The only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that Ning caused it. As it turns out, it was Ning who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her sister, Shu, as well. Ning travels to the imperial city to compete in a competition to find the kingdom's greatest shennong-shi, masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making. Ning may have just one chance to save her sister's life if she wins the favor of the princess. In reality, Ning might actually be the one in more danger between a few backstabbing competitors and bloody court politics.
There is no doubt that the cover of this novel is stunning. My attention was immediately drawn to it as soon as I saw it. It's so beautiful that it's positioned face forward on my cover so everyone can see it for themselves. In Judy I. Lin's fantasy novel, the stakes are just as high as they are in other YA fantasy novels, but she writes with a softer style. As a result, the pacing was a little slower. Regardless, I am looking forward to the next installment. The future holds a lot of promise for this author's works and I look forward to seeing them.