A Magic Steeped in Poison can be described as magical, enchanting, wonderful and whimsical. The story follows Ning who is competing to try and save her sisters from an illness she feels is her own fault. A Magic Steeped in Poison immediately grabbed my attention and my heart! Being the eldest sister in my house I immediately connected with Ning because I would do the same thing in her place. And the story very rapidly pulls you in! When I started it I blinked and then suddenly was 100 pages in.
Don’t be deceived, my mother once told me. The stars are not as peaceful as they appear. The astronomers are tasked with deciphering their celestial travels, prophecies that predict the rise and ruin of great families and kingdoms. They burn with as much ferocity as our sun.
Everything in this story from world building, to characters to writing style screams ‘top favorite book’ to me. Judy I. Lin’s writing in this book gave me such a sense of adventure but also really makes the reader feel immersed in this story – it was so hard for me to pull myself away that I read this in one sitting! This is a book you have to read for yourself to full experience but believe me when I say it is delightfully enchanting. 5 Stars!
Human hands make mistakes Ning, but they are the hands the gods gave us. We use them to make amends, to do good things.
A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin comes out March 29th and can be purchased anywhere books are sold – Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Book Depository, Indigo, IndieBound. Make sure to add it to your Goodreads as well! I’ll add the synopsis below as well. Happy reading!
Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.
I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”
For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.
When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.
But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.
About the Author –
Judy I. Lin was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada with her family at a young age. She grew up with her nose in a book and loved to escape to imaginary worlds. She now works as an occupational therapist, and still spends her nights dreaming up imaginary worlds of her own. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband and daughter. A Magic Steeped in Poison is her debut novel. Website Twitter Instagram Goodreads