A Venom Dark and Sweet
by Judy I. Lin
Pub Date – 8/23/22
I really enjoyed the first in the series and am so excited to be back in this world!
This book was a little slower than the first but just as immersed in mythology and culture. It was told through multiple POVs as we follow Ning and Kang.
The magic system through the tea brewing was very interesting and when they didn’t have tea they improvised interestingly. This book was a little darker than the first since they were trying to take over the Crown and there were also some darker forces at work.
It was a great conclusion to the duology. The covers are so gorgeous too!
❓ Do you drink coffee or tea?
ABOUT the BOOK:
The enthralling conclusion to Judy I. Lin’s Book of Tea duology—#1 New York Times bestseller A Magic Steeped in Poison and A Venom Dark and Sweet—is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.
A great evil has come to the kingdom of Dàxi. The Banished Prince has returned to seize power, his rise to the dragon throne aided by the mass poisonings that have kept the people bound in fear and distrust.
Ning, a young but powerful shénnóng-shi—a wielder of magic using the ancient and delicate art of tea-making—has escorted Princess Zhen into exile. Joining them is the princess’ loyal bodyguard, Ruyi, and Ning’s newly healed sister, Shu. Together the four young women travel throughout the kingdom in search of allies to help oust the invaders and take back Zhen’s rightful throne.
But the golden serpent still haunts Ning’s nightmares with visions of war and bloodshed. An evil far more ancient than the petty conflicts of men has awoken, and all the magic in the land may not be enough to stop it from consuming the world…
Thank you macmillan and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.