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A Tempest of Tea (Blood and Tea) (Hardcover)

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This book deserves a review better than I can put into words. A stunning tale of revenge, grief, and secrets, Hafsah Faizal doesn’t pull any punches. A Tempest of Tea tells the story of Arthie Casimir, a criminal mastermind who runs not just a tea room, but also a bloodhouse for vampires. When her livelihood is put on the line, she and her crew will partner with unexpected characters to pull off an impossible job. Everyone loves a good heist, but this story will draw you in with its lush world, imperfect cast of outcasts, and delicious romantic tension. Interweaving fantasy elements with the economic and systemic impact of colonialism, Faizal will have your emotions running high. This book left me bereft in the best way possible, kicking my feet and screaming into the void until the next book comes out. A must read for all in 2024. 


— From Kels's Picks


From the New York Times–bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame comes the first book in a hotly-anticipated fantasy duology teeming with romance and revenge, led by an orphan girl willing to do whatever it takes to save her self-made kingdom.

On the streets of White Roaring, Arthie Casimir is a criminal mastermind and collector of secrets. Her prestigious tearoom transforms into an illegal bloodhouse by night, catering to the vampires feared by society. But when her establishment is threatened, Arthie is forced to strike an unlikely deal with an alluring adversary to save it—she can’t do the job alone.

Calling on some of the city’s most skilled outcasts, Arthie hatches a plan to infiltrate the sinister, glittering vampire society known as the Athereum. But not everyone in her ragtag crew is on her side, and as the truth behind the heist unfolds, Arthie finds herself in the midst of a conspiracy that will threaten the world as she knows it. Dark, action-packed, and swoonworthy, this is Hafsah Faizal better than ever.

About the Author

Hafsah Faizal is the New York Times-bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame and We Free the Stars, and the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. A Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, she was born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in North Carolina with her husband and a library of books waiting to be devoured.

Praise For…

Kids’ Indie Next List

"The lush prose pulses with feeling as revelations are dropped and the tension ratchets up, keeping the pages turning...This compelling read offers interesting commentary on our society while feeling entirely real within the context of its own worldbuilding...Crowd-pleasing fun laced with political fire: a winner." —Kirkus, starred review

"In this captivating duology opener, Faizal crafts a steadfast love letter to the security of found family, the strength and struggles of immigrants thriving in the face of violent colonialism and white supremacy, and the wondrous experience of a good cup of tea. Faizal draws on well-known adventure tropes then delightfully subverts them via sumptuous writing, making for a sublime heist novel and revenge tale." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Slinky and witty and clever, with a lot of cosiness and a lot of claws."—Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A riveting page-turner, A Tempest of Tea is brewed to perfection: a deftly built world, a heist-fueled plot, a hint of romance, and a cast of endearing characters. Hafsah Faizal’s latest novel crackles with adrenaline and charm.” —Rebecca Ross, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divine Rivals

"All the thrills of an Ocean's 11-style heist, made even more fun with magic weapons, steamy kisses, and… vampires?! A rollicking banquet of a book!" —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A wicked blend of secrets, heists, and vampires, with simmering notes of romance and a smoky foundation of revenge—A Tempest of Tea is a story that isn’t afraid to show its fangs." —Margaret Owen, New York Times Bestselling author of the Little Thieves trilogy

"A Tempest of Tea is a masterpiece, filled with phenomenal prose, impeccable world building, and a mesmerizing found-family cast embarking on the heist of their lives! Hafsah Faizal has written the kind of book you can’t stop thinking about—and you won’t be able to wait for the sequel!" —Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

"...the true strengths of this series opener are its nimble critique of colonialism and its layered, mercurial characters. And then there's that cliff-hanger: hold on for book two." —Booklist

"...Peaky Blinders meets Arthurian legend. Shuffling between three points of view, the story balances mysterious intrigue and budding romances quite well... Add in the spine-gripping revelations at the end, and readers will be scrambling for more." —School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374389406
ISBN-10: 0374389403
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: February 20th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Blood and Tea