- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: HQ Young Adult - US (23 January 2017)
- ISBN-10: 1489210970
- ISBN-13: 978-1489210975
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 5 x 20.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dawn Study Hardcover – 23 Jan 2017
About the Author
When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn't in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not exciting…at all. Bored at work and needing a creative outlet, she started writing fantasy and science fiction stories. Over a dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She's been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her Masters of Arts degree in Writing from Seton Hill University, where she is now a faculty member.
Her favorite color is red. She loves dogs, but is allergic, instead she has a big black tom cat named…Kitty (apparently naming cats isn't in her skill set either). Maria also has a husband and two children who are an inspiration for her writing when they aren't being a distraction. Note that she mentions her cat before her family. When she's not writing she's either playing volleyball, traveling, or taking pictures. Being a writer, though, is a ton of fun. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and attend Astronomy Camp and call it research? Maria will be the first one to tell you it's not working as a meteorologist.
Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at MariaVSnyder.com.
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Every time I picked up this book it was a struggle to remember which group was currently kidnapped and why. It made the plot a little plodding, a lot predictable and more than a little tiresome as I rolled my eyes yet again as the plan went haywire and someone just got themselves kidnapped - really surprised I didn't give myself eye strain.
Sigh - whilst this world is interesting the author isn't bringing enough depth or imagination to the plot anymore.
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Unfortunately I have to say I was disappointed with the final book in one of my most loved series. It did not live up to the exciting, magical, assassin, butt-kicking book I’ve loved in the past.
To start the review, a look at Valek an Yelena. Their voices and mannerisms in the book have changed, but that didn’t bother me much at all. Valek the Assassin is slowly turning into Papa-Valek, and Yelena has when she calls “baby-brain”. Where Valek was more trusting of Yelena to handle herself, he seems to worry more for her safety and doesn’t approve of her putting herself in danger, and vice-versa with Yelena. Out little couple is growing up and worrying about their future as a family.
What really threw this book off was the entire plot line. It seemed to be bouncing around everywhere. In other book in the series, groups would split and every other chapter or so would update on one group or the other. In Dawn Study, however, there were so many separate groups by the time one rolled around the reader would have forgotten what that group was up to in the first place!
There were also more than a believable number of kidnappings/captures in this book, even for a romantic fantasy! Every other chapter one of the characters was in need of rescue, which is disappointing for this series because I loved how the characters were mostly self reliant or always had each other to get out of the tough situations.
I did love that Fisk and his Helper’s Guild had a major roll in this book. His little guild of street kids has almost grown into an army of their own, and they the ins and outs almost as well as any trained man of Valek’s. It’s great is see what started as a insignificant character in one book grow to become so important over the series.
Overall, Dawn Study was good. It defiantly wasn’t what I was hoping for in the last book of the series, but it was good. Now I’m just left with my fingers cross for a Janco/Ari/Onora spinoff.
For all intents and purposes the story was still fly by the seat of your pants exciting. People were getting poisoned, sabotaged, crossed, double-crossed, kidnapped, coerced, imprisoned, held hostage, assassinated left and right. Many characters kept having near death experiences and cliff hanger chapters so really, after 75% of this book I started cursing the author for toying with my emotions. If you're like me, by now, you're very attached to these characters. Not so much Leif or his wife, or even Opal and her family since I haven't read her spin off series, or even Onora since she's really stuffed in with the other minor side characters. But I really cared about Valek, Yelena, Ari, Janco, Fisk and even the Commander; and hoped they'd all make it out alive.
One huge denouement: There war was built up and the plot all pointed to the last 1/4 of the book only to skip all the Cartel business and the anxious "Are they or aren't they going to make it??" suspense. After throwing us a few dead ends and nail-biting moments the author gave us the big reveal and then that was it. It was like the author really couldn't be bothered at that point so it was a bit disappointing to not see some of the endings in more detail. Glossing over the deaths of the Big Bad and his cohorts, or having some people die off stage was really disappointing. The last two chapters and epilogue were really just the author's long goodbye to Yelena and Valek's story. But mostly Valek. Yelena wasn't even in the last scene, and it was really Valek's story, coming full circle.
I wished Yelena could have kicked more butt, but again, this story arc was not about her entirely. And she did fairly well as a normal human in this arc. Having her condition and person consistently threatened was very nerve wracking, though. At least she wasn't as beat up in this last novel than Valek was, poor guy.
This final book wasn't all that romantic but she and Valek still have their soul bond for the rest of their lives and despite their differences of opinion they never let disagreements keep them apart for long and they don't stay angry. Key to a great union. Their romance is a steady slow burn of the lasting kind. What I love is that the author doesn't string us along, doesn't introduce love triangles, and shows us the effects of two constant hearts, despite their other duties and jobs, despite distance between them, maintaining their love for eight years. They are both extremely mature people. Some may consider that boring, but IMHO I call that enviable. Whatever craziness is going on around them, Yelena and Valek are constant. This is easily one of my favorite OTP's. Yelena+Valek FTW!!
All and all a really good read and a very entertaining series. Some years later I can imagine myself going back to Book 1, starting the journey all over again, with Yelena waiting for the gallows in the Commander's dark dungeon.