"The subtle scent of flowers was lost beneath the aroma of cooking meat and freshly cut fruit, heavy spices and mulled wine. A man in dark robes offered candied plums beside a woman selling scrying stones. A vendor poured steaming tea into short glass goblets across from another vibrant stall displaying masks and a third offering tiny vials of water drawn from the Isle, the contents still glowing faintly with its light. Every night of the year, the market lived and breathed and thrived."
–Chap. 11, A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
* Click here to read a nice big excerpt of A Darker Shade of Magic (including the plum part!) on Tor.com. ADSoM is part of a trilogy, with the third book, A Conjuring of Light, coming out at the end of this month! (If you order from Barnes & Noble, you get an autographed copy, and if you send in your pre-order receipt from any retailer, you will get a special book hugger/wrap)! *