Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody


Title: Daughter of the Burning City
Author: Amanda Foody
Date: July 25th 2017
Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Daughter of the Burning City is Amanda Foody’s debut novel. The story centers Sorina, a sixteen-year-old girl without eyes, but who can see,  and daughter of the proprietor of Gomorrah, a carnival city said to burn forever because of a curse that had befallen on it.

Sorina is the only illusion worker born in a long time and her illusions are her family. However, they’re only illusion, they won’t age or die. Until one of them is killed and she has to find the murderer in order to protect her family.

Obviously the first illusion I was attached to had to be the one to die first. This is my luck. But I loved all of them. The family dynamics in this book were addicting, I could relate to them very much and I loved how united they were.

I found this book enticing: Gomorrah, its people, its curse. The city is a place that will enchant you, and the mysteries of it will make you more and more curious about the people living there.

I loved Sorina and Luca as well.

The two are funny together. They both consider themselves freaks because their abilities are unique but I loved their uniqueness. Sorina cares deeply about her family, she would do anything for them, even kidnapping someone. Meanwhile Luca has a secret past he doesn’t like to share and I couldn’t stop myself from loving his witty responses and his character.

The writing style was really good, the plot full of twists. I had several suspects about who could be the murderer, but every few chapters something new broke my suspicions. And only from the last part of the book you could understand who the real culprit was.

I highly enjoyed this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This is my first carnival book, because I haven’t read both The Night Circus and Caraval, but if you like this kind of setting, then you should read it.



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About the author

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY is her first novel. Her second, ACE OF SHADES, will follow in April 2018.


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