Darkness blooms in bestselling author Kalynn Bayron’s new contemporary fantasy about a girl with a unique and deadly power.
Briseis has a gift: with a single touch she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms.
When Briseis’s aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents hope that surrounded by plants and flowers, she will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they never expected-it comes with a mysterious set of instructions, a walled garden filled with the deadliest botanicals in the world, and generations of secrets. There is more to Bri’s sudden inheritance than she could have imagined, and she is determined to uncover it.
This book made my poisonous plant loving heart sing.
Kalynn writes strong characters, from the side to the main, everyone is well developed and has all the good and bad you’d find in your own life. So much emotion from each person is packed into this book, so I am warning you now to grab a tissue.
When we meet Briseis, she is cautious, reserved and always tense from holding back her powers. But when we leave her, she has come to life. Bold, daring and confident, her growth in this story is one of my favorite parts. She makes mistakes, miss judges, and fumbles but she keeps pushing forward to discover the secrets of her family lineage. The author captures her age so perfectly, none of the weird whiny YA trope junk. Just a girl trying to find her way as a young adult, in a world that won’t understand her powers.
I loved her family, her parents are so nurturing, and warm with the right amount of stern / spice.
It was impossible to put this book down to life, the story moves forward in a way that keeps you engaged with the action, while building up lore. The tie ins for Greek mythology is fantastic. There aren’t enough stories about hecate, and I adored Kalynn’s take on history. All of the magical / witch type elements are mysterious, yet believable. I hope we get more in depth history of some of the town folk as the series progresses.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series, the ending is such a huge cliffhanger, yet completely wraps up the plot for this book, which is insane.
You’ll love this book if you love magic in plain sight, family history, and modern day quests.