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Title: In a Garden Burning Gold
Author: Rory Power
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
Page Count: 418
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
Twins imbued with incredible magic and near-immortality will do anything to keep their family in power—even if it tears the family apart—in the first book of a mythic epic fantasy duology from the New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls.
Rhea and Lexos were born into a family unlike any other. Together with their siblings, they control the seasons, the tides, and the stars, and help their father rule their kingdom. Thanks to their magic, the family has ruled for an eternity, and plan to rule for an eternity more.
But Rhea and Lexos are special: They are twins, bonded down to the bone, and for the past hundred years, that bond has protected them as their father becomes an unpredictable tyrant—and his worsening temper threatens the family’s grip on power.
Now, with rival nations ready to attack, and a rebel movement within their own borders, Rhea and Lexos must fight to keep the kingdom—and the family—together, even as treachery, deceit, and drama threaten to strand the twins on opposite sides of the battlefield.
In a Garden Burning Gold is a vividly written, atmospheric saga that explores the limits of power and the bonds of family—and how far both can be bent before they break.
In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power is the first book in the new Argyrosi fantasy series. The story in In a Garden Burning Gold is one that is told by alternating the point of view between characters.
Rhea and Lexos are twins who have grown up the children of a powerful elite family with their father, Baba, owning several of the land’s magical powers. Rhea and Lexos have each been granted a magical gift from their father to control.
Rhea controls the seasons by sacrificing her consorts and Lexos controls the night sky and the constellations. The twins along with their other siblings have control of the lands and have for years with their power.
I came into In a Garden Burning Gold expecting to like this new fantasy as I had read Rory Power’s work before and enjoyed those reads. This book is obviously different than the two previous and it wasn’t the change of genre that had me frowning but the feeling that the originality that were in the previous books I had read had gone with the genre change. The story can be summed up with sibling with daddy issues like many others out there and it pretty much dragged on all the way through for me thinking I’d read this before. Some may enjoy this new series but I just wanted more out of the it myself.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation. She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia.