A Bitter Drink by Azalea Forrest

Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Nonbinary Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: LGBTQ+ Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Bisexual Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Side Character MVP
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Morally Gray Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Setting
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Shadiest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Book Cover & Cover Artist

As the center of trade for the four major races, Bisia is the perfect city for a Dahlseid—a young race of plant folk—like Rowan to experience whatever his heart desires, and his position as ambassador for the Dahlsia makes affording those desires easy. But when he overhears a plot of treason against his people, all of that could end. But will it? My people can take care of themselves, Rowan thinks. The humans will give up once they realize the Dahlsia have nothing of value. Because all humans want is gold, right? They’ll be just fine. Full of magic and misadventure, A Bitter Drink tangles Rowan in the vines as he's forced to team up with a pacifist human vagabond, a deadly serious elven spy, and a cheerful dwarf with a strangely calming presence. Together, they're determined to put a stop to the twisting heinous plot that threatens to destroy everything they love. But Rowan’s heart isn’t in it: he’s a coward and he knows it. Joining them would mean risking his life, and to challenge one’s true colors is a bitter drink indeed.

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Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Unrelated to the story

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