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Summary

Bloomsbury presents This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron, read by Jordan Cobb.

Ever since she can remember, Briseis has had power over plants. Flowers bloom in her footsteps and leaves turn to face her as though she were the sun. It’s a power she and her adoptive mothers have spent her whole life trying to hide. And then Briseis inherits an old house from her birth mother and suddenly finds herself with the space and privacy to test her powers for the first time.

But as Briseis starts to bring the house’s rambling garden back to life, she finds she has also inherited generations of secrets. A hidden altar to a dark goddess, a lineage of witches stretching back to ancient times and a hidden garden overgrown with the most deadly poisonous plants on Earth. And Briseis’s long-departed ancestors aren’t going to let her rest until she accepts her place as the keeper of the terrible power that lies at the heart of the Poison Garden.

Cinderella Is Dead author Kalynn Bayron brings a message of proud inclusivity to this empowering fantasy about a young woman finding the strength to challenge everything she has been told is true.

©2021 Kalynn Bayron (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"Ambitious, replacing the happily-ever-after with a tragic legacy and a defiant, feminist tone." (Publisher's Weekly Online)

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Fantasy botanical young adult fiction

I really loved this book, a very easy listen. Botany, mythology, fantasy and black queer family - it had it all. Can’t wait for the next book!

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A serial not a novel

Interesting concept and I would have given 4 stars but am irritated that this is not a stand alone tale. Lightweight in many ways. Fantasy lovers with “black like me” and/or LGBT focus may find it especially enjoyable and then might buy the next in the series. The use of the word “drug” instead of “dragged” says it all for me.

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Within the first few minutes you know it’ll be good

The entire story line was so unpredictable - Incredibly captivating, I’m annoyed I finished it so quickly. I definitely recommend.

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brilliant

A really gripping story! A great story to escape reality. loved it! mythology and magic ❤️

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amazing

oh my gosh the twists, the story, the surprises, the everything! I need the sequel now!

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Loved this story. Gentle but still exciting. Some big twists I didn't see comming. And so many details about the charecters. Truly beautiful storytelling.

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black posion Ivy

really enjoyed this story! fairy tale and Greek myth and a bit of horror and mystery and s lot of black girl magic and plants so glad there is more to this world