The Redwood Palace by M.K. Hutchins
English | 2019 | Fantasy | ePUB | 4.6 Mb
The Redwood Palace : Seventeen-year-old Plum is a young chef with high prospects — until she gives up her career to cover for her runaway sister. Lying for family leaves her tangled up in intrigue, and accused of poisoning the king’s sister.
To clear her name, Plum has to figure out who’s really behind the attack. Her best hope is to make an alliance with the Hungry Ghost who haunts the palace kitchens. He’ll spy for her, if she whips him up an exorcism.
But researching exorcism recipes and delving into the identity of the true poisoner unearths darker plots. If Plum wants to save herself, her family, and her nation, she’s going to have to cook the dish.
“I’m so glad you came.” Sandpiper was ancient—older than my nana had been. She gave a shaky bow, then nearly toppled over as she tried to sit on her own rush mat. Father dashed forward and caught her.
He gave me a look, and without further prompting, I opened all the shutters, letting in some light and spring air.
“Your children need to take better care of you than this,” Father said.
Her wrinkled, sagging face was as proud as any queen’s. “I thought you’d come to treat my burn, not meddle in my affairs.”
She stuck her arm out. She’d clumsily wrapped it in a dirty dishtowel. Poor woman. Father was right—she needed more help from her children.
He gently unwrapped the towel, revealing a raw, red wound the size of my fist. Bad, but it could have been worse. Much worse.
“Plum, get the crock heating with some water while I clean this.” He pulled out a flask of diluted vinegar from his satchel.
“Can’t you just bandage it?” Sandpiper eyed the canteen suspiciously. “I’m not so young I’ll believe you when you say it won’t hurt a bit.”