Daughter of the Burning City

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody



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.


This book CURED my circus cravings after reading Caraval.

Everything about this book was amazing and I will rave about it to anyone who will listen to me! The only thing that I’m absolutely sad about is that it’s a contemporary because I NEED MORE. While it had everything I could have asked for and more, it still left me wanting more to it.

The characters are constructed so so well! Vera is my absolute favorite character out of all of them, she has a very strong motherly quality to her. Every character is well rounded and they maintain amazing personalities throughout the whole novel which is great. Their abilities were so cool and unique to the storyline and characters themselves so much so it brought a very different vibe to the book. 

The descriptions were astounding along with the world building, it created a whole movie inside my head and it was just amazing. Everything was clear to me and I never once was confused about any information given or explained throughout.

THE PLOT TWISTS, OMG THE TWISTS! I won’t spoil anything but oh my, the twists were thought out so freaking well. Everything was plotted seamlessly and I fell in love with every word, every chapter.

I’ve recently finished, Ace of Shades and let’s just say that Amanda is a very talented writer but we will save that review for another day soon!

UGH! Daughter of the Burning City is just so amazing, you all need to read it, especially if you loved Caraval.

You can buy it, here.

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