The Darkest Bloom

The Darkest Bloom

In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, long suppressed rivalries threaten to blow the empire apart. It?s up to a poor village girl with a talent for fragrances and the prince?s loyal bodyguard to find an antidote. To succeed, the pair must uncover secrets ? cryptic, ancient tales as well as buried truths from the In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, lo...

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Title:The Darkest Bloom
Author:P.M. Freestone
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The Darkest Bloom Reviews

  • Jasmine
    Sep 06, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

  • A.M.
    Jan 24, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

  • Dreximgirl
    Feb 26, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

  • Moon
    Feb 04, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    Overall, I would say that The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone was average. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read and a really interesting new concept - using your nose as the most favoured of all senses! An incredibly innovative idea, which included appropriate punishments for crimes,...

    Varies from okay to disappointing. The descriptions of the scents and the perfumes are very good, especially at the start of the book. The perfume making scenes are interesting. Unfortunately, these scenes are only really at the start of the book. Honestly, this book needs more ...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    An amazing debut novel. In a world where smell is quite literally the most important sense of all, the witty and wonderful Rakel (who is supremely gifted in the nose department) is trying to use her powerful talent with fragrance to make a living for herself and her very unwell father...

    This one was hard to review. I really enjoyed the Rakel chapters, but for most of the story just didn't care about Ash chapters, and I found Barden more interesting that Ash. Which I don't think is what is meant to happen. On the scent side I loved the scent hints, and just wish there...

  • Paige
    Dec 22, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

  • Martina Urbanová
    Mar 31, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    Overall, I would say that The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone was average. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read and a really interesting new concept - using your nose as the most favoured of all senses! An incredibly innovative idea, which included appropriate punishments for crimes,...

    Varies from okay to disappointing. The descriptions of the scents and the perfumes are very good, especially at the start of the book. The perfume making scenes are interesting. Unfortunately, these scenes are only really at the start of the book. Honestly, this book needs more ...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

  • Kirsty
    Apr 23, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    Overall, I would say that The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone was average. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read and a really interesting new concept - using your nose as the most favoured of all senses! An incredibly innovative idea, which included appropriate punishments for crimes,...

    Varies from okay to disappointing. The descriptions of the scents and the perfumes are very good, especially at the start of the book. The perfume making scenes are interesting. Unfortunately, these scenes are only really at the start of the book. Honestly, this book needs more ...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    An amazing debut novel. In a world where smell is quite literally the most important sense of all, the witty and wonderful Rakel (who is supremely gifted in the nose department) is trying to use her powerful talent with fragrance to make a living for herself and her very unwell father...

  • Annette
    Mar 16, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    Overall, I would say that The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone was average. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read and a really interesting new concept - using your nose as the most favoured of all senses! An incredibly innovative idea, which included appropriate punishments for crimes,...

    Varies from okay to disappointing. The descriptions of the scents and the perfumes are very good, especially at the start of the book. The perfume making scenes are interesting. Unfortunately, these scenes are only really at the start of the book. Honestly, this book needs more ...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

  • Sarah Broadley
    Jan 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

  • Lulai
    Apr 08, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

  • Marta
    Mar 30, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

  • Alisha Tarran
    Feb 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

  • Samantha Shannon
    Dec 20, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

  • Lunawerewolfy
    Apr 20, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    Overall, I would say that The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone was average. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read and a really interesting new concept - using your nose as the most favoured of all senses! An incredibly innovative idea, which included appropriate punishments for crimes,...

    Varies from okay to disappointing. The descriptions of the scents and the perfumes are very good, especially at the start of the book. The perfume making scenes are interesting. Unfortunately, these scenes are only really at the start of the book. Honestly, this book needs more ...

  • Nicola
    Mar 10, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    Overall, I would say that The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone was average. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read and a really interesting new concept - using your nose as the most favoured of all senses! An incredibly innovative idea, which included appropriate punishments for crimes,...

    Varies from okay to disappointing. The descriptions of the scents and the perfumes are very good, especially at the start of the book. The perfume making scenes are interesting. Unfortunately, these scenes are only really at the start of the book. Honestly, this book needs more ...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

    An amazing debut novel. In a world where smell is quite literally the most important sense of all, the witty and wonderful Rakel (who is supremely gifted in the nose department) is trying to use her powerful talent with fragrance to make a living for herself and her very unwell father...

    This one was hard to review. I really enjoyed the Rakel chapters, but for most of the story just didn't care about Ash chapters, and I found Barden more interesting that Ash. Which I don't think is what is meant to happen. On the scent side I loved the scent hints, and just wish there...

    I love unique magic systems, and one based on scent is something I haven't seen before. It did take me a while to get into the story and connect with the characters, at the start I really wasn't feeling Ash's chapters. But I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I initially thought, a...

  • Sophie
    Apr 22, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    Overall, I would say that The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone was average. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read and a really interesting new concept - using your nose as the most favoured of all senses! An incredibly innovative idea, which included appropriate punishments for crimes,...

  • Warda
    Jan 22, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

  • Nicole Sweeney
    Feb 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

  • Sophie
    Nov 29, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

  • Barbara Henderson
    Mar 01, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

  • Samantha Mayoh
    Mar 28, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

  • Nikki
    Mar 16, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

  • Brittany
    Apr 02, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

  • Stephanie
    Feb 09, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

    In a world where scent is key, Rakel's impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging her family and members of her village, not to mention the city beyond. At the palace, the empire is rocked after the Prince is poisoned. Ash, the Prince's Imperial Guard ...

    I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and just loved it. The world is beautifully drawn with lush details and wonderfully different and challenging geography as the two main characters race against time across it. The idea of scent as social status and power is created...

    Overall, I would say that The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone was average. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read and a really interesting new concept - using your nose as the most favoured of all senses! An incredibly innovative idea, which included appropriate punishments for crimes,...

    Varies from okay to disappointing. The descriptions of the scents and the perfumes are very good, especially at the start of the book. The perfume making scenes are interesting. Unfortunately, these scenes are only really at the start of the book. Honestly, this book needs more ...

    I put this book down about half an hour ago and I still don't know what to do with the rating and what to write down in this review. Could it be that I've simply read this book at the wrong moment? Could it be that my current mood is the issue here? Could it be that if I re-read this b...

    2,5* Ve?mi ma bavil koncept mágie zalo?enej na vô?ach. Odli?né vône patrili iným bohom a iné kombinácie sa pou?ívali pri lie?ení, iné pri smútku a iné pri radosti. Okrem toho ma bavilo aj prostredie. Bolo také iné a exotické a preto som si myslela, ?e by táto ...

    I was ultimately a little let down. The book started with so much promise. . . And then I'm not sure what happened. I feel terrible giving it a low rating because I highly anticipated this book. Maybe that's some of my problem. The descriptions are wonderful and the first portion...

  • Amy Milligan
    Mar 09, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

  • Divine Anas
    Dec 26, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

  • Maria Mihaela
    Feb 23, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

  • Lauren
    Feb 05, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

    At first when I read the synopsis of the book I thought great I?m going to like the book but then when I first started reading it I found that I was going to really love it for me it was a bit slow with starting but then near the middle of the book I started to get right into it and ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    The story in a nutshell: For all her skills in scentlore, village girl Rakel is powerless against the disease ravaging her father. Then the Crown Prince is poisoned and Rakel becomes the main suspect. Joined by mysterious prince's bodyguard Ash, Rakel is on a race against time to find ...

    Thank you to Scholastic UK for sending me a free copy of this book to review. As always, all opinions are my own. From the start we are thrust into a descriptive world where the scents are all described and I was able to imagine them pretty well, as if I was smelling them myself in re...

  • Chloe Trotter
    Mar 11, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

  • Bridget Sackfield
    Mar 21, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...