Book Review: In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power


Title: In a Garden Burning Gold

By: Rory Power

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 432

Release Date: April 5th, 2022

Publisher: Del Rey

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Twins imbued with incredible magic and near-immortality will do anything to keep their family safe—even if it tears the siblings apart—in the first book of a mythic epic fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls.

Rhea and her twin brother, Lexos, have spent an eternity helping their father rule their small, unstable country, using their control over the seasons, tides, and stars to keep the people in line. For a hundred years, they've been each other's only ally, defending each other and their younger siblings against their father's increasingly unpredictable anger.

Now, with an independence movement gaining ground and their father's rule weakening, the twins must take matters into their own hands to keep their family—and their entire world—from crashing down around them. But other nations are jockeying for power, ready to cross and double cross, and if Rhea and Lexos aren't careful, they'll end up facing each other across the battlefield.


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The Summary caught my eye, but the execution was slow.

Rory Power has a wonderful writing style that paints a beautiful picture in an unknown world. Her characters have amazing stories that bring them to life effortlessly, but the pacing of this story was super slow and really felt bogged down with so much weight from the story that it took me a while to finish this book. The story and inner monologue turned the plot stagnant and anything that came after those moments needed to be forced. 

What really kept me reading with the really interesting idea around the plot. Power takes a play on Greek mythology (something I am really interested in) and she does it well, giving the potential of something wonderful. 

If the book had moved at a faster pace, I would have probably given it 5 stars, but this time around, its a 3. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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