Poison Study by Maria V Snyder was the main pick for the Vaginal Fantasy group on Goodreads. Master of Crows by Grace Draven was the alternate pick. I read both, and I liked them both. I liked Master of Crows the best of the two. However, they were both fun reads.
Poison Study is the story of Yelena, an accused murderer awaiting execution. She was given a second chance at life by accepting a job as a food taster for the Commander, the head of the military state Yelena lives in. Yelena is trained by Valek to taste poison.
There is quite a bit of adventure to the story, a little bit of romance, and some good characters.
I liked the book and am interested in reading more in the series. The series has been carried as both an adult and a young adult series.
Master of Crows is definitely an adult book. Martise of Asher, a slave trained in magic theory whose gift has not yet manifested, travels to Neith to apprentice to Silhara, a dark sorcerer. Silhara is being plagued by an old god, and if he gives in, it will be bad for the world at large. Martise has the skill to translate old texts to find a way to get rid of the old god.
This book also has a good dose of adventure, good characters and some serious romance.
I'm going to give Master of Crows by Grace Draven, 4 stars; and Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, also gets 4 stars.
Next up: Supernatural Born Killers by Casey Daniels, the most recent Pepper Martin mystery.
Then: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.