Daughter of the Burning City Review:
This was a very enjoyable read for me, even more than I was originally expecting, I ended up really loving this book. It’s a high suspenseful “whodunnit” mystery that mostly kept me guessing throughout the story.
The concept of this story is what caught me from the very beginning, having a girl who has no eyes who creates illusions that make up her family being killed off. I think at first I was expecting the Gomorrah festival t play a bigger part of the story than it really did, though I’m not complaining. Gomorrah is more of a traveling city of magicians, thieves, and sex workers instead of the “performers” that you would think of. I’m my opinion I think the inspiration of a “dark carnival” was really well done, I don’t think you should go into this story expecting a story of circus performers. Normally I like learning about the books before I go in, but I’m glad that I didn’t go into this knowing much, which I think is the way to go with this book.
I just feel in love with the characters, Sorina was such an enjoyable character, I love how she was willing to do anything to protect her family and finding out who was responsible. I also felt that she was a relatable character, she worries if she can meet her father’s expectations for her future, and coping with her own insecurities of being a “freak”.
Luca has officially made the list as my newest book boyfriend, he’s an adorable and aloof character that’s easy to fall in love with. His character strikes an interesting balance between the typical arrogant bad boy love interest with a dark past and a genuinely compassionate character.
Her family consists of such interesting characters who each unique in their own way, every time one of them was killed I wanted to cry. I was expecting them to play a bigger role in the story then they did, I also sometimes felt like we didn’t know them well enough.
I feel like there is still so much more to explore in this world, the Gomorrah festival, and with the characters, that I really hope that at some point the author writes another book in this world, maybe following one of the family members.