[ARC Review] Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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 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 Sonia’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.


What a magical and awe-inspiring story. I loved every bit of it, the strange, quirky, yet memorable illusions, the magical world building and the main character, Sorina. This book is dark and twisted. Everything at first seems fine and normal but when Sonia's illusions start dying, things start turning dark. Each illusion is brought to life, literally, through the pages. The reader can understand each illusion's personality and importance to Sorina. 

One thing I look forward to in the final copy of Daughter of the Burning City is the sketches of each illusions and the killers remarks about each one. I find this very unique and I can't wait to see the sketches of each illusion. I must say, the killer's remarks are quite direct. A subtle yet very observant detail of each illusion. 

The revelations are crushing and unexpected. 

I really enjoyed this one. I have yet to read a book that has carnival like elements and I'll look for more books with this element to read. I highly recommend Daughter of the Burning City for it's wholly unique premise and dark and twisted tale.

Overall I would give Daughter of the Burning City 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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1 comment:

  1. Ooh, then I'm excited to read this one! I was very lucky to get an ARC of this as there weren't many and I missed Amanda's signing so I really want to read it!! Especially now!