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97. A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

It’s our final episode (!), and we’re discussing A Tempest of Tea, the much anticipated new novel by Hafsah Faizal. We meet Arthie Casimir and her crew who run a tea-house-turned-blood-house called Spindrift in the city of White Roaring. When Spindrift is threatened, Arthie is forced to make alliances and pull off a dangerous heist. There are vampires, colonial shenanigans, forgeries, and intrigue galore. The book ends on a serious cliffhanger, and we don’t know when to expect the next installment.

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  • Recommend if you like…
    • Hafsah’s other duology The Sands of Arawiya (We Hunt the Flame episode 32 and We Free the Stars episode 54)
    • Sabaa Tahir if you like books that deal with colonialism set in a magical world (An Ember in the Ashes episode 4A Torch Against the Night episode 7A Reaper at the Gates episode 10; and A Sky Beyond the Storm episode 50)
    • Definitely Peaky Blinders which was how Hafsah marketed this book – as Peaky Blinders with vampires, although this book is way less violent!
    • Six of Crows (episode 22) and Crooked Kingdom (episode 29) by Leigh Bardugo since Arthie and Kaz have similar vibes.

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