I was just recently tagged by Sweaters and Raindrops to do the Contradictions Book Tag! It looks super interesting, so I’m diving right in. This tag was originally made by Daniela at Only If For a Page. I’ll tag some people at the bottom so we can keep this going! Heeeeeeere we go!

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for providing an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


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.

The premise of this novel had real potential, but the actual book is mostly a let down. In A Garden Burning Gold is Rory Power’s first foray into both the high fantasy genre and the Adult label. Prior to this, she’s been writing YA books that tended to lean towards horror. These might be reasons why this book struggles, but either way, this was a tough one to get through.

In A Garden Burning Gold takes place in what I took to be a weird sort-of -kind-of Ancient Greece / Byzantine Empire. It’s not based on any one particular culture, but those were the two I could see the most of. The main characters of the novel are twins, Rhea and Lexos, who both have powers akin to a god. Rhea changes the season by marrying someone and then killing them when the season is supposed to end. Lexos has power over the night sky and of the tides. Their siblings have powers, too, but they’re less important. Their father, Baba, has power over death. He’s also horrible, cruel, and mean to his children, all in the name of making them and him more powerful.

This is a book where pretty much every character is an awful person. There’s a whole mess of political drama and whatnot, but there was so much information shared at the beginning of the book that I literally could not follow what was going on. That’s one of the problems with In A Garden Burning Gold. There’s too much thrown in all at once. It’s world-building, yes, but it’s also extremely overwhelming. It feels like nothing happens for a good chunk of the book. I found myself both bored, and frustrated while reading this. I wish I had liked it more.

In A Garden Burning Gold comes out April 5, 2022.

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So I only got around to two of the books on my February TBR, but that’s because I ended up receiving a LOT more ARCs than I ever thought I would. Almost all the books on my TBR for March are ARCs or the first book in a series that I got an ARC for. I am very, very excited to read the Shadow of the Gods, as I’ve heard absolutely wonderful things about it.

Have you read any of these? Which do you recommend? Or, alternatively, are you looking forward to any of these books?