Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

3 stars

Reviewed by Hannah.

Dark. Fantastical. Interesting.

Ms. Foody has spun a tale of large and shadowy proportions. The heroine (if we can call her that) is a performer in the Gomorrah Festival; a traveling carnival that is proud of its evilness. In fact, their motto is: Wicked, wicked to the core,the city will burn forevermore.

Sorina has an unique talent, even in her extremely diverse world; she can create illusions that you can feel, smell, and believe. But, they are figments of her imagination, of course. Or so she thinks, until one of them is brutally murdered.

The amazing world building and thought put into this book is evident as Ms. Goody's characters dash around in an extremely complicated and sometimes confusing quest.

I would warn, there is some strong language, I counted at least 20 instances of objectionable words. And one of Sorina's illusions is lesbian. But other then that, the book wasn't extremely offensive.

Sorina's family of illusions are very mismatched and odd. If you liked Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, you would certainly enjoy these crazy characters. I certainly felt sadness when they began to be murdered one by one.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. I give it a 3 out of 5. While it wasn't my favorite book, I think I would read it again.