With a feisty cover and engaging characters Poison is a story that will capture your imagination and take you to a world filled with magic and adventure sure to entertain readers of all ages alike.
16 Year old Kyra- one of the best potion masters in her kingdom, hired on several occasions by the King for her services- is now on the run. Kyra is charged with the attempted assassination of the Princess in line for the throne, who also happens to be her best friend. When her attempt fails, she is left with no choice but to find the Princess who is now in hiding and finish the job to save her kingdom on the verge of certain destruction. While trying to evade being captured by the kings army, Hal (her now ex-boyfriend), and her teacher must embark on a journey that they never saw coming.
When reading the first few chapters you get the feeling that something is missing. Why is Kyra on the run? Why would she want the princess (who genuinely seems to be her best friend) dead? It is not explained in the beginning but as you read further you are launched into an adventure that will take you there and back with frequent flashbacks on how everything went completely wrong.
Kyra was a fun character to follow. She is quick on her toes, witty, and can hit you with a mean sleep potion if you cross her. She is a very strong willed heroin who has some of the traits of a ninja. It was also nice that every once in a while we would see that underneath this tough exterior was a scared, lonely, and selfless teenager who would betray her only friend to save her people. I found myself constantly rooting for her even when it seemed the her goal was impossible. And when things took a turn for the worse, Kyra meets an ever so charming traveler, Fred. Fred is a mysterious character. He is unmistakably handsome, he always happens to find Kyra when she undoubtedly doesn’t want to be found, and he weirdly wants to know certain information about her life. He questions her about why she lives alone in the woods and who it is she is running from. He also knows things he shouldn’t and he is too observant. With the suspicions surrounding Fred, it’s hard to tell whether he will turn out to be Kyra’s second chance as a friendship or if he is an enemy in disguise.
I really loved the adventure aspect of the story. There was never a dull moment, from action, hilarious commentary between Fred and Kyra, to a brewing romance – it is sure to keep you entertained. There are a lot of twists and turns and the buildup to the revelation was shocking and perfectly done! I was surprised how well every detail we collected along the way came together in this complex plot.
All in all this was a wonderful read with great writing that will leave you more than satisfied. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who loved Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
~Post by Ta’Necia
About the Book
Author: Bridget Zinn
Release Date: March 12, 2013
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