The Tainted Cup is a riveting mystery that twists you into a conspiracy of murder that is set in a terrorized fantasy world. The novel showcases how a junior investigator sees a murder conspiracy through his eyes and starts solving the mystery through his logical investigating style.
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The Tainted Cup Synopsis:
In Daretana’s most opulent mansion, a high Imperial officer lies dead—killed, to all appearances, when a tree spontaneously erupted from his body. Even in this canton at the borders of the Empire, where contagions abound and the blood of the Leviathans works strange magical changes, it’s a death at once terrifying and impossible.
Called in to investigate this mystery is Ana Dolabra, an investigator whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricities.
At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol. Din is an engraver, magically altered to possess a perfect memory. His job is to observe and report, and act as his superior’s eyes and ears–quite literally, in this case, as among Ana’s quirks are her insistence on wearing a blindfold at all times, and her refusal to step outside the walls of her home.
Din is most perplexed by Ana’s ravenous appetite for information and her mind’s frenzied leaps—not to mention her cheerful disregard for propriety and the apparent joy she takes in scandalizing her young counterpart. Yet as the case unfolds and Ana makes one startling deduction after the next, he finds it hard to deny that she is, indeed, the Empire’s greatest detective.
As the two close in on a mastermind and uncover a scheme that threatens the safety of the Empire itself, Din realizes he’s barely begun to assemble the puzzle that is Ana Dolabra—and wonders how long he’ll be able to keep his own secrets safe from her piercing intellect.
Featuring an unforgettable Holmes-and-Watson style pairing, a gloriously labyrinthine plot, and a haunting and wholly original fantasy world, The Tainted Cup brilliantly reinvents the classic mystery tale.
The Tainted Cup Summary and Review:
Enter the whimsical world of “The Tainted Cup,” where Ana Dolabra, an extraordinary detective known for brilliance and eccentricities, teams up with her dedicated assistant, Dinios Kol. In the luxurious confines of Daretana’s grand mansion, an Imperial officer meets an unimaginable demise—his life taken by a tree that mysteriously bursts from his body. In this border canton teeming with peculiarities, Ana, always clad in a blindfold and confined to her home, relies on Din’s unique abilities as an engraver with a flawless memory. Tasked with observing and relaying information, Din becomes Ana’s eyes and ears. Together, they blend Din’s keen observation skills and perfect memory with Ana’s sharp deductions to unravel a tapestry of magic, deception, and murder threatening the safety of the Empire.
No doubt that “The Tainted Cup” belongs to the high fantasy genre but if you ask us is it worth reading then we recommend this strongly for those readers who love to read a lot of murder mysteries than a fantasy novel. If you are keen to love both the genre then this will be the perfect fit for your taste. Our Rating 4.5/5.
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