Pondathon II: A New Companion Quest! Tea Time and a Good Book with Judy Lin

It’s tea time, friend! True to A Magic Steeped in Poison which has a magical and mysterious art of tea making, Judy would love to see what everyone loves to drink while reading! That’s right, friends – get your cameras ready: take a photo (or simply share one if you don’t have a camera) of your favourite drink with your current read/your favourite book and share it with everyone. Let’s get that tea-magic brewing!

This quest is perfectly my cup of tea, as I love a good cuppa while reading. To complement my current read – The Doves in the Dining Room by Laura Laakso – I have brewed up a (single cup) pot of Exceptionally Ordinary by A Tale of Two Teas (currently on a tea-break, but hopefully they will return soon with more delicious literary blends!).

The Doves in the Dining Room by Laura Laakso, with a cup of Exceptionally Ordinary tea from A Tale of Two Teas.

While I savour my moment of peace, have a look at Judy Lin’s teen/YA fantasy debut…

Blurb: Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

“I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her―the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi―masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making―she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

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.

Find Judy on: Website Instagram | Twitter

Find A Magic Steeped in Poison on: Goodreads | Amazon | Indiebound | Bookshop

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