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Ning's sister has been poisoned, and in order to save her she heads to the imperial city in the hopes that she'll be able to win the tea-making competition there. However, when she gets to the palace, she learns that very few people inside its walls can be trusted, and no one wants her to stay in the competition.

Who thought a book about a tea-making competition could be so exciting? But holy cow was this book a ride! It delivered way more than I expected. I really thought that Ning was a great character, strong and smart. I love seeing Asian rep like this. The story itself was cool and so interesting. My favorite part was the piya part of the competition. I won't say anymore than that so I don't spoil anything for you. Be forewarned that this book ends with a major cliffhanger, and I'm so lucky that I was approved for both books 1 & 2. Otherwise, I'd be pulling my hair out right now.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC. I definitely recommend A Magic Steeped in Poison!