Sixteen year old Sorina has spent most of her life in 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. Their investigation sends them through a haze of potential 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 her loved ones disappear.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I was lucky enough to be accepted to get an early e-copy to review on NetGalley and I also managed to get my hardcover early via Amazon!
‘Welcome to the festival of burning desires.’
Daughter of the Burning City is a standalone, as far as I know, it was a well rounded ending and I suppose the author could go back to it if she wanted, this was an incredible dark fantasy book with a Freak Show Festival, this book was one of my anticipated reads of July so when I saw it on NetGalley I had to request for it! The cover is beautiful and with purple being my favorite colour, that was an added bonus! I don’t know if I prefer the paperback cover though but they’re both just beautiful.
Sorina is a sixteen year old illusionist who is working at a freak show, she creates her own family of illusions, they’re not real, it doesn’t matter how lifelike her family seem, so that means they shouldn’t be able to die… right? No. Her illusions start getting murdered and Sorina doesn’t understand how. How can anyone kill someone who isn’t real? Sorina investigates the murders of her illusions with her father, Villiam to find out who was behind it but behind her fathers back she meets Luca who is a gossip-worker and she also investigates with Luca, in both investigations Sorina looks at the murders in two completely different lights but she doesn’t know who is right.
I thought the first chapter was a tiny bit slow to begin with but once I got past the first chapter I really got into and from there it was wild until the end this book was just, oh my god, 😶😮😦😨😱, the mystery of who has been killing off Sorina’s illusions to the revelation of who the murderer was, I was so shocked and surprised I wasn’t expecting it, there were just so many plots and twists it was so fantastic, I loved this story so much, I can’t wait to see what Amanda’s next book Ace of Shades which comes out 24/04/2018, has in store for us! This was the perfect read for me because ever since Caraval came out and I read that I’d been wanted to read more books based on carnivals/festivals/circuses and this help quench my thirst for it!
‘wicked, wicked to the core, the city will burn forevermore.’
Links below for you guys to find out more about this fabulous book, it officially comes out on the 25th July and the paperback is out 7th September, go and check it out and get yourself a copy!