THE HOLLOW BETTLE: The Poisons of Caux, Book 1

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A clever premise drowns in ostentatious prose. Any casual meal is potentially fatal in Caux, where "[t]he rule of the land was poison or be poisoned." After Ivy's uncle disappears, the taster supposedly protecting her poisons a roomful of guards. The guards' taster flees from punishment (tongue removal!) and becomes Ivy's travel companion. At the plot's heart is the hackneyed "Prophecy of the ... Read full review

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