Dinios Kol is a quirky apprentice to Ana Dolabra, both are assigned to investigate the suspicious death of a high imperial officer. If you think you might enjoy a combination of fantasy and murder mystery, give this one a try.

While I liked the overall concept and underlying themes, I found this novel to be partially bland and it dragged a bit. I have seen many glowing reviews of this book, so I keep wondering if I somehow missed details along the way.  In my opinion, the story was quite promising, but something crucial was lost in the translation . . . a delivery of facts, somewhat lacking in excitement or tension.

I’d like to thank NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Tainted Cup for my unbiased evaluation.  3 stars

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