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Shadowscent

By: P. M. Freestone

Across the Aramtesh Empire, scent is everything. Prayers only reach heaven on sacred incense, and perfumes are prized status symbols. 17-year-old Rakel has an uncanny ability with fragrances, but her skills aren't enough to buy her dying father more time.

Ash bears the tattoos of an imperial bodyguard. When his prince, Nisai, insists on a diplomatic mission to an outer province, Ash is duty-bound to join the caravan. It's a nightmare protecting Nisai on the road. But it's even harder for Ash to conceal a secret that could see him exiled or executed.

Rakel and Ash have nothing in common until smoke draws them to a field of the Empire's rarest flower. Nisai's been poisoned, flames devour the priceless blooms, and the pair have "suspect" clinging to them like a bad stench. Their futures depend on them working together to decipher clues, defy dangers and defeat their own demons in a race to source an antidote…before the imperial army hunts them down.

ISBN: 9781338335446

JLG Release: Mar 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: Perfumes , Odors , Princes , Bodyguards , Poisons and poisoning , Interpersonal relations , Friendship , Magic , Adventure and adventurers

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Rakel, a poor but talented villager with a gift for distilling scents and fragrances, yearns to cure her father of “the rot” as well as to be chosen as a perfumer. Ash serves as the First Prince’s Shield, friend, and confidant. When Rakel’s attempt to pass the test for a place in the class of future perfumers results in failure, her arrest, Rakel, a poor but talented villager with a gift for distilling scents and fragrances, yearns to cure her father of “the rot” as well as to be chosen as a perfumer. Ash serves as the First Prince’s Shield, friend, and confidant. When Rakel’s attempt to pass the test for a place in the class of future perfumers results in failure, her arrest, and a meeting with the most powerful scent keeper in the kingdom, she becomes embroiled in a plot to kill the First Prince Nisai and is accused of poisoning him. Ash tries to protect her and thus also is accused of participating in the plot to poison his friend. The two embark on a seemingly fruitless journey through the provinces of the kingdom to find the Library of the Lost and a legendary secret formula that could save Nisai, encountering danger after danger in their quest to locate each ingredient. This first book in a series ties up this episode of the overall plot nicely. The world-building is rather slow but the main characters have strong development and synergy that enhances the plot as they must learn to trust each other in their quest. The gradual reveal of secrets keeps the action tense. The combination of fantasy, adventure, and a bit of romance makes this an appealing read.

Book Details

ISBN

9781338335446

First Release

March 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 17;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 25;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

Perfumes, Odors, Princes, Bodyguards, Poisons and poisoning, Interpersonal relations, Friendship, Magic, Adventure and adventurers,

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