Title: The Bone Orchard (March 22, 2022)
Author: Sara A. Mueller
The Bone Orchard is an ambitious and inventive novel about the lengths someone will go for self-preservation amidst extreme trauma.
While the main plot concerns a poisoned emperor and the subsequent whodunit – the real stars here are Shame, Justice, Desire, Pride, and Pain. These five “boneghosts” are richly drawn and complex characters who answer to Charm, our central protagonist. Their relationship to Charm is fascinating and evolves in unexpected ways throughout the course of the novel. And, once I could keep all of the characters straight, I really enjoyed the world Sara A. Mueller conjured up – even if sometimes it felt like the narrative could have been tighter. Bonus points for an outstanding cover!
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.