The Tainted Cup Review

The Tainted Cup Review

Title: The Tainted Cup
Series: Shadow of the Leviathan #1
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Publish Date: February 6, 2024 by Del Rey

The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett is a murder mystery set in the fantasy realm of the empire. It is the first book in the Shadow of the Leviathan Series.

In an opulent mansion, a high Imperial officer lies dead—killed, to all appearances, when a tree spontaneously erupts from his body. Even in this canton at the borders of the Empire, where contagions abound and the blood of giant, ancient sea monsters give way to strange magical changes, it’s a death at once terrifying and impossible.

I mean… the Empire spends endless amounts of blood and treasure defending a whole continent from sea beasts the size of small mountains. But it can’t save a canton from one damned plant?

Read The Tainted Cup if you enjoy:

✔ A Sherlock and Holmes-style detective team (with a Female lead)
✔ High fantasy with references to Greek Mythology
✔ Orphan Black vibes (highly altered people with unique powers and abilities)
✔ A satisfying conclusion (no frustrating cliffhangers here!)
✔ A diverse and inclusive cast of characters

My Review:

Overall, I loved The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett.  As with all fantasy series, you’ll spend the first few chapters trying to acclimate yourself and learn the language, but once you’ve met the cast of characters this novel will have you hooked.  I was certain I had everything figured out, only to find I was totally off-base, this mystery kept me guessing without becoming too convoluted to follow the plot.  I came to love the crude but undeniable genius investigator Ana, and her earnest assistant Din, and I’m eagerly awaiting their next adventure. 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  I truly enjoyed this novel! I can’t wait to read more books in Shadow of the Leviathan. 


Thank you to Netgalley and Del Ray for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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