About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a choice: A quick death . . . or slow poison . . . In a last minute reprieve she becomes the food taster for the Commander of Ixia. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace — and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander. Escape is impossible. As Yelena’s magical talent grows she is increasingly attracted to her captor, chief of Security Valek. Trouble is brewing in Ixia. Yelena’s life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear . . .
Student excuse for why this book was overdue. “It’s so good that I keep re-reading it.’