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.
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To be honest, I was so sure that I will DNF this book because the first two chapters did not give me a good impression. But I’m glad I pushed through. I never thought that I enjoy it as much. Daughter of the Burning City reminds me of The Night Circus because of the writing style that is very descriptive, and also the theme of the book (festival, performance, and magic). However, I must say that I liked this book way better than The Night Circus. I gave it 3.75 stars, and here are the reasons why.
The things that I really like :
1. The characters.
Foody create such unique characters. For example, Sorina. The girl without eyes who can see. Or, Tree, who is half tree and half man. There are many characters in this story, however it is so easy to know them one by one because of the unique personality of the characters. This really add a whole new dimension to the story.
My favourite character must be Luca. I don’t want to say much about him, because I feel like I will spoil a lot of things if I tell you in details. But he is a type of person who is very straight forward, and I.love.it. Trust me, you will love him once you get to know him too. My second favorite must be Sorina. She loves her family so much, and she will do literally anything for her family. She is the type of person who is not scared to get embarrassed if that means her family is safe. Yeah, she is awesome like that.
2. The flow of the story and the plot twist.
The story is interesting, and it flows really great. There are some unpredictable plot twists that make this story is even more exciting. Foody is so creative!
What did not work for me :
As I said above, Daughter of the Burning City reminds me a bit of The Night Circus. No, of course it’s completely different story, but in my opinion it has almost the same feeling. I was not a fan of The Night Circus, but I did enjoy it though 🙂 Both of this book and The Night Circus has kind of the same writing style. Foody’s write this story descriptively in most parts, which is not my cup of tea. I know this is bad, but because of that reasons, I have to skimmed some pages through.
Deep down inside I really want to give 4 stars because I like the story. I enjoy it so much! But the fact that I skimmed through some pages, made me give it 3.75 stars. However, if you are a fan of The Night Circus, I think you will love this book. But even if you did not like The Night Circus, I still this book is worth the shot, and you get to know Luca hehehe ♥
If you ever read this book, I would love to hear your opinion!
Thank you so much for reading.