Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
📚 Q: what are you currently reading? I just finished A Court of Silver Flames!
Within paragraphs of starting the fantasy The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova, with its references to a magical home and a family in a “magic-adjacent” town almost everyone loses memory of, I knew I would love it.
The Montoyas are notorious in Four Rivers & Orquídea, the matriarch and a witch, is the most notorious of all. She built her home there decades before, she’s buried four husbands there, & she’s raised a brood of children & grandchildren, most of whom are alienated from her & have complicated associations of the woman who was so hard to reach emotionally.
Then, cousins Marimar & Rey & others receive a summons from Orquídea—she is dying. They return home & learn of their inheritance, which includes a mystery & a threat they don’t explore until 7 years later, when it becomes too pressing & dangerous to ignore.
Who was Orquídea, really, this amazing woman/figure who left Ecuador so long ago? What was her life? & who did she run from? Who should they be scared of?
Told gorgeously, at times luminous & dark & hopeful & filled with the emotional inheritances of family—the joy & burden of claiming others & being claimed by family, to use the language of the book--The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is a special read & one that shines with magic.
5 ⭐️. Release date: 09/07.
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