i received a copy of a magic steeped in poison from new south publishing au in exchange for an honest review.
a magic steeped in poison review
a magic steeped in poison is a unique combination of chinese mythology and culture. while i’ve read a fair few of asian inspired fantasy lately, i haven’t come across a book that uses tea brewing as a magic form. it made the book so distinctive from all the others that i’ve read.
while the title was what initially captivated my interest, i found the cover art to be particularly beautiful. (the artist did a fantastic job!)
now, for the characters. ning was a loveable and relatable main character. she had her flaws, but i loved her regardless. the author also uses the found family trope with the group of characters that ning befriends throughout her journey.
unfortunately, i felt that the other side characters didn’t get the backstory they deserved. many were just left to our imaginations.
and lastly, i really struggled with the instalove. it’s something i struggle with and absolutely hate (i wish authors would stop writing it into their books, but oh well). i just wish there was more development between the two characters and their relationship.
all in all, i plan to read the sequel when it’s released, seeing as it’s only a duology. (it’d be a different story if it was a longer series). i look forward to seeing where the author takes things in the next book. (and more tea related magic!)