Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Butterflies. Delicate, beautiful, innocent...lethal. Convicted criminal Yelena knows all too well the fatal effects of Butterfly's Dust, a poison so calculatedly potent that its victim dies in convulsive seizures on the second day after ingestion – all without feeling a thing until the death hour. But this seems like a small price to pay for her life spared from the noose – the position of official food taster for the Commander of Ixia. Now bound to the kingdom by her daily dose of antidote, she soon becomes involved in a network of spies for Ixia's Chief of Security – a deadly assassin by the name of Valek – and an underground community of magic – a practice punishable by death in Ixia – in order to save the kingdom and return to her homeland. As a young adult novel with themes of trust, loyalty, and perseverance, this adventure–fantasy story is a wonderful read for both teenagers and adults. Check Our Catalog

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