The Darkest Bloom

The Darkest Bloom

In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, long suppressed rivalries threaten to blow the empire apart. It?s up to a poor village girl with a talent for fragrances and the prince?s loyal bodyguard to find an antidote. To succeed, the pair must uncover secrets ? cryptic, ancient tales as well as buried truths from the In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, lo...

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Title:The Darkest Bloom
Author:P.M. Freestone
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Genres:Fantasy
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The Darkest Bloom Reviews

  • Jasmine
    Sep 06, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

  • A.M.
    Jan 24, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

  • Dreximgirl
    Feb 26, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

  • Moon
    Feb 04, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    This one was hard to review. I really enjoyed the Rakel chapters, but for most of the story just didn't care about Ash chapters, and I found Barden more interesting that Ash. Which I don't think is what is meant to happen. On the scent side I loved the scent hints, and just wish there...

  • Paige
    Dec 22, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

  • Stephen
    Sep 08, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    This one was hard to review. I really enjoyed the Rakel chapters, but for most of the story just didn't care about Ash chapters, and I found Barden more interesting that Ash. Which I don't think is what is meant to happen. On the scent side I loved the scent hints, and just wish there...

    I love unique magic systems, and one based on scent is something I haven't seen before. It did take me a while to get into the story and connect with the characters, at the start I really wasn't feeling Ash's chapters. But I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I initially thought, a...

    Right up my alley. ...

    DNF just wouldn't get into this and tried for half the book! I'm sure it would be great for others but it just wasn't for me I was sent a review copy by Scholastic ...

    Cultural appropriation is awesome ...

  • Martina Urbanová
    Mar 31, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

  • Annette
    Mar 16, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

  • Sarah Broadley
    Jan 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

  • Sarah
    Apr 10, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    This one was hard to review. I really enjoyed the Rakel chapters, but for most of the story just didn't care about Ash chapters, and I found Barden more interesting that Ash. Which I don't think is what is meant to happen. On the scent side I loved the scent hints, and just wish there...

    I love unique magic systems, and one based on scent is something I haven't seen before. It did take me a while to get into the story and connect with the characters, at the start I really wasn't feeling Ash's chapters. But I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I initially thought, a...

    Right up my alley. ...

  • Lulai
    Apr 08, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

  • Marta
    Mar 30, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

  • Alisha Tarran
    Feb 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

  • Samantha Shannon
    Dec 20, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

  • Nicola
    Mar 10, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    This one was hard to review. I really enjoyed the Rakel chapters, but for most of the story just didn't care about Ash chapters, and I found Barden more interesting that Ash. Which I don't think is what is meant to happen. On the scent side I loved the scent hints, and just wish there...

    I love unique magic systems, and one based on scent is something I haven't seen before. It did take me a while to get into the story and connect with the characters, at the start I really wasn't feeling Ash's chapters. But I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I initially thought, a...

  • Warda
    Jan 22, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

  • Nicole Sweeney
    Feb 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

  • Sophie
    Nov 29, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

  • Barbara Henderson
    Mar 01, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

  • Samantha Mayoh
    Mar 28, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

  • Nikki
    Mar 16, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

  • Stephanie
    Feb 09, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

  • Amy Milligan
    Mar 09, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

  • Divine Anas
    Dec 26, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

  • Maria Mihaela
    Feb 23, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

  • Lauren
    Feb 05, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

  • Georgia
    Feb 20, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    This one was hard to review. I really enjoyed the Rakel chapters, but for most of the story just didn't care about Ash chapters, and I found Barden more interesting that Ash. Which I don't think is what is meant to happen. On the scent side I loved the scent hints, and just wish there...

    I love unique magic systems, and one based on scent is something I haven't seen before. It did take me a while to get into the story and connect with the characters, at the start I really wasn't feeling Ash's chapters. But I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I initially thought, a...

    Right up my alley. ...

    DNF just wouldn't get into this and tried for half the book! I'm sure it would be great for others but it just wasn't for me I was sent a review copy by Scholastic ...

  • Chloe Trotter
    Mar 11, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

  • Bridget Sackfield
    Mar 21, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

  • Zoe
    Mar 30, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    Review to come soon. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    This one was hard to review. I really enjoyed the Rakel chapters, but for most of the story just didn't care about Ash chapters, and I found Barden more interesting that Ash. Which I don't think is what is meant to happen. On the scent side I loved the scent hints, and just wish there...

    I love unique magic systems, and one based on scent is something I haven't seen before. It did take me a while to get into the story and connect with the characters, at the start I really wasn't feeling Ash's chapters. But I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I initially thought, a...

    Right up my alley. ...

    DNF just wouldn't get into this and tried for half the book! I'm sure it would be great for others but it just wasn't for me I was sent a review copy by Scholastic ...

    Cultural appropriation is awesome ...

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