Book Review: A Venom Dark and Sweet

Posted October 17, 2022 by geograph in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: A Venom Dark and SweetA Venom Dark and Sweet by Judy I. Lin
Series: The Book of Tea #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 23, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / Asia, Young Adult Fiction / Royalty
Pages: 352
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley
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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...

These books are lush, imaginative, full of tea and magic, and a perfect introduction to court intrigue for young adults who aren’t ready for (or don’t like!) Game of Thrones. Four stars.


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