Author: Bridget Zinn
Provided Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart … misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Review: It has been a long time since I have encountered a fun fantasy-adventure story. Kyra is our capable and rather kick-ass heroine. She has trained since the age of ten to become a master potion maker, and she winds up surprising the entire kingdom with an assassination attempt on her best friend and princess, Ariana. Now on the run, Kyra must rely on her skills and the help of a tracking piglet to find the princess and complete her task. Like all adventures she encounters plenty of characters and surprises on the way.
What else can I say about this story? It was simply fun and I breezed right through the pages. The plot twists were wonderful because there were quite a few that I never saw coming. In terms of romance I felt there was a bit to be desired; Kyra was a great character on her own who did not need a man and whom I felt had very little chemistry with her suitors. But this book was in no way a romance story so I refuse to dwell on that.
If you are interested in a story that is fun, adventurous, humorous, and quick then Poison is a great choice for you. It would make for an excellent summer read!