Waiting on Wednesday: Shadowscent



The Darkest Bloom

Written by P.M. Freestone

448 pages

Published by Scholastic

Publication date: 7th February 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power.

When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, long suppressed rivalries threaten to blow the empire apart. It’s up to a poor village girl with a talent for fragrances and the prince’s loyal bodyguard to find an antidote.

To succeed, the pair must uncover secrets – cryptic, ancient tales as well as buried truths from their own pasts – in an adventure that will ignite your senses.

Why I can’t wait to read this:

  • Everything, everything about this description grabs me instantly!
  • I have a soft spot for fantasy books – they will always be my favourites – so want to read this!
  • I love the idea of scents and smells having power. Scents have such a strong effect on us, bringing back old memories or evoking a certain time, place or person in our lives. It will be interesting to see how this is approached in this book.
  • I love that the main characters aren’t royalty, but, respectively, the people who serve them and those that would never even be noticed by them. As members of the royal family or royal court often have such power over those beneath them, I am looking forward to seeing how things unfold when the power dynamic changes.
  • Cryptic, ancient tales‘ – ooh, this phrase alone would make me want to read this! What secrets have been hidden and will now be uncovered?
  • This is the first book in a duology or series, based on the fact that Goodreads is showing a second book – this means that we will have time to get to know the characters and the world which I want to do!

What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!

See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, StarfishThe Gloaming, The Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Nyxia UnleashedBright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Empress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and Gold, Storm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves, Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the Crane. Dragon Pearl, Last of Her Name. The Familars. A Pinch of Magic, A Witch Come True, The Winter of the Witch. Once Upon a River, A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of The Hazel Wood, Tangleweed and Brine, Sanctuary, The Pretender or The Gilded King?

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