This is just perfect. I enjoyed it so much - it was the first thing I bought when I got my e-reader, and it was a WONDERFUL inauguration. The characterisation is beautiful, and so is the description and the writing and, well, everything. Lots of people to fall in love with, and to groan over the mistakes of, and also QUEER PEOPLE YES. YES. YES. It made me laugh; it made me cry; it is in the re-read pile :-)
I am absolutely in love with all of this. The beautiful way you've woven the herbs in; the believable characters; the world-building, which you do brilliantly in a tiny number of words; how *vivid* it all is, and how scent and hearing are important. I *loved* the knowing, loving, multi-layered skewering of tropes; I can't think of anything I *didn't* love.
Thank you both!