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In an Orchard Grown from Ash
In an Orchard Grown from Ash: A Novel | Rory Power
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Siblings torn apart by betrayal grapple with their broken bondsand fight to regain their powerin this stunning conclusion to a mythic epic fantasy duology from the New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls. The Argyros siblings have lost everything. With their father dead and their family home captured, theyre no longer the rulers of their fractured kingdomand no longer bound to each other. In the frozen north, Rhea struggles to wield her newly inherited command over death and to find her place in an increasingly distrustful rebel group. Chrysanthi travels to a distant, war-torn land in search of her elusive brother Nitsos, certain that he is there on a dangerous mission to restore the family to its former glory, this time with himself at its head. And Lexos, now stripped of all his power and a political prisoner of the Domina family, is left to rot in a hauntingly desolate palace with nothing but thoughts of revenge. Alone and farther apart than theyve ever been, the siblings must reckon with the pain of their past and find a new path forwardor risk their own destruction. In an Orchard Grown from Ash is the dramatic finale of a darkly beautiful, atmospheric saga that explores the cost of power and the weight of legacy.
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The whole “narrowly focused on the emotional lives of a few protagonists, plot is irrelevant” thing worked for me in Wilder Girls as YA horror and in Burn Our Bodies Down as YA horror in which the emotions actually cause the plot. It doesn‘t work so well in this duology, which has four theoretically adult (but emotionally very young) protagonists and opens a LOT of interesting magic-system and world-politics plot loops… and closes very few of them

Clare-Dragonfly The characters‘ emotional arcs are beautifully and wrenchingly drawn; I was fully sucked into (and infuriated by) the Argyros siblings‘ belief that they all thought the same way while being unable to see past their own damn noses to understand the others‘ points of view, and what happened to each of them was fitting and satisfying. But I wanted answers to the plot questions, too! (edited) 1w
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