A Magic Steeped in Poison

A Magic Steeped in Poison

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 out of 5 stars

Title:               A Magic Steeped in Poison

Author:           Judy I. Lin

Publisher:       Titan Books

Format:           ARC, ebook

Publication:     6th of September 2022

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Ning is a grieving daughter, burdened by her belief of being guilty of her mother’s death. At any rate, she was the one to prepare the tea, which turned out to be poisonous. As the same illness threatens her sister’s life, Ning is determined to find the antidote. When the competition to find the greatest shennong-shi (master of tea-making) is announced, Ning takes her sister’s place as their mother’s apprentice and travels to the imperial city. There, she faces not only the challenging competition tasks but also unfair rivalry, court intrigues and the charm of first love…

In this novel, Judy I. Ling created a wonderful new world for her readers to explore. Based on Chinese tradition, it explores folklore and adds a specific charming touch- magical teas! The whole book revolves around tea! In A Magic Steeped in Poison, the ancient art of tea-brewing is raised to a mythical level. Shennong-shi uses tea leaves, prepared in a specific way and infused with various ingredients to charm, fortify, separate truth from lies or poison and kill. Different plants and herbs have unique properties, and all the participants of the shennong-shi competition have their own way of using them to their advantage. Tea-making is, in this book, a way of life, an art with traditions and ceremonies that are described in detail. I found it fascinating.

I would recommend this unique and beautifully written novel to the fans of stories based on mythology, especially Chinese. If you liked Daughter of the Moon Goddess or Six Crimson Cranes, you would love this book.

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