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Dawn Study

Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Series: The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 6
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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New York Times best-selling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond - and a family - that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall - and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician...and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

©2017 Maria V. Snyder (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Love the book love the adio

Sooooo good love it brilliant needs a new voice for janco thought and ari needs to be gruff!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • C. Hampton
  • 03-03-2017

(Sigh)...thank you Maria V. Snyder!!

I was ecstatic when I found out that Ms. Snyder was writing a final three books to continue and conclude the story of Yelena and Valek. I've adored spending time in their world...I've laughed, loved, grieved and wept along with each of these characters and the world-wind of emotions has been wonderful. Dawn Study is everything I have come to expect from the Soulfinders series.

The inclusion of the different character's perspectives was great...particularly Valek and Janco. It really helps inform and round out the story, and provides real insight from characters which could only to be guessed at in the earlier books. The only difficulty is the eight year gap between the books (I know that the Glass series filled in some of those years, but still...). All of a sudden Fisk is seventeen and Valek is in his forties (I think).

It's a wonderful second trilogy to this series and I couldn't be happier with the ultimate conclusion. Smiles and tears, laughter and anger - Ms. Snyder continues to impress with the world of her imagination. Bravo!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2017

Absolutley loved the entire Poison Study series!

Especaially this concluding book! I read the first three books, and listened to the last two. Now I wish i had the books to look back at! However, the narrator was amazing and I loved "hearing" Valek's voice and personality.

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  • kris_eve
  • 14-06-2020

Lackluster at best.

The narrator occasionally seems to forget which character she’s playing and will go in & out of various accents or use the wrong voice which is confusing as you listen. My biggest complaint though is that 95% of the story is preparing for war. It was so dull! I felt like author was just trying to stretch pages & make a novella into a book. Sad, as I loved the series until this one.

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  • TJ
  • 12-06-2020

Decent... but redundant.

Though I did enjoy the story, the various protagonists were captured by their even more various enemies SO often, that I would be surprised if there wasn’t already a group of bibliophiles out there who’ve made a drinking game out of it... seriously, I’ve never encountered an author who has likewise used this plot device to this extent. In fact, it got to the point where it surprised me if someone DIDN’T get caught during a mission. As usual, the relationship between our two main protagonists was quite lovely, and the narrator on-point.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-2019

Good Ending (for now)!

After the ending, I really want to know what happens to Yelena's and Valek's new child - or foal, as Kiki calls it. I hope there are more installments to come to this story, but it was still a satisfying ending. I enjoyed the plot twists, as I didn't see them coming. If you've made it this far in the series, you might as well buy this one and find out what happens next!

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  • Dawn B
  • 05-04-2019

one of my favorite book series 😍

I love the study and glass books. I actually have most of both in hardback but enjoyed them so much I also purchased and listened here on Audible. I'm happy to say that they were as good in my head and imagination as they were listening to someone else's rendition. thank you Maria for keeping me entertained for long hours. I loved Valek so much I named my dog after him. I have and will continue to recommend to everyone!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-2018

Loved this series

What a wonderful story to end this series. Full of suspence, action, music and love. This has been one of my all time favorite book series. I fell in love with the characters, and the storytelling is exceptional. I even passed along the stories to the next generation (my daughter and her friends). Thank you for such wonderful storytelling Ms.Snyder.

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  • Susan Ritter
  • 02-02-2017

Another amazing book!

Wow!!!! Adventure, friends, love, and as always kept on the edge of my seat!!! I just can't get enough of this gang!!! Thank you for another amazing book!

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  • Stephen Weimer
  • 10-06-2018

The 6th book of this series felt like the 1000th.

This was a disappointing book, serving as the culmination for what began as a good series and ended as a tedious bore. All of the characters by this point are 1-dimensional "good" and "bad" with no unique motivations. No new ground is explored in the interesting magical aspects of the story; only the same mind-control, capture, & breakout plotlines as all of the previous books. I would recommend potential readers to either read only Poison Study--the strongest of the series by far--or stop after Fire Study to round out the original trilogy.

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  • Carolyn Philpot
  • 09-05-2020

Thumbs-up Series👍👍👍👍👍

This was the last book to an enjoyable, well written series. Characters were well developed and storyline had plenty of action mystery suspense and romance...all with a touch of magic. The story allows the reader/listener to walk with the main character when she was kidnapped as a young teenager. She was being used for human experiments and sexual abuse. She was sentenced to death for killing her abuser but her life was spared for being a food taster for poison. Later she had learned she was born with magic and was sent to a school to develop her skills. Her schooling was cut short and her many adventures began. (Good narration throughout)

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  • TheReader
  • 04-02-2017

Really disappointing audio

The narration for this book is poor. There are pauses where there shouldn't be, e.g. Councillor 'Pause' Bavol... and the narrators voice is flat, lifeless and hard to engage with. I'm a huge fan of this series and have waited a long time to hear Yelena and Valeks conclusion. I bought the audio book because it was released on Audible earlier than the UK paperback but will have to wait for the physical copy as I find my attention wandering with this version.

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  • Nick
  • 04-09-2020

study study study

i love all of the study series i cant get enough. i love the characters i love the quirky magic and the love hate relationship each character seems to have with their magic. its just great fun to read or listen to.

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  • JenniferL
  • 18-04-2017

Fantastic book following up on an awesome series

fantastic book great narrator who offers lots of accents to differentiate the characters. the story line is standard poison study storyline. it does get a bit comical in parts about how many times people are 'rescued' from various situations but this book doesn't dissapointed and continues the story of Valek an Yelena beautifully.

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  • Kelly
  • 02-03-2017

Maria does not fail to capture my attention

Wow! what a blast! I've found myself stood in rapt attention to the story. All your favourite characters, adventure and excitement.

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  • CeNedra Red
  • 26-06-2017

Dumbed Down :-{

In Book 1 of the Ixia Series, Poison Study, and the two books which followed, Magic and Fire Study, the character of Yelena was smart, competent and savvy, and I realy liked and admired her for her tenacity and courage, given everything she had been forced to endure. Unfortunately in the final three books, Shadow, Night and Dawn Study, clever Yelena has become a simpering idiot, and I seriously wanted to slap her silly, which would have been a vast improvement to the brainless bint she has become. The character of Valek has also turned into a spineless weed. Valek became one of my all time favourite male literary characters, when I first encountered him in Poison Study. But in the final three books, I just wanted to kick him in the *****. I don't know what happened but I am so disappointed with the final three books. One of the few high point was the fantastic narration, by Gabra Zackman. Indeed she was the only thing that kept me listening to the end. I waited a long time for this trilogy to be published, but I doubt I'll wait for any more, if they're anything like this. Not a Happy Kitty :-{