It being a Luna book I was worried it would be too much a romance and not enough a story, but it's an excellent fantasy with the romance coming lightly at the end. The poison taster is a interesting twist, and the magic simple and effective. Yelena's a great characters, strong of mind, and overcoming her horrors and becoming strong of skill, spymasters, magic chocolate, and a kind of opressive, stalinesque, 'kingdom' but not over done. good, but for a bit of a sequel cop-out ending. an 8. perhaps more if the sequel lives up to it.
ASSASSIN STUDY is an online serial story about the trouble Valek is involved in while Yelena is in Sitia.
MAGIC STUDY: YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS BAD WHEN YOU MISS YOUR DAYS AS A POISON TASTER.
FIRE STUDY: SURROUNDED BY FIRE WITH NO WAY TO ESCAPE THE BURN.