Daughter of the Burning City was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed it! The book centres around illusionist Sorina who ‘sees without eyes’ and who has created a unique band of characters that have become her family. They perform nightly in the travelling Gomorrah festival, until one of them is suddenly killed. This is where the intrigue begins; how can an illusion die? Sorina sets out to solve the mystery and protect the rest of her family.
Amanda Foody has created a rich and complex world, with some incredible world-building and political backstory! From the first page, the atmosphere was so alive and I really felt drawn in to the Gomorrah Festival. Plus any book that describes food is a winner with me. Those liquorice cherries sound divine. The descriptions were all so vivid that I could totally see this being made into a movie; I think Tim Burton’s style would work particularly well!
I loved that this wasn’t a straightforward fantasy novel but a murder mystery as well. Whenever I would try to explain the premise of the book to other people, they would immediately become intrigued at the idea of circus illusions being murdered! The concept is excellent.
Foody did a great job of keeping me guessing; I thought I had figured out the twist around halfway through but I was wrong! Though I don’t mind not figuring out the culprit when the book is this good!
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is because it got a tiny bit confusing at times; the political background and the magic system were SO well developed that it got a little bit tricky in places. I will admit that this could be entirely my fault, I might just have been having a dense moment! However, I have seen other reviewers raising a similar point.
Overall, I’m very impressed with this one and would recommend it to readers who like their fantasy novels with a bit of a twist!
Has anyone else read this one? What did you think? Is anyone else as big a fan of circus books as I am?!