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Burning Glass

byKathryn Purdie

Paperback | July 11, 2017

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Red Queen meets Shadow and Bone in this #1 New York Times bestselling debut about a girl forced to use her gift for sensing—and absorbing—other people’s feelings to protect the empire from assassins.

Steeped in intrigue and betrayal, Burning Glass captivates with heartrending romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s quest for redemption. 

In Riaznin, it’s considered an honor for Auraseers like Sonya—girls with a rare form of synesthesia—to serve as the emperor’s personal protector, constantly scanning for feelings of malice and bloodlust in the court. But Sonya would rather be free.

After the queen’s murder and a tragic accident, Sonya is hauled off to the palace to guard a charming yet volatile new ruler. But Sonya’s power is reckless and hard to control. She’s often carried away by the intense passion of others.

And when a growing rebellion forces Sonya to side with either the emperor who trusts her or his mysterious brother, the crown prince, Sonya realizes she may be the key to saving the empire—or its greatest threat.

Kathryn Purdie lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three children. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama and was inspired to write this debut trilogy while recovering from donating a kidney to her older brother.www.kathrynpurdie.com
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Title:Burning GlassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.19 inPublished:July 11, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006241237X

ISBN - 13:9780062412379

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Worst, but Far from Great. This book was enjoyable enough but is also deeply mediocre. It's not the worst YA I've read but it also doesn't distinguish itself in any other ways. A love triangle dominates the majority of the story; it drives most of the plot and the heroine angsts over it almost constantly. Torn between the affections of the passionate (ie selfish and occasionally violent) young Emperor Valko and his reserved brother Anton, the main character, Sonya, gets 'lost' in both of them so many times I felt like I was reading chapters again. Sonya is an Auraseer, a class of women who can feel the emotions of others, and is not very good at it. Due to some plot conveniences, Sonya grew up being sheltered by this fantasy world's version of Romani, being passed from caravan to caravan to avoid being sent to a convent to learn of her powers. The friend that taught her to read is, of course, a secret poet revolutionary. I didn't think Burning Glass completely devoid of merit, just as falling short of the mark. Sonya's learning curve is far too slow, which leads us to repetitive scenes that do little to move the story along. The politics - the most interesting part of the story - were hardly touched on, very little ever coming from it until the people rise up and attack the palace. All in all, not the worst of young adult fantasy, but very far from the best either, Burning Glass rests firmly in the middle of the pack.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I really enjoyed this book. It is a different concept for a YA novel, and I loved how emotional it got.
Date published: 2017-07-09

Editorial Reviews

“I feel like BURNING GLASS has catered to all of my YA book needs: Russian-flavored fantasy, a neat but not overly complicated magic system, a flawed but wonderful heroine, and the only kind of love triangle I can enjoy (one involving competing brothers!)”