In this penultimate (!) episode of season 5, we’re discussing A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin. The novel tells the story of Ning, a young girl who is headed to the capital to compete to become the empire’s new master in the magic and art of tea making. Ning has an ulterior motive, hoping to gain the princess’s favorite to potentially save Ning’s older (and currently poisoned) sister. There are lovely gardens and amazing sensory descriptions that captivated both of us. Not to mention it has one of the most BEAUTIFUL covers!
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- Recommend if you like…
- any kind of story with like a competition to find the best… whatever.
- Perhaps books in the Grishaverse series by Leigh Bardugo (J agrees with this suggestion from the book’s marketing copy)
- Gen-Mai Cha is the tea Jessie mentions
- Here is a helpful tea resource: Chinese Teas 101
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