Thursday, March 24, 2022

A Review: In a Garden Burning Gold


This is the first book I've read from Rory Power, who is the author of Wilder Girls, and Burn our Bodies Down, both Young Adult, horror/suspense/thriller type books.  Rory Power brilliantly takes on a new genre with In a Garden Burning Gold.


In a Garden Burning Gold is set in a Greek style fantasy world, with some of the names and food mentioned having a Greek style to them. The story follows Rhea and Lexos are twins that help support their father while he rules their country for the last few hundred years.  Rhea's gift is bringing on the seasons, however to do so she must choose a consort to spend a season with, killing them at the end of the season to bring on the next season. Lexos controls the constellations and the seas.  Together they have to work from a distance using their own gifts and situations to save their family, while it seems the world is pitted against them and hoping to turn them on themselves.

My thoughts:

The book is slow to begin, but really picks up speed about 1/3rd of the way through.  There is a complex world building that I really enjoyed.  There is political discord, family strife, religious zealots and religious control in the area. Both Rhea and Lexos have to work behind their father's back to maintain control over their country or risk losing their lives. The reviews on Goodreads were mixed, so I while I enjoyed the book very much it can be heavy. I would not consider this book a light easy read, but the timing for me was just right and I enjoyed it as a change from what I have been reading lately. 

You will like this book if you enjoy reading about: 

  1. Political intrigue, that's somewhat Games of Thrones style.
  2. Unique world building.
  3. Unique magical style that's based in some religious zealotry.
  4. Unexpected twists and turns.
Trigger warnings: Emotional abuse from parent, blood, violence, death

In a Garden Burning Gold is available for pre-order now, and available for purchase April 5!

Disclaimer: I received an advanced e-copy of this book free for review.  This however does not affect my opinions, as I do not leave a review for each book I receive. There are links to Amazon, clicking these links won't cost you anything but any purchase helps support this blog.  Thanks!

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