** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show…
Magic, and murder, and curses, and a travelling circus? Like many of the review copies I get through NetGalley, I requested Daughter of the Burning City because it sounded cool, and because the cover is beautiful (in fact, I was so enamoured of the cover that I asked Harlequin for a hard copy, and they were kind enough to send one to me) – it turned out to be one of my favourite books so far this year.
I loved this book! The characters were interesting and felt well developed and diverse (in terms of gender, sexuality, background/race, and appearance), and the story was weird and a bit creepy, which is my favourite. It felt original, and the twists were unexpected – I really had no idea what was going to happen next. I’ve tried to come up with a read-alike to give you, but nothing is coming to mind – which maybe gives an indication of how original it was.
One other very cool thing about this book was the illustrations throughout. Every few chapters we get to see a sketch of one member of Sorina’s fantastic family of illusions – I was so glad to have a hard copy, so I could see them properly.
I gave this one four stars, and Amanda Foody’s next book (she has one coming in April 2018!) will go straight onto my to be read list!
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody is out now from Harlequin.
I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review, but only chose to read it because it sounded like something I would enjoy (life’s too short to read books we don’t think we’ll enjoy). All opinions on my blog are my own, and I wouldn’t tell you it was good if I didn’t really think so. =)