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.
Daughter of the Burning City is a fabulous debut Novel, full of magic, murder, and mystery.
I always love a circus based story. There is something about the mystery and magic that they hold that fascinates me. Which is part of the reason why i was so fascinated by the concept of thid story. A girl without eyes who can creates illusions that are being killed off. Place the location that travels and moves but yet at the same time seems so settled and grounded.
Gomorrah is more of a travelling city of magicians, thieves, and sex workers as opposed to what we would consider “performers.” Would be ( e.g. clowns, aerials) .
Sorrina is a very down to earth protagonists. She’s hellbent on finding who has been killing her family. She is also dealing with her own insecurities of being “a freak.” She’s a real teen girl who just wants to find love and be with her family, though they are palpable figments of her imagination.
Luca’s character strikes an interesting balance between the stereotypical arrogant bad boy love interest with a dark past, and an actually compassionate individual.
This is a definitely a page turner full of unique magic, dark secrets, and exciting mystery. I would definitely recommend to all my fantasy lovers, and I even think non-fantasy lovers would enjoy because of how subtle the magic is woven into the world.
The suspense was also perfect throughout the novel, The plot was so exquisitely woven.
This is a perfect blend of magic and mystery. It is a great read and will leave you thinking about running away to join the circus.