Hello! I’m back with another review! Now that I’ve gotten The Night Circus out of the way I’ve been able to pick up some other books on my TBR and finally got around to reading Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.
This book follows Sorina who is a sixteen-year-old girl who has spent her entire life within the traveling festival of Gomorrah. Sorina is an illusion maker and her entire family are actually all her illusions; together they make up the festival’s Freak Show. Everything is normal until one of her illusions wound up dead; which of course shouldn’t be possible. This book follows Sorina’s journey of discovering who is killing her family and how they are capable of doing it.
Right off the bat, any story involving a circus, carnival, or festival is immediately added to my TBR because I can not get enough of these types of stories! In addition to that, I was actually able to meet Amanda and get my books signed which made me even more excited to pick this book up! Amanda was so sweet and I absolutely loved Ace of Shades when I read it.
I’m going to start by talking about the setting because I loved it so much! Gomorrah is such an enticing and interesting setting. While there are parts that are of course more clean and appropriate there is also the darker part of the festival where things are a bit more run down and people like thieves, sex workers, and assassins live here. Foody does such an amazing job describing the scents, sights, and sounds within the festival and it really helps to create the festival surroundings in your mind.
I also loved the characters in this book. Sorina was such a strong and family oriented character. When I say she’s strong, I don’t mean she’s very independent and headstrong. She’s the type of character not at all afraid to ask for help from her family members and it’s so nice to see a character choose her family over others. I found myself really growing attached to her illusions as well. While reading this book I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed these unique characters until it was too late and they were no longer around (I actually cried at the death of one of them).
I, of course, need to also talk about the love interest, Luca. I think Luca may be one of my new favorite book boyfriends. He wasn’t the typical overbearing and cocky love interest; he was definitely his own person and he was so unique to other male characters that I’ve read of before. He was just so sarcastic and smart and just *swoon*.
Lastly, I feel like I should mention the one small thing that I had a problem with. This book is set in a very intricate political way and things around this area were often confusing and didn’t make much sense in my mind. Things such as the world layout and the magic system just didn’t add up all that well for me. There was a good bit of information dump on this type of thing and it wasn’t very fun to read about. Since all of this information came at once, none of it really stuck with me to help in later scenarios. But this is really my only complaint about this book.
Overall, this book was a magical and dark story and I loved pretty much everything about it. I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and Amanda Foody is definitely one of my insta-buy authors now.
Let’s Talk! : Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Do you have any recommendations for circus/festival/carnival books?