Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

I don’t think the book was for me. I had completed the book, Daughter of the Burning City in three rounds and each time, i had to drop the book in the middle and then take it up later. Maybe the whole setting and the grotesque characters didn’t resonate with me or the book didn’t had the required pull to hook its readers in general

Daughter of the Burning CityDaughter of the Burning City Official Synopsis

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 RWAT Take

Daughter of the Burning City takes place in an entirely different scenario and backdrop. Somewhere around, this also is the trouble with the book. The book for me, never properly introduced me to the whole world where the story is set. The incomplete details made it difficult to see the things and events taking place and visualise it. One of the striking things that i saw in the book was that almost half of the book takes place inside a moving freak show crew but i couldn’t visualise as to how the characters kept going into each other’s tents or caravans while inside a moving caravan. Sounds confusing? imagine my dilemma while reading and trying to paint a picture of the scene. 

The characters are another aspect. Each of the characters especially the central ones are all framed in a grotesque manner but it doesn’t make it easy since most of the details and descriptions of the characters are done in passing and fails to properly create an image. 

There is an underlying story to the book that is interesting to follow but all the supporting elements fails to perform enough to enjoy the story. The characters, settings all seems to be a bit vague enough to create a visual for the story and that too was a great hindrance


To me the book was a disappointing experience but perhaps it could be because the book was not something of my usual genre or taste or perhaps it could be the unusual settings and the grotesque characters and the need for vivid imagination that this book requires



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