixia seems inevitable, and despite our dream team's efforts the bad guys are always one step ahead. The Commander doesn't trust Valek anymore, Owen Moon grows dangerous plants that can neutralize an entire army and a Cartel that targets magicians spreads chaos and fear in Sitia, while Yelena without her powers is extremely vulnerable but still stubborn as a mule and keeps endangering herself for the people she cares about. Ambushes, incarceration and deception are our heroes' constant companions, and eventually they face the horrible realization that perhaps this time they cannot win.
“Sneaks, spies, defenders, heroes, masterminds, tenacious bastards - it doesn't matter what you call us. We're the ones who will do whatever it takes to stop those who believe they're entitled to wealth and power at the expense of others.”
Son of a snow cat, I bit my nails until they bled! I was constantly worried and stressed and all I could hear was my frantic heartbeat because the story took so many unexpected turns and everyone got too close to death at least once that my delicate stomach could barely handle it! Every chapter ended in a cliffhanger and I desperately wanted to find out what happened, but then the next chapter would come and bite me in the ass with a shocking event that made my head explode and in the end I didn't know whose narrative I wanted to read the most!
“Valek no longed knew what to think, to believe, to do. He'd always known what action to take, but not now. Too much had happened. One thing stayed consistent. Yelena. He needed to protect her, to send her to safety, to ensure that she understood that his loyalties were no longer divided.”
Fine, fine, of course Valek's was my favorite! This time we witnessed a more vulnerable Valek, who was hurt by the way the Commander treated him but saw with absolute clarity that his priority was one, his heart-mate (Gosh I love this word!), and for her he would defy every order and overcome every obstacle! I must admit that at first I couldn't see the reason why Maria narrated in such detail his hunt of the Storm Thieves because I found it irrelevant, but as the story unfolded and Valek finally faced his demons and defeated them, my heart sang a happy rhyme and I was so proud of him! He's still an assassin, he's still calculative and ruthless, but his armor has finally cracked.
“Till death. I do swear, love." Valek whispered in my ear.
"Beyond death. My vow to you," I said.
He drew back to meet my gaze. "So we shall be. Forever united."
"We shall be," I agreed.”
So.many.feels!! My OTP is strong, stronger than ever, and thank God they had many scenes together in Night Study that brought me tears of joy and love!!
Romance, friendship, humor, adventure and magic are Maria V. Snyder's ingredients that never fail to deliver a marvelous and memorable story! And now I regret my decision to read Night Study before the final book is out, because the suffering is just beginning. I'm going to curl into a ball and cry.