review · Uncategorized

Mini Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody


Goodreads 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.

Published: July 25th, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars


I really enjoyed this. I am looking forward to getting a finished copy so I can see the artwork inside. I think that could a lot more to the story. I love Sorina. I follow Amanda on twitter and she described Sorina and I felt like she was describing me minus one small difference you’ll be able to catch if you read this. But, I think that’s why I connected with her so much, I saw myself in her (as much as any 28 year old mother can see herself in a teenage illusion worker). The characters are all unique and special. I love all of the “freaks” and Kahina. I think I have a thing for fantasy traveling circus type books because they seem to have really great detail and the worlds are always cool ( see also: Caraval and The Night Circus) . There’s romance, mystery, betrayal, magic, and some adventure. It’s got a little bit of everything. There wasn’t much I didn’t like. There was a few spots where it was a little slow but overall I like it. I would definitely recommend.

Have you read any books with traveling circuses? I would love to read more. Let me know!

5 thoughts on “Mini Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

      1. Do people have small TBRs? lol I really thought it was unique. The cover grabbed me at first and then a traveling festival instantly sold me to read it.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s