Daughter Of The Burning City by Amanda FoodyDaughter Of The Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter Of The Burning City

byAmanda Foody

Hardcover | July 25, 2017

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A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires 

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 believeduntil 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. 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 her loved ones disappear.
Title:Daughter Of The Burning CityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.47 × 6.38 × 1.27 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0373212437

ISBN - 13:9780373212439


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great concept, poorly executed Daughter of the Burning City follows the story of Sorina, an illusion worker, who lives within the traveling circus of Gomorrah Festival. Her magical abilities allow her to create fully fleshed illusions with personalities of their own. Despite her illusions not truly being real, someone starts murdering them and Sorina embarks on a mission to discover who, how and why. The premises was interesting and the way the story is presented at first, with the murders and illustrations added a bit of an eerie vibe to the book. <b><i>"I remind myself that my face isn't a deformity. It's magic. I am magic.”</i></b> Sorina, the main protagonist and the narrator, was an interesting character in theory - she has no eyes but is still able to see, and her magical ability was very different from anything I've read. However, the explanation of how it all worked were lacking in my opinion. Also, her voice simply didn't click with me - she was childish, unreasonable and somewhat flat. <b><i>“No. Yes. I don’t know. I suppose my jokes are rather morbid.”</i></b> Luca was also an interesting character - he's this stranger who appear in the circus and has a very dark magical ability. I really liked the way it was introduced since it addressed one of the main questions readers might ask about an ability like his. However, since the novel was written in the first person, I couldn't really connect to his character either. <b><i>“So if your illusions can be touched, smelled, heard, and they can act on their own, what exactly is your definition of not real? What makes you so certain they can’t be killed?”</i></b> I think the storyline had a lot of interesting themes but does not them deliver them properly. There were a lot of philosophical aspect that could have been addressed considering the concept, and it would have added a bit of an extra depth in my opinion. I would have liked more explanation on their abilities. It's well written and has a good world building - tells us enough information without drowning us in unnecessary details. Also, I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending. Overall, The book sets up an interesting story with set of characters with unique magical abilities but fails to reach its full potential.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Dark, Dangerous and Original Tale “Sin is our arsenal. It is through the very depravity of Gomorrah that we fight wars of righteousness.” I heard NOTHING but great things before I dove into Amanda Foody’s debut novel for months before I actually picked it up and dove in. A book about actual illusions ACTUALLY being murdered – shall we give it about 800 points of originality? I don’t know why it took me so long to start reading the book and then the better part of a week to actually get through it but Daughter of the Burning City wasn’t everything I thought it would be, and I HAVE SO MANY THOUGHTS: 1. The first thing that threw me about this book was the pure INFORMATION DUMP that happened at the beginning. There were so many character names abilities and names being thrown my way, then the geographical structure and political machinations of a MOVING CITY/ FESTIVAL as well a continent always at war? SO MUCH INFORMATION THAT I WAS BASICALLY DROWNING. 2. The opening scene of this book was about Sorina and her illusions and their Freak Show Circus and I didn’t get to know any of them AT ALL much less care for them before the first murder. This resulted in me being apathetic because I had about TWO scenes with this character (most of which I spent confused) and so this book didn’t shock me/ make me feel ANYTHING. 3. Like I said in the beginning, this book deserves ALL THE POINTS for originality. It was like nothing I’d ever read before with not a single trope overlapping from another book and I REALLY LOVED THAT. 4. While I spend most of the first half of the book CONFUSED and disconnected, I slowly began warming up to everyone and everything in the book as we went deeper into Amanda Foody’s dark world and more secrets about the Illusions, the politics and jynx-work was revealed. It was dark, twisted and dangerous and I loved every second of it. 5. While I initially didn’t care for them, Sorina’s family and Luca grew on me that by the time I closed the book, I’D FALLEN IN LOVE WITH ALL OF THEM. I loved the last chapter with the Freak Show and it was such a dark and happy book. 6. If you can’t already tell, I WAS A BUNDLE OF CONFLICTING EMOTIONS throughout the course of the book. I was confused and apathetic and then everything cleared up and I fell in love. I just wish the world building had been better and all of it wasn’t just dumped on me which made me contemplate not continuing on with this book. A dark, dangerous, intriguing tale that deserves ALL THE POINTS for originality. 3 stars.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome such an awesome book loved it
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good! It was full of magical realism, twists and peculiar relationships.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it fell flat So I finished reading #daughteroftheburningcity by #amandafoody . When I picked up this book it what described to me as something similar to #TheNightCircus and #Caraval which I loved so much. I wanted to love this book. I really really did. But honestly it just fell flat. Characters are dying right from the get go, So I've had no time to make a connection or care about them. And the whole story just dragged, I had to force myself to read the last 100 pages. This is one that you can probably pass on folks. #plumreview #50bookpledge
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Filled with magical realism I'm a sucker for a good circus book! This was no different and I loved it.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh... 2.5/5 stars I dunno. Maybe it was because I compared this book to The Night Circus and Caraval based on the setting...but I found this book quite underwhelming and I got bored. Eh...I liked that the romance was between a bisexual woman and an asexual man. I liked all the magic but I wish there had been more of the politics and war included. Wasn't crazy about the dialogue, inner monologue, and nonstop emotions from the main character. Found the romance between the main character and her imagination odd. I saw the big twist mystery/villain reveal at the end within the first few chapters
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was really entertaining and enjoyable. It was full of magic, mystery and twists. It keeps you guessing.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay but nothing special 2.5/5 stars I dunno. Maybe it was because I compared this book to The Night Circus and Caraval based on the setting...but I found this book quite underwhelming and I got bored. Eh...I liked that the romance was between a bisexual woman and an asexual man. I liked all the magic but I wish there had been more of the politics and war included. Wasn't crazy about the dialogue, inner monologue, and nonstop emotions from the main character. Found the romance between the main character and her imagination odd. I saw the big twist mystery/villain reveal at the end within the first few chapters.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure about this one It took me a long time to get into this one. It was ok but I don't think I will read more if it turns into a series.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshingly Unique Read! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* #indigoemployee Daughter of the Burning City is a story filled with magic, political intrigue and tight family bonds. It is unlike any story currently shelved in the teen section, which can only work in its favour. Unique and dangerous, this novel is recommended for fans of magic and murder mystery. Readers are introduced to Sorina, a strong female lead who runs her own circus act alongside her family of illusions. Set in a moving carnival/city called Gamorrah, one by one Sorina’s family members are hunted and murdered, each death more gruesome than the last. Foody crafts a beautifully dark world by using intricate detail, criminal concepts and magical wonders. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed Freeks by Amanda Hocking and Caraval by Stephanie Garber. *This book examines the stigma associated with being labelled different, which consequently generates a longing to fit in and be “normal”.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly original dark fantasy murder mystery Wow. Daughter of the Burning City was awesome. The pacing was perfect, the characters weird and fascinating, and the setting unique. *slow clap for Amanda Foody* Daughter of the Burning City is about a girl, Sorina (awesome name) who is an illusion worker. She can create tangible illusions, and runs a freak show in Gomorrah, a wandering festival. First and foremost: the characters. I loved every single member of Sorina’s family - they were so developed, each with distinctive personalities and quirks. There’s Blister, the baby with his fire powers, Venera, the older sister, and Crown, the granddad. We’ve also got the two-headed brother, and the (occasionally) strong woman older sister. They are so real, even with their unrealistic deformities. I adored Sorina - it’s the little details that make the character, such as the fact that she collects bugs (*shudders) and feels insecure about her appearance. The setting. Amazing - I could just picture Gomorrah, with its burning skyline and sickly sweet smell. I loved the idea of the political discourse between up-mountain and down-mountain, and how it gave us just enough information to begin to suspect the origins of the crime. I also really liked the use of magic abilities, or Jinx-work. That was really well done. The whole novel was just amazing, with vivid descriptions and perfect pacing. And the cover is beautiful!! I love it!! I LOVE IT ALL Reread value: 9/10 Unique points: 9/10 Diversity: 8/10 - one of the first YA novels I’ve seen with a demisexual character Character Believability: 9/10
Date published: 2017-06-11

Editorial Reviews

"Gomorrah makes for a fantastic, magical setting, a seedy mix of titillation and sin... Readers who enjoyed their whirl in Garber's Caraval will want to get in line for entry to Gomorrah." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books