Published in: 2008
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 3.5 in the study series.
Ari and Janco deal with a Sandseed Story Weaver and a cocky young soldier while Valek is off helping Yelena.
I read the study series some 5 years ago, and I loved it. It is one of those series that I continue to think about, the world and it’s characters so rich and so fantastic that I still recall them and their names. I read a lot, so I don’t really remember characters or names or situations all that well, not unless the book has really drawn me in. This is one of those rare books that no only drew me in, but stayed with me. I recommended this/shoved the series at friends and demand they read it (They did, they loved it too). I still think about Yelena and Valek like all the time.
Why tell you all that? To show that I haven’t read this series in a few years (I re-read Fire Study a year or two ago, but even so, that’s a while back). So this little short-story was part of the series, and having not read it recently, I did wonder if I’d be able to even remember anything. Well, I sure did. I remember Ari, and Janco, and this short 27 page story threw me right back into the world, focusing on these two characters who are kinda awesome. It’s only really two scenes, but it was rich, detailed, it drew me in, I remembered all the words and terms and characters mentioned, it reminded me of other scenes from the books, I was back in the world that Maria created and I loved it.
I also now really really REALLY want to read this series again. Like right now.
Power Study rating: 9/10. For a 27 page story, this was damn good. I think it helped having read the series, as I knew the characters and all was familiar, but it is also a testament to the writer’s ability to world-build, that a story as short as this drew me in so much, was so rich and vivid and just damn fantastic.
Would I re-read it? When I read this series again, I shall read the short stories to. So yes, I will re-read it.
Who would I recommend it to? If you have read the series, then I recommend the short-stories that accompany it. Otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend reading this, as you don’t quite have the background to support the characters or storylines mentioned.
Author’s website (where you can read the story): http://www.mariavsnyder.com/powerstudy.php