Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom is the sensational debut fantasy adventure from PM Freestone.
In her desert home away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Aphorai, Rakel is running out of time to save her father. In a world where scent is key, her impressive scentlore skills are no match for the disease that is ravaging members of her village and beyond. Blooms required to heal are expensive and for the few, not the many, her only hope is to go into the city and use her knowledge of fragrance in the ultimate test – the scent trials. But all does not go according to plan.
In a twist of fate, Rakel flees the city with Ash, the Prince’s Imperial Guard. Together they follow in the footsteps of legends of old to retrieve magically elusive items needed to create a cure for those that they love. As they encounter obstacles that push themselves to the limit, they begin to rely on one another more as their friendship evolves and the need to succeed in their quest drives them on.
Shadowscent will have you hooked as soon as you open the first page, I defy you not to breathe in the words as if the fragrances mentioned are all around you. I read this book in one sitting. I was astounded by Freestone’s powerful message of love and loyalty, and the beautiful ARC cover (by Scholastic designer, Liam Drane) is as breathtaking as the writing within its binds.
Our senses are prevalent in everything we do. With sight and sound more commonly referred to in the stories we read, it is a refreshing change to encounter such a descriptive and impeccably researched world of scent.