Unique magic system and the food and tea descriptions

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This was a very magical and artfully descriptive read where Ning who is gifted in the art of tea-making, different combinations of leaves gives different magical results, comes from a small village to compete in a competition. She is already at a disadvantage to the other wealthy connected competitors in this competition to find the kingdom's greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making.
But is this competition a cover for something bigger happening within the court. Is there a power shift or power play about to happen? Ning is trying to find who is poisoning the tea bricks randomly and her mother was one such victim. But her mother also has a past in this palace.
There was a lot of intrigue, betrayal, a little romance, lots of magic and tea making. The magic system in this book was very unique and I can't wait to see where the 2nd book takes us cause it was a cliffhanger in a way but it stopped at a satisfying spot but we have a lot of work to do or they do. Lol I got invested.

Loved the Chinese and Taiwanese culture and royalty in the story. This cover is amazing and the 2nd book that is releasing later this year has a just as eye catching cover.

Recommend if you are looking for a
🍵strong female lead and cast
🍵atmospheric settings
🍵 unique magic system and the food and tea descriptions 🤌

Thank you Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Feiwel & Friends and Net Galley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.