Victorian London meets vampires with a twist in A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal.

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A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

Blood & Tea #1
February 20, 2024

Read this if you want:

  • Heist/caper
  • Found family
  • Vampire twist

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Arthie Casimir isn’t just any tea shop owner; by night, her place serves as a haven for vampires, a concept that’s as intriguing as it sounds. Though I wished this part of the story had more spotlight, the real action kicks off when Arthie’s forced to pull off a heist to save her shop.

Joining forces with a crew of city outcasts, the story takes on a Six of Crows vibe but stands out for how it incorporates themes like immigration and colonialism, all through a cast that brings color and fresh perspectives to the vampire genre.

While the book layers on politics and societal issues which might overshadow lighter moments, the slow-burn drama and subtle romance keep you hooked. It’s a thoughtful read with a slower pace.

Perfect for fans of gritty fantasies and vampire lore looking for something out of the ordinary, and readers who love stories where misfits try to outsmart society. Just a heads up—it’s a rich world. If you’re new to fantasy with deep themes, you might want to warm up with something lighter first.

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