What would you do if you were given the choice between definite death by hanging, or possible death as the official food taster for a not so popular leader? Yelena opts for the second option, which means she must smell, taste and even experience the symptoms of certain poisons on herself, so all poisons can be identified before they reach the lips of the Commander. In addition to facing death with every meal, she is denied the possibility of escape – she’s been given a poison for which the only antidote is a potion she must take every day – or die. Her poisoner – and her teacher – is Valek, the Commander’s assassin and a cool cat who seems to have covered all the angles – but finds himself surprised by Yelena anyway. She’ll surprise you, too! This book has magic, intrigue, a strong female character who can kick butt when she needs to, and romance to boot. What more could you need?
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