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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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I have received an Advanced Reader's Copy
of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Daughter of the Burning City
 by Amanda Foody

Sorina lives in the travelling city of Gomorrah, a dark and stormy place home to freak shows, fortune tellers and magic.  She is an illusion worker, able to create people from her thoughts.  She was adopted at a young age by the Proprietor of Gomorrah, destined to take his place one day.

Sorina is the master of The Gomorrah Festival Freak Show, the show that she has created from her illusions.  There is tree, a lumbering, bark-covered being Sorina created when she was three.  Hawk, born as a little sister but with wings and talons.  Unu and Du, Siamese twins who play music and bicker continuously.  These and other of Sorina's imaginings make up her family.

But Gomorrah is not accepted in all parts of this land.  There is talk of war and rebellion.  And when Sorina's illusions start dying, she is left to figure out how in a world of magic, creatures that aren't supposed to be real, can die.

Daughter of the Burning City is an engaging story of magic and family.  I did have a hard time imagining the world that Foody has created.  This book is for fantasy lovers who are in high school.  I have ordered it for the library, but would warn those who check it out that the violence can be quite dark.

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