Blog Tour / Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Posted September 8, 2017 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Blog Tour / Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda FoodyDaughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Published by Harlequin on September 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Fairyloot, Publisher
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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.

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.

So Daughter of the Burning City is the first book from Fairyloot (from their Tricksters Box which I loved!)that I have actually picked up and read and I have to be honest it was quite good.

I was hooked from the beginning and it was only small things, like having to go to work, that stopped me reading in one go. Sorrina and her cast of illusions were instantly my firends. Sorrina was a typical teen, scared of the further, loyal to her loved one and determined. She also had a the traumatic problem for have a flat space where her eyes should be… If I’d have been her I would not have gone outside.

One thing I did expect was the thrill of the carnival to play a bigger role. For the carnival to be central to the plot, but it really just felt like a way to move from city to city. When I frist read the synopsis I thought that it would be more like Caraval by Stephanie Greber. But I can assure you it is not. This is more a murder mystery with a bit of magic to spice things up.

My main issue with this book is that I felt like there were some huge plot holes in how Sorrina magic worked and what was going on. It felt so confusing and too complex for what was going on. Luckily the plot hole only hits you when it’s happening. I think that the main problem was there was too much thought in to how things had happened. But as this is a debut that’s ok.

This was an addictive, unputdownable book. That had more mystery than I would have thought possible and a lot of secrets. Magic and murder in one place? Who’d of thought.

I loved this book so much and I cannot wait for Amanda’s next book. Daughter of the Burning City was so much more than I expected and so I have high hopes for the next book I pick up.

 Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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