In an Orchard Grown from Ash

Del Rey: Ballantine. (The Wind-Up Garden, Bk. 2). May 2023. 480p. ISBN 9780593355008. $28.99. FANTASY
Driven from their home and with their father dead, the Argyros siblings find themselves separated by distance and distrust. Lexos is a political prisoner of the Domina family, left on an island alone—almost. His twin Rhea continues to work with the rebel Sxoriza as the other powerful families battle to fill the power vacuum that’s left behind. Rhea is also searching for their younger brother, Nitsos, who is responsible for the death of her husband. The youngest, Chrysanthi, always sheltered from much of the world, sets out to find Nitsos too, with concerns he plans to attempt to regain the family power for himself. As the four siblings journey on their own paths of truth, what lies at the end can either free them from the destructive legacy their father left or destroy them all. Revolving points of view highlight the familial love, betrayal, and emotional arcs of the siblings.
VERDICT The duology’s conclusion (following In a Garden Burning Gold) is a raw, emotional journey of a family created and broken by the consequences of their actions.
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