TBR Treasures: A Magic Steeped in Poison

Welcome back to TBR Treasures, everyone: a monthly series where I dig through my TBR hoard and emerge a book I’m really excited for, and highlight it. There are some truly amazing books out there and they deserve to be celebrated for how fantastic they are. 

And it should also help keep my TBR list from entering the thousands. (Key word here is: should.) You can check out my previous highlights here!

Let’s get started!


This Month’s Selection is…

A Magic Steeped in Poison

Author: Judy I. Lin
Series: The Book of Tea #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Length: Hardcover, 384 pages
Published: March 29th 2022

Genre: Fantasy | YA Fiction | Mythology | High Fantasy | Asian Literature | Magic


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.

Considering I’m both a fan of fantasy, and someone who loves tea, it’s pretty much a given that I’ll be grabbing a copy the second I’m able. And seriously, look at that glorious cover! Is it any wonder that I’m excited for this book?!

Aside from the fact that this will look absolutely gorgeous on my shelves, this story is based on Chinese mythology and history, and centers around a magical tea making competition, which is just the most incredible concept I’ve ever read to date. Add in bloody courts, cutthroat competition, and steep it together with a mysterious (potential) love interest, and that is the perfect recipe for a book I need to read.

And I promise to keep the tea puns to a minimum when I do.


You can check out this book on Amazon (CA) and Goodreads

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