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A Magic Steeped in Poison

By Judy I. Lin
A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin digital book - Fable

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A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

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.

Praise for A Magic Steeped in Poison:

A USA Today Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
An ABA Indie Bestseller
An ABA Indies Introduce Selection
An ABA Indies Next Pick


"Beautifully written, from the setting to the magic system, A Magic Steeped in Poison is sure to enchant both fantasy lovers and cdrama aficionados. I’ll be inhaling whatever Judy I. Lin brews up next." —Joan He, New York Times-bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find

"Ning’s unforgettable voice and the lush, atmospheric settings will enchant readers in this high-stakes story of deadly magic. ... Lin blends Chinese folklore with a thrilling mystery. It's the perfect recipe for a page-turner." —Booklist, starred review

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1132 Reviews

3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveBeautiful settingImmersive settingMagical settingThought-provoking
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Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readOriginal writingFast-pacedMagical settingUnsatisfying ending
Thumbs Up“I really liked this book! I'll admit it took maybe a little over 100 pages before I was actually invested and itching to pick up the book again (which is why the 4/5), but once I became invested, I definitely stayed invested. I really, truly enjoy Lin's ability to create beautiful imagery through her descriptions — depicting images as well as feelings in such a way that are not just palatable but also incredibly invigorating. She breathes life into her words, and it shows. I love descriptive writing, and I think I've discovered a deep appreciation in myself for Lin's way of capturing these moments with this one!”
Diverse charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingDarkViolence
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Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingTwistyBeautiful settingDark

About Judy I. Lin

Judy I. Lin, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Book of Tea duology (A Magic Steeped in Poison and A Venom Dark and Sweet), 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 daughters.

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