For some reason I keep forgetting what books I enjoy reading. I’m so obsessed with finish Poirot and reading books similar to it, that I completely forgot I actually enjoy fantasy books???? I don’t know how I keep doing this, but I do. So here we are, reviewing Daughter of the Burning City!
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.
Ok, did I get this book because someone got murdered? Yes.
This isn’t a detective though!!! Don’t be fooled, this isn’t it. It’s a mystery novel, yes, but there’s more to it than “just” the murder aspect. I really enjoyed the abilities aspect, it felt really natural, because it seemed realistic. I mean, people were born jynx-workers, because just like we ourselves, sometimes we get born one way but we don’t know why we are born such a way. I hope I kind of explained why I loved it, it’s a bit hard to explain haha. At one point, though, I felt that they were really searching for abilities though, Sorina’s abilities weren’t really explained, other than: “She can see with no eyes and can make illusions” but that’s it. I would’ve LOVED it if we got to see HOW she made them.
The insta-love felt a bit weird too, at one point I felt like our main characters have known each other for at least a month, but than it ended up being just a week. It was incredibly odd?? The passing of time in this book was really weird anyways though, at some points you thought months had past, when it was just two weeks. And the ending felt really rushed, which was such a shame!
Other than that, I didn’t have any complaints! I REALLY enjoyed this book, and it kept me reading the entire time. I read the last 100 pages in ONE GO PEOPLE, that’s huge for me, as I get bored really easily because of my ADD, so if I read more than 40 pages in one go, the book is amazing. I even cried at one point, which I almost never do!
The characters were really fun, I loved the illusions, and I loved Sorina as well, she was really realistic to me as I was the same when I was here age, haha! I was rooting for her and Luca, I really wanted them to end up together, because they were so cute omg. Oh, that reminds me, most people in this book AREN’T STRAIGHT. Yes folks, you read that right, and my bi little heart couldn’t be happier! Sorina is bi, Luca is ace, one of the illusions is a lesbian ( might be a spoiler, but folks, THE LESBIAN DOESN’T DIE IN THE END. what is this world coming to!?!) and honestly, sexuality wasn’t a big deal, everyone could love whoever they wanted, and it was great.
The world was really well thought out, I just would’ve loved a map in my copy, just so I could understand how Gomorah was traveling across the world. But the world felt really old European, even with witchunts and religious extremities, which I found really interesting.
Honestly, I really loved the story, the world was really fun, the characters were realistic (even if half of them were illusions) and the story itself was a page turner, I loved it! Is it perfect? No. But first of, it’s a debut book, and second, we can’t have it all! I think my enjoyment of a book is more important than really minor issues such as timing and rushed endings.
If you are on the hunt for a fun, YA fantasy and that’s a quick read, with really, really cute romance aspect, this is a book you should try out!