Mini Review: The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

Posted April 11, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Mini Review: The Bone Orchard by Sara A. MuellerThe Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller
Published by Tor Books on March 22, 2022
Genres: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
Format: eBook (336 pages)
Source: Library
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Charm is a witch, and she is alone. The last of a line of conquered necromantic workers, now confined within the yard of regrown bone trees at Orchard House, and the secrets of their marrow.

Charm is a prisoner, and a survivor. Charm tends the trees and their clattering fruit for the sake of her children, painstakingly grown and regrown with its fruit: Shame, Justice, Desire, Pride, and Pain.

Charm is a whore, and a madam. The wealthy and powerful of Borenguard come to her house to buy time with the girls who aren't real.

Except on Tuesdays, which is when the Emperor himself lays claim to his mistress, Charm herself.

now—Charm is also the only person who can keep an empire together, as the Emperor summons her to his deathbed, and charges her with choosing which of his awful, faithless sons will carry on the empire—by discovering which one is responsible for his own murder.

If she does this last thing, she will finally have what has been denied her since the fall of Inshil—her freedom. But she will also be betraying the ghosts past and present that live on within her heart.

Charm must choose. Her dead Emperor’s will or the whispers of her own ghosts. Justice for the empire or her own revenge.

two-stars

The Bone Orchard is a book that I should have left alone and admired from afar. Obviously, I was obsessed with the cover the moment I saw it, which led me to be intrigued by the blurb. I simply can’t pass up books about sex workers! I don’t know why! I knew this wasn’t the kind of book that I’d pick up on my own without the influence of that cover and the promise of something different, but I checked it out anyway. I hoped it would surprise me, and that trying something new would pay off. Unfortunately, I just didn’t get it.

I love the idea of Charm’s boneghosts, but I didn’t really understand them at all. I was lost and confused for most of The Bone Orchard. I was too focused on trying to understand Charm and her boneghosts that I never got pulled into the plot. Although admittedly the plot didn’t grab my attention from the beginning as I also didn’t get why the emperor would call on his mistress to find his murderer and keep his sons from inheriting. I wish I had enjoyed this one, because it does have some really awesome elements, but that’s all it ended up being to me. It didn’t come together in any way that made sense to me.

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