Book Review: Daughter of The Burning City


Summery from Goodreads:

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 life like 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.


One of my favorite things about Daughter of the Burning City was the world building. The setting of this book, Gommorah, I found to be really intriguing and striking. The eeriness and mystery of all the tents and people were really fun. It’s written so well that imagining the creepiness in the atmosphere, like the lighting and smells of the carnival were really fun to bring to life.

Each of the characters were fascinating and were given great development throughout the book. The main character, Sorina, was relatable and was a great character to follow through the mystery of who was killing off her illusions. I really enjoyed how the illusions were written, each one so different from the others and greatly detailed.

The story itself of the book, the challenge of trying to find who or what was hurting the illusions was done really well. I wasn’t able to see any of the twists and turns which I really had a lot of fun with. The ending was really satisfying too which made it all tie together really well. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a great mystery in a fantasy surrounding!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.