Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Author: P.M. Freestone
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Across the Aramtesh Empire, scent is everything. Prayers only reach heaven on sacred incense, and perfumes are prized status symbols. 17-year-old Rakel has an uncanny ability with fragrances, but her skills aren’t enough to buy her dying father more time.
Ash bears the tattoos of an imperial bodyguard. When his prince, Nisai, insists on a diplomatic mission to an outer province, Ash is duty-bound to join the caravan. It’s a nightmare protecting Nisai on the road. But it’s even harder for Ash to conceal a secret that could see him exiled or executed.
Rakel and Ash have nothing in common until smoke draws them to a field of the Empire’s rarest flower. Nisai’s been poisoned, flames devour the priceless blooms, and the pair have “suspect” clinging to them like a bad stench. Their futures depend on them working together to decipher clues, defy dangers and defeat their own demons in a race to source an antidote . . . before the imperial army hunts them down.
Why am I excited?
This is such an incredibly unique concept to me! A world where scents are revered?! Sign me up! I’m also here for all the potential romance (I see you Rakel and Ash) and the suspense of it all. This will inevitable have some fantastic descriptions (hello scents) and I can’t wait to read it! I’m also completely torn between this cover and the UK cover because both are GORGEOUS.