In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

In a Garden Burning Gold (Wind-up Garden, #1)

by Rory Power

“Fresh and original . . . full of lush writing and detailed worldbuilding . . . [with a] rich fantasy landscape and an almost Shakespearean feel.”—Paste

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.

Reviewed by ambiancereads on

4 of 5 stars

*First off I want to thank Random House and Netgalley for this arc*

I was so excited to get my hands on this release!

And let me tell you Powers writes beautifully. The prose is gorgeous.

The story itself is a spin on Greek Mythology and culture. And in this one we get saints and gods with powers.

I think I really struggled with the pacing on this one. It’s slow. And there is so much political intrigue that this isn’t a book to binge. Rather it’s a one to slowly savor. I found myself often reading a few chapters and putting it down and thinking about everything and then going back to it.

I did struggle to really connect with the characters. Every-time I felt like I connected with a character it changed POV.

Overall- I think if you’re looking for a beautiful read with political intrigue this is it. ✨

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