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.
My book club chose this book this month and I’m so glad I read it. Daughter of the burning city is so magical and creative. The writing was astounding and vivid. I loved every minute of this book. I went into it not knowing much about the book other than it revolved around a show, similar to a circus or carnival. I was so amazed by everything in the novel and completely blown away by how good it was.
Your MC Sorina who is an illusion worker, she can create real-life puppets, but they have there own personality and can make their own choices. When something strange starts happening, you see Sorinas illusions cant die, but one by one they are being found murdered. Sorina is desperate to find answers to what or who is killing her family.
Gomorrah Festival is home to many magical things. Sorina puts on a freak show with her illusions. Her father is the Proprietor, head of Gomorrah. Sorina hopes he can find who is murdering her family. When she comes across Luca, who helps her start putting together the pieces and soon they are thrown into complete chaos. You see Sorina and Luca go through hell to find out who is behind it all.
I don’t think I can do this book justice in this review, it was that good. It does have a bunch of diversity, which I thought was fantastic to incorporate into the novel. I genuinely had no idea what was happening the entire time through the novel, until they finally came out and said it. I was so shocked by the ending of the novel, you never truly see it coming.
Overall this is easily in my top 5 favorites this year. The writing was amazing, the creativity and imagery were just mind-blowing. It sort of had the AHS Season 4 vibes to it, but with way more magic to it. I went into this book not expecting to like it or love it, but I’m so glad I read it. I also recommend reading along with the audiobook as well. The narrator is amazing with all the voices.
Have you read Daughter of the Burning City? Did you enjoy it? What were some of your thoughts on it?