Bad, Completed, Good

Daughter of the Burning City

By Amanda Foody

2.5 out of 5 stars


30237061Sixteen-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.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.


I dunno. Maybe it was because I compared this book to The Night Circus and Caraval based on the setting…but I found this book quite underwhelming and I got bored. The cover was beautiful but…*shrugs*…I didn’t think this book was anything really special in terms of plot.

Eh…I liked that the romance was between a bisexual woman and an asexual man. I liked all the magic but I wish there had been more of the politics and war included.

Wasn’t crazy about the dialogue, inner monologue, and nonstop emotions from the main character. Found the romance between the main character and her imagination odd. I saw the big twist mystery/villain reveal at the end within the first few chapters.


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