- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Young Adult (7 Sept. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848455445
- ISBN-13: 978-1848455443
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘I highly recommend this fantastical, wildly imagined thrill-ride of a story.’
Laurie Forest, author of The Black Witch
About the Author
Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. When she is not writing young adult fantasy about spectacle, extravagance, and prestige, she works as a tax accountant. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her many siblings and many books
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So let's start with plot stuff! It's super enjoyable and the world is interesting and well put together. I like how we see how little Sorina knows about both Gomorrah and the outside world, and how we learn along with her. I like all the characters of Gomorrah too. Sorina herself I am a little mixed about - she's a solid character with relatable angst, and I really liked how her having no eyes was dealt with! And her relationships with her family was lovely. But for me, while I liked her, I didn't love her. I wanted her to solve the mystery and sort her relationship but that's it.
Onto the mystery. I guessed the twists around Luca and Sorina about halfway through, but didn't the full aspect in terms of the mastermind. I felt a bit sad to be right, but that was more because I didn't want to be than disappointment in the storyline :)
I also love that the book is so inclusive - sexuality is casually irrelevant in many ways, a main character who is effectively disabled (though more in looks than ability, which I think does make it different).
And then finally, on to Luca. Who I need to mention for being special to me. 😍💙😍 I love everything about him except the twist (despite being a spoilers review I like to not completely ruin it!). Mostly the way he owns his approach to relationships, is honest about what he wants and while letting Sorina lead a bit, he also was good at stating boundaries (or lack of). And Sorina was respectful and understanding of him. And just 😍 everything about that was lovely, including Sorina coming to realise that he was moving from annoying to possibly cute lol! It made me super happy to see something different and supportive and inclusive and on it's own this would have got the book 5 stars hehe!!
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3 / 5
Daughter of the Burning City was a bold attempt to break out into the competitive YA circus-themed novel genre. I have read and adored The Night Circus and enjoyed last year's breakout novel Caraval, so I was looking forward to seeing what fresh ideas Foody had brought to the circus. And it was definitely novel, full of weirdness, but I think it was a bit too weird for my tastes. Definitely lots to enjoy here for the right reader though!
"I am Sorina Gomorrah, daughter of this city, and this is my destiny"
Sorina is the daughter of the proprietor of the Gomorrah Festival, a moving, constantly on fire circus that is more like a city, complete with uptown and downtown areas. Sorina's a pretty unique girl - she's has no eyes but can also somehow see (I never really got this, just how I never really got how Gomorrah is always smouldering, a lot of this book is a bit unexplained) and she's also an illusion-worker, the only one in living memory, and her creations are her bizarre family. Alongside her family, Sorina runs the Festival's Freak Show. I loved her creations, they were all so unique and I felt such attachment to them. Which made it hurt all the more when they started being killed off.
So on the one hand we have emotional, gritty Sorina searching for answers about her family. Her father seems to think that this is tied up with an Up-Mountainer (are they really up a mountain? who knows!) plot to murder someone important. Her new friend Luca, a gossip-worker and man of mysterious talents, seems to think otherwise. There's a lot going on here, and it's all definitely fun and action-packed, but it never really made much sense to me. Daughter of the Burning City has such an ambitious plot and worldbuilding packed into four hundred pages, that it does seem a little light on the details.
"At what point do my requests stop being opportunities to teach me some kind of lesson?"
I did like all the ideas in this book! You've got all these imaginative illusions of Sorina, the interweaving plots, the themes of persecution and being different, of family love and duty. There's also a fair smattering of tastefully done sexual diversity - bisexuality, a lesbian, and an asexual guy. Which is always nice. I did manage to guess the murderer pretty early on, so maybe there was a bit of lack of tension at the end for me.
Overall, I loved the wholesome illusion-family aspect. That was absolutely my favourite part of the book! Maybe the plot and the background was a bit confused, but Daughter of the Burning City was fun and ambitious, and I think Foody has a lot of potential as a writer!
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