Could have been better

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A Magic Steeped in Poison was a beautiful rendition of wonder and Chinese folklore. I really enjoyed the magic system of tea introduced. It was unique and beautiful. The prose is also gorgeous. I could read those descriptions for hours. However, the author spent a bit too much time worldbuilding. I got pretty lost in that, where I would've rather seen more time spent on other things. I would've liked to see more of the characters, rather than learn about the history that brought all of them to that point. Especially the two main characters, who were very intriguing already. To build on their relationship even more would have been really meaningful. In all, this lovely book could have used a bit more to make me love the characters, though. The cliffhanger was great, too. It will make readers want to get their hands on the next one as soon as possible.