Welcome to my MTMC Tours stop for A Blossom At Midnight by A.L. Knorr!
Welcome to the continent of Ivryndi, where flora and fauna magic reign, and an unseelie prince with a mysterious power threatens it all. A Blossom at Midnight is the first book in the The Scented Court fantasy series & it’s available now in digital/paperback + soon in a stunning hardcover edition with a special design under the dust jacket (release date TBA).
Lush and ethereal with both cosy and elegant aesthetics, this is truly a beautiful fantasy world to fall into. It’s an almost slice-of-life fantasy (with added fae court political intrigue) and I really loved the whimsy of it, the gardening and dreamy floral fae, the foodie descriptions and the family secrets. It also takes its time with the world building instead of jumping into any action, so if you want a book that gives cottagecore/floral vibes, this will definitely satisfy that craving. Also fae making things grow and flowers bursting from empty soil and rich gardens in full bloom — absolutely my thing. 😌👌🏻
The story starts off by introducing us to Jess who lives alone with her oftentimes surly mother who has many secrets and is very protective and strict with Jess, while Jess is here yearning for more. She wants to know if she’s fae, if she has powers, why she has too familiars, if she has a chance to be one of the gorgeous floral fae Calyx who serve in the courts. Her village is so lovely (kind of gave me Hobbiton blended with Lothlórien vibes) and when we get to the fae courts, more of the plot begins. Two more narrators also join the story: Laec and Cifta. And the world expands massively as we learn about the different kingdoms and a suspicious death and the fact maybe there is a darker thread unravelling in this ethereal world. I was also really keen to know about Jess’s family’s secrets…and hoping there’s more on that in the sequel too.
An elegant and ethereal fantasy set in a sprawling world of fae and magical gardens and court politics and winsome magic.
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Title: A Blossom At Midnight (The Scented Court #1)
Author: A.L. Knorr
Publication Date: January 2022
Genres: Young Adult, Epic Fantasy
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One earns a coveted place among royalty. Another is imprisoned by her betrothed, while the third is exiled until he can prove his worth. Can these three fae prevent a war?
Dreaming of escaping her simple country life and tired of keeping her winged familiars a secret, half-fae Jessica finds herself swept into a breathtaking world of an elite retinue of fae performers known as the Calyx. As she learns to master her abilities, Jess is expected to entertain at glittering balls in the richest kingdom in Ivryndi, alongside far more experienced and beautiful flora fae. She is sworn to secrecy as she discovers the source of their wealth–the perfumes that royals travel from far-flung and exotic kingdoms to possess. As her exciting new life—and magic—blossoms, Jess learns that her mother has been keeping a secret of her own, one that changes everything.
Rejection has left fae courtier Laec wallowing in wine and disdainful of what he sees in the mirror. When Queen Elphame offers him a foreign commission, he jumps at the chance for a fresh start, but when he meets a beautiful and mysterious stranger on the road, he soon learns that healing his heart may inflame the very trouble his queen sent him to prevent.
Beautiful and eligible Çifta believes in the importance of duty. Wishing to please her father, she agrees to marry a powerful unseelie prince. But when she discovers his cold heart and attempts to break the engagement, she suddenly finds herself in chains. Alone and trapped in a damp fortress, she cannot see a way out.
When a visit to another realm sparks a dark turn of events, it sets these three fae on a collision course. Will they wilt under pressure or become a thorny threat to evil?
USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Knorr is an award-winning Canadian fantasy writer. Readers love her vivid characters and mesmerizing stories of elemental transformation, adventure, friendship, and love. The bestselling Elemental Origins Series can be read out of order, but if you want to read in the order they were written, they are listed below chronologically.
Dive into the new YA noblebright fantasy series; The Scented Court. If you love earth magic, insect and animal characters, slow-burn romance, and fables steeped in the beauty of nature, you’ll love A Blossom at Midnight.
Known for strong female protagonists, realistic magic, adventure and intrigue, sweet romance, and well-crafted plots that keep you turning pages late into the night, A.L. Knorr is a masterful storyteller.
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