Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the will to answer some very simple questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.
I’ll try to get this up sooner in the following weeks, darlings. Right now I’m just trying to survive the last of my midterms and distracting myself with fantasy books.
The tea: I was going to make some of this fancy blood orange tea I got in my Stash order earlier this month, but it seemed a bit morbid considering my current read is (well, was; I finished it a few hours ago) Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. And I’m not that gruesome! So instead I’m just sticking with some iced tea I found in the fridge earlier. It’s a mix of English Breakfast and Earl Grey, and it’s delicious with dinner-type food.
The book: Technically I already finished reading this, as I said earlier, but since I was still in the process of reading it when I started drinking my tea, I decided to count it. Here’s a summary:
Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him sectetly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
I enjoyed reading it, though the overall tone is rather melancholy and the ending was decidedly down beat. Further thoughts will be in my review, though at the rate I’m writing them now it probably won’t be up until, oh, July. (I’m really behind and am full of shame.)
Do they go together? Not really. The iced tea is cool and refreshing and the caffeine makes me perk up, while the book is dark and made me a bit depressed. Maybe next week’s book/tea will be a better match!
What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?