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The Tainted Cup

By Robert Jackson Bennett
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A Holmes and Watson–style detective duo take the stage in this fantasy with a mystery twist, from the Edgar-winning, multiple Hugo-nominated Robert Jackson Bennett

“Great fantasy detective stories are too rare, but Bennett—[a] rising star of fantasy—more than delivers.”—Charlie Jane Anders, The Washington Post


In Daretana’s greatest mansion, a high imperial officer lies dead—killed, to all appearances, when a tree erupted from his body. Even here at the Empire’s borders, where contagions abound and the blood of the leviathans works strange magical changes, it’s a death both terrifying and impossible.

Assigned to investigate is Ana Dolabra, a detective whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricities. Rumor has it that she wears a blindfold at all times, and that she can solve impossible cases without even stepping outside the walls of her home.

At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol, magically altered in ways that make him the perfect aide to Ana’s brilliance. Din is at turns scandalized, perplexed, and utterly infuriated by his new superior—but as the case unfolds and he watches Ana’s mind leap from one startling deduction to the next, he must admit that she is, indeed, the Empire’s greatest detective.

As the two close in on a mastermind and uncover a scheme that threatens the Empire itself, Din realizes he’s barely begun to assemble the puzzle that is Ana Dolabra—and wonders how long he’ll be able to keep his own secrets safe from her piercing intellect.

By an “endlessly inventive” (Vulture) author with a “wicked sense of humor” (NPR), The Tainted Cup mixes the charms of detective fiction with brilliant world-building to deliver a fiendishly clever mystery that’s at once instantly recognizable and thrillingly new.

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Believable charactersDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readFunny writingAddictiveTwistyImmersive settingThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I think my absolute favorite part of this book was seeing the unique ways that Din and Ana coped with their situations. I loved the mystery aspect, the fantasy aspects, the banter, the character growth…all of that. But I really loved that these two people who are viewed as weird and quirky managed to work together while still having to manage their “sensitivities”. I am hoping that we get to see more of this duo in the future!”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulTwistyMagical setting
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Beautifully writtenSuspensefulMagical settingDark
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“What an great reinvention of the Sherlock Homes and Watson series. I loved these new interpretations of these characters as something new along with this new fantastical setting with gigantic titans and monsters, magical abilities, I'm hooked.”
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingFast-pacedImmersive settingThought-provokingViolence

About Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett is the author of the Founders Trilogy and the Divine Cities Trilogy, which were both Hugo Award finalists in the Best Series category. The first book in the Divine Cities Trilogy, City of Stairs, was also a finalist for the World Fantasy and Locus awards, and the second, City of Blades, was a finalist for the World Fantasy, Locus, and British Fantasy awards. His previous novels, which include American Elsewhere and The Company Man, have received the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Philip K. Dick Citation of Excellence. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.

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