2022 Book Review: Daughter of the Burning City

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

YA Fantasy, 2017 by Harlequin Teen, 384 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • There are quite a few characters to keep track of. If you are someone who struggles with details or names of characters if there are too many this could be a challenge. 
  • I did see one of the twists coming, which I always hate. I wouldn’t call it predictable. There was enough detail I didn’t have figured out to keep me entertained and there were other twists that surprised me. 
  • Things left to your imagination. We all know this isn’t a problem for me, I love when books let me think. But if you’re the kind of reader who likes to have all the details and answers about mysterious things in the world, you’ll be annoyed that some things are left to the imagination. 

What I Did Like:

  • The concept. I have been so disappointed lately by a few other circus type books. This was exactly what I wanted. When we opened on a freak show for a traveling circus that was entirely populated by characters that were ILLUSIONS from the main character … I knew I’d found my circus book. WHAT A CONCEPT. This was fascinatingly original from beginning to end. 
  • The characters. From Sorina, the main character, through the illusions and the other residents of Gomorrah, these characters were intriguing and amazing. I loved the way they used their jynx (magic) and the originality of all of them. These characters will live in my mind for a while. 
  • The romance storyline worked. I had my doubts when the love interest was first introduced, it felt like it was going to be forced. Instead, it turned out to be adorable and believable. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fantasy fans who want original characters in a fantasy setting, you’ll love this one. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

  • This is just what I wanted from a fantasy traveling circus book.

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