Just finished Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder. It was really good just like the first one (this is book 2) and now I am ready to read the next one (Fire Study). I'm quite curious to see what new trouble Yelena can get into. Here is the summary from the back cover of Magic Study:
A lesson in loyalty - a master class in intrigue
So far, I've managed to survive. You would think after being kidnapped as a child, imprisoned in my teens and released to become a poison taster, I would have endured enough. But no. The discovery of my magical abilities - powers forbidden in Ixia - has resulted in an execution order. My only chance is to flee to Sitia, my long-lost birthplace.
But Sitia is unfamiliar. I'm treated like an enemy - even by my own brother. Plus I can't control my powers. I want to learn about my magic, but there isn't time. A rogue magician has emerged and I'm targeted as his next victim.
Will my magical abilities save me...or be my downfall?