In the Works. A YA Persephone/Hades retelling.
The Twelfth Daughter of Erstwhile Garden–a magical conservatory controlling the seasons of Orion–has only ever had twelve daughters. Until now.
On the eve of Esme Fisher’s christening as the next Twelfth Daughter overseeing Erstwhile Garden, her twin sister, Hazel, will marry Lazarus Hearst, the God of Eternal Rest and Lord of the Infernal.
During a feast marking Hazel’s marriage, she must eat the Sacred Infernal Fruit, committing her soul to the land of the dead. The twins have always shared everything, so Hazel gives Esme an apple to eat in unison, marking their dual transitions. When the God of Eternal Rest drags Esme to the land of the dead, she realizes too late she’s eaten the Infernal Fruit in Hazel’s place.
In the world above, Hazel assumes Esme’s identity and title of Erstwhile Gardener, while Esme and her pet bee, Tulip, struggle to adapt to life in the Infernal. But as the plants of Erstwhile Garden wilt and Orion begins to die, Esme and Lazarus must break the hold the Infernal has on her soul or lose Orion to eternal winter.