I Can't Wait for... The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

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Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about and have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine. 

My pick for this week is a gothic fantasy whodunit, a story of witchcraft, necromantic brothels, and the murder of a king...

 The Bone Orchard
Author: Sara A. Mueller
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: March 22, 2022
Genres: Epic Fantasy

A fascinating whodunit set in a lush, gothic world of secrets and magic—where a dying emperor charges his favorite concubine with solving his murder, and preventing the culprit, who is undoubtedly one of his three terrible sons, from taking control of an empire.

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.

But 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 if she does, 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.


  1. I can hardly wait for this, it sounds very dark!

  2. Oh I love the sound of this, and that cover is so eye-catching!

  3. I absolutely love this cover and synopsis! It seems so interesting, I hope you love it!

  4. Gothic fantasy, witchcraft, necromancy AND murder?! I'm in.

  5. This cover just gets me so much. I want to read this one too.


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