A Venom Dark and Sweet by Judy I. Lin

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: A Venom Dark and Sweet

Author: Judy I. Lin

Book Series: The Book of Tea book 2

Rating: 3.5/5

Diversity: Chinese MC and characters

Recommended For…: young adult readers, Chinese mythology, fantasy

Publication Date: August 23, 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Relevance: 14+ (death, murder, violence, gore)

Explanation of Above: There is death and murder shown in the book. There is violence due to poisonings and weapons. There is vomit and blood gore shown and mentioned in the book.

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Pages: 352

Synopsis: A great evil has come to the kingdom of Dàxi. The Banished Prince has returned to seize power, his rise to the dragon throne aided by the mass poisonings that have kept the people bound in fear and distrust.

Ning, a young but powerful shénnóng-shi—a wielder of magic using the ancient and delicate art of tea-making—has escorted Princess Zhen into exile. Joining them is the princess’ loyal bodyguard, Ruyi, and Ning’s newly healed sister, Shu. Together the four young women travel throughout the kingdom in search of allies to help oust the invaders and take back Zhen’s rightful throne.

But the golden serpent still haunts Ning’s nightmares with visions of war and bloodshed. An evil far more ancient than the petty conflicts of men has awoken, and all the magic in the land may not be enough to stop it from consuming the world…

Chinese mythology Little confusing in beginning Picks up immediately after last book Multi POV I’ve lost the plot it gone I don’t understand the necessity for this other POV I think this book would be better if you read it back to back with the first one but alone it is a confusing mess Quick paced

Review: This was a decent sequel to the first book. I loved the Chinese mythology used in the book and the book picks up immediately after the ending of the first one. The book is multi-POV and had great character development and world building. I also loved the ending and thought it did well to sum up the novels.

However, I was confused throughout the book because it had been awhile since I had read the first book, so this is definitely one you need to read the first book again to understand what’s happening in this book. I also lost the plot a couple of times in this book and I didn’t understand the necessity for the other POV outside of Ning’s. I think the book is decent, but it’s also a fast paced read that you need to enjoy with the first book to get the full experience out of it.

Verdict: It’s ok!

Book Info:

A Venom Dark and Sweet (The Book of Tea #2) by Judy I. Lin

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: August 23, 2022

Synopsis:

The enthralling conclusion to Judy I. Lin’s Book of Tea duology—A Magic Steeped in Poison and A Venom Dark and Sweet—is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

A great evil has come to the kingdom of Dàxi. The Banished Prince has returned to seize power, his rise to the dragon throne aided by the mass poisonings that have kept the people bound in fear and distrust.

Ning, a young but powerful shénnóng-shi—a wielder of magic using the ancient and delicate art of tea-making—has escorted Princess Zhen into exile. Joining them is the princess’ loyal bodyguard, Ruyi, and Ning’s newly healed sister, Shu. Together the four young women travel throughout the kingdom in search of allies to help oust the invaders and take back Zhen’s rightful throne.

But the golden serpent still haunts Ning’s nightmares with visions of war and bloodshed. An evil far more ancient than the petty conflicts of men has awoken, and all the magic in the land may not be enough to stop it from consuming the world…

Content Warning: violence, fight scenes, witnessed torture, death, disturbing events (mutilation, body horror, forced suicide, possession, and fire).

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48506393-a-venom-dark-and-sweet

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Venom-Dark-Sweet-Judy-Lin/dp/1250767105/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-venom-dark-and-sweet-judy-i-lin/1139790461

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Venom-Dark-Sweet-Judy-I-Lin/9781250767103

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/venom-dark-and-sweet/9781250767103-item.html

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250767103

About the Author:

Judy I. Lin 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 daughter. A Magic Steeped in Poison is her debut novel.

Author Links:

Website: https://judyilin.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/judyilin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judyilinauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19661255.Judy_I_Lin

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