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A Magic Steeped in Poison
A Magic Steeped in Poison | Judy I. Lin
43 posts | 27 read | 40 to read
In this enchanting debut YA fantasy, a young tea-maker travels to the capital city to take part in a cutthroat magical competition that could be the key to saving her sister's life.
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K.Wielechowski
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Such a unique magical system, I love it!
Ning can use tea to make magic. She travels to the capitol for the competition to become the emperor‘s newest shennong-shi but she has a ulterior motive: she wants the mythical cure-all she believes will bring her sister back from the bring of death. A death caused by a mysterious poison that has been winding through the countryside.
Finished 7/15/2022

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Michaelalynn

“If you can feel someone else‘s suffering, how can you look away?”

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TracyReadsBooks
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With her sister dying from the same poison that killed their mother, Ning participates in a contest to find the kingdom‘s greatest master of tea-making which will grant the winner a favor from the princess. Ning plans to ask for help from the imperial physicians if she wins but her path to victory won‘t be easy. Palace intrigue, secrets, friendship & a mysterious stranger who may be more than he appears to be made this story an entertaining read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Starting this one today. Love, love, love the cover.

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RebL
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This is one of my favorite YAs of 2022. Tons of action, but none of it rushed. Quiet, beautiful descriptions. Multiple complicated character relationships, & to a lesser extent court intrigue. Also, I learned some about Chinese tea ceremonies. Plus, the author sent our teen group these postcards & stickers.

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WriterAtHeart
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A story where the magic is based on teas, yes please! I enjoyed this story and excited to see what else will happen for Ninq in the next book.

RebL I‘m Zooming with Judy I. Lin on Saturday! This doesn‘t read like a debut. The language is so soft and transportative. (That‘s a word now.) 2mo
WriterAtHeart @RebL -- That's so awesome!!! Enjoy your zoom call! 2mo
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Nessavamusic
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#ScarathlonDailyPrompts Oct 17 #Poison

This was a solid YA fantasy with one of the prettiest covers ever.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash

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Endowarrior21
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Thank you for the tag @KateReadsYA

1.) Tagged
2.) House of Earth and Blood Cresent City 1
3.) Jamaica, Disney's Private Island Castaway Cay, and Virginia Beach,VA

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

I tagged @sprainedbrain @christyreads @FallenSpring

KateReadsYA I want to read Crescent city very soon! I've heard it's so good. 5mo
Eggs Jamaica 🇯🇲 was my favorite too 🤩 5mo
Endowarrior21 @KateReadsYA It is but you have to read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series first seeing it ties into Cresent City in book 2 I've heard I am only on Chapter 12 in book 2 so I don't know if that is true yet. 5mo
KateReadsYA @Endowarrior21 I've read that whole series so that's cool to know. I never heard that before. 5mo
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RavenclawPrincess913
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"There is a difference between living the suffering and reading about it."

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RavenclawPrincess913
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"Grief has a taste bitter and lingering but so soft it sometimes disguises itself as sweetness."

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Sharpeipup
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“If you were told at birth that the world is supposed to bow down to you, you would think it natural that you are destined to climb.”
#quotes 🤔

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Missusb
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Four #septemberrso2022 books. Life has been busy. End of school, now holiday with family. Always time to read tho.

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Nessavamusic
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So early on I was borderline going to dnf this one, because it is VERY YA at times. However, the magic system is really interesting, revolving around tea brewing. Also the last third was very exciting, though this ended on a minor cliff hanger, and I haven‘t completely decided if I will continue. May see how reviews go for book 2. Also prettiest cover of the year. 3.5⭐️

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DinoMom
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Thank you so much @Meshell1313 I love my #sliceofsummerswap Excited about the book . I have wanted to read it for while now! The candle smells so good!! Bringing the towels on my vacation that we are leaving for today! Everything is perfect!

@Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Super cute bag! Have a great summer! ☀️ 7mo
Meshell1313 Yay! So glad you love it! So fun! ☀️🍉🕶💖 7mo
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RavenclawPrincess913
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover!! 💗 7mo
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RavenclawPrincess913
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I love the cover it's so pretty. It's so sad the main characters sister is dying and if she wins the contest saving her sister would be a good prize like she wants. The fact she accidentally poisoned her and her mom must be hard to live with.

RavenclawPrincess913 I loved the quote that explained their beliefs in death: "Three souls contained within each of us separated from our bodies when we die. One returning to Earth, one to the air, and the final soul descending into the wheel of life." It's a nice way of putting how death works around this point is where I got hooked on the book. When she sold her only memory of her mom she had left in Nánjiāng was very sad. 7mo
RavenclawPrincess913 I agree with the makers of the game that they had to take a test to be let into the competition it'll help keep the cheaters out. I also loved how they gave them a price limit for the tea ingredients so make it more fair. The boy she met while shopping for ingredients my gut said don't trust him but later on he helped save the Princess from an assassin attempt. 7mo
RavenclawPrincess913 I don't want to go into more detail so I don't spoil the rest of the story for others but all around I loved this book and I would 100% reread it. 7mo
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ninergrl6
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Mehso-so

Meh. Another book with an interesting premise — magical tea, competition, murder — but poor execution — too many characters, not enough development. Did the lead care about her dying sister, her family‘s reputation, her community, the competition, the princess‘ safety, her love interest, or kingdom politics? Depends on the chapter! It was all over the place, and it REALLY needed a map. The cover is beautiful though. #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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booksandsympathy
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This book had more layers than I was expecting. I was expecting tea magic and a competition. I wasn't expecting all the complexities of the magic system and political intrigue. It kept me guessing about what would come next and wanting to keep turning the next page. I'm glad the sequel comes out soon, because it ends on a cliffhanger.

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Branwen
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There were cupcakes at the library today, so not only did I get to have a sweet treat for breakfast, but it totally matched my book as well! 🥰🧁 #librarylove #librariansoflitsy

Clare-Dragonfly That‘s gorgeous! They both are 😋 8mo
Ruthiella Perfect match! 8mo
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booksandsympathy
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The fourth book I'm reading for the Asian Readathon is a fantasy book with tea magic. Tea. Magic. I am so excited to read this book! The prompt for this book is read a book by an Asian author that has a cover worthy of googly eyes. 👀 The country represented is Taiwan. #asianreadathon2022

merelybookish What a pretty cover! 8mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Is it the worlds most photogenic book? 🤔 I mean, it‘s definitely a contender!

Thanks for sending it to me @KristiAhlers - I wasn‘t expecting to find anything other than political pamphlets in my letterbox today so this was a huge upgrade!

KristiAhlers Yay!!! I‘m glad you got it! Happy reading, my friend! 💜 9mo
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BookishlyPleasant
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Pickpick

A beautifully written fantasy based in Chinese mythology! The tea based magic system was not only unique but very fascinating! While the pace of the story could be a little wonky, I was still gripped and the cliffhanger at the end has me looking forward to the sequel! This book has competition, politics, betrayal and posion!

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lumbricuslibri
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💖 𝕊𝕆 ℙℝ𝔼-𝕋𝔼𝔸 🍵

It's finally here!
BookDepo actually cancelled my pre-order, said they're unable to fulfil it (2 weeks after publication!). So I ordered from Amazon, which is more expensive because of shipping (I'm in the PH—and, unfortunately, this isn't available at the local bookstores yet).
Good thing I can use my credit card reward points on Amazon, this was practically free.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 💗 9mo
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Branwen
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I can't believe it snowed today! 😂🤣☝️

BookBosomed1 Same. Also, my friend just gifted me that book. How are you liking it? 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly Beautiful picture! I love the contrast of the colorful cover with the black and white snowy scene! 10mo
Branwen @BookBosomed1 I've only just started it, but so far I love it! Magical and unique! I hope you like it too! 💕 @Clare-Dragonfly Thank you! I didn't realize how cool it looked until I was getting ready to post it! Before that I was griping about the snow getting my book wet! 🤣 10mo
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LaytonBooks
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A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin is an East Asian-inspired YA that will appeal to fans of Six Crimson Cranes or Jade Fire Gold. The story revolves around Ning, who has magical tea-brewing powers. When her sister grows sick, she enters a shennong-shi or tea-making competition in the imperial city in order to win a favor from the princess. Will she be able to win the competition? Or will other things distract her from her goal?

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booksandsympathy
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I also went to Barnes & Noble and splurged a little bit. I went there for A Magic Steeped in Poison but it was buy one, get one 50% off, so I picked up The Siren of Sussex. I somehow hadn't bought the new Veronica Speedwell book yet, so I bought it as well. I don't know which book I'm more excited for. I need to finish a couple of library books first though.

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peanutnine
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#ThingsInCommon holding a hot drink
@Clwojick

Clwojick Oooh great match! 🕵🏻‍♀️ 10mo
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peanutnine
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Yesterday's #libraryhaul
Look at these pretty covers 😍

Riveted_Reader_Melissa They are beautiful! 10mo
truthinfiction They are all so pretty. 😍 10mo
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lumbricuslibri
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WHOA Good thing I made it to the pre-order stage(? Idk lol). That's a huge jump from $17 to $37!

I keep seeing/ reading good things about this + look at that cover!
Might still be a while, though, 'til I get my hands on it.

WJCintron 😍 😍 Beautiful cover!! The colors!! 😍 10mo
lumbricuslibri @WJCintron right?! 💖 10mo
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KristiAhlers
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Wow! Not only is this a book that‘s all written, has an amazing set of characters, and the world building was so creative, it was also an emotional read, and has left me with a book hangover! Highly recommend this book! #readingchallenge2022

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Skyrimir
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This was definitely a cover buy, even though the story also sounds really interesting! It may be one of my favorite covers this year!

Kimberlone Gorgeous cover 😍 10mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Do my eyes deceive me, sweet book depository?!

Mutters angrily about cost of living increases and Scott Morrison.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Update : it‘s wayyy cheaper to buy from Booktopia - but they don‘t currently have any stock… (but then that looks to be the case everywhere) 10mo
katy4peas Bookshop.org has it 10mo
katy4peas And they support local bookstores with part of your purchase. 😊 10mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @katy4peas, doesn‘t look like they offer international shipping otherwise I‘d be all for it! 10mo
katy4peas @thegirlwiththelibrarybag hmm there is a UK version and a Spain version. Does that help? 🤔 10mo
katy4peas Doh. 🤦‍♀️ UK is back to preorder for it. 😂 🤷‍♀️ sorry! 10mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @katy4peas, sadly no - I‘m in Australia. 10mo
KristiAhlers @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m finishing it now. I‘d be happy to mail it to you if you‘d like. I live in Illinois and I‘d be happy to drop it into the post so it can be read again 10mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @KristiAhlers - that‘s so kind. The postage might be brutal - could I pay for the postage? 10mo
KristiAhlers @thegirlwiththelibrarybag if that is what you‘d like. My email is katahlers@gmail.com. Email me your addy and I‘ll get it in the post no later than tomorrow. I finished it last night and I‘m running errands tomorrow! 10mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @KristiAhlers, thanks! Have emailed ☺️ 10mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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A magic system based around tea…

sprainedbrain Lovely! 10mo
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IheartYA
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This book was extremely entertaining and emotional. You're brought right into the action with little backstory, and the story is complex but woven with mastery. The writing style was phenomenal. The character development, pace and world building were spot-on.
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Thank you to Bookish First for offering this book in their raffle!
Please use my Bookish First referral code: c2c277e5792a7a0ab

wisherwishinguponastar That cover art is gorgeous!!! 10mo
wisherwishinguponastar That cover art is gorgeous!!! 10mo
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underground_bks
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You‘ll want to drink in every detail of this tea-centered, magic-infused young adult debut, in which tea masters called shennong-shi wield magic with every brew. When the princess announces a competition for the empire‘s next shennong-shi, Ning, desperate to help a dying sister, grasps at the chance to win any request from the princess. What she finds is enchantment and danger, romance and court politics, friendship and treachery in equal measure.

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