Daughter of the Burning City

Daughter of the Burning City

3.68 (6,579 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.68 (6,579 ratings by Goodreads)

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From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of All of Us Villains.

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. 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 her loved ones disappear.
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 241 x 162 x 34mm | 620g
  • Harlequin
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0373212437
  • 9780373212439
  • 124,831

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"Wow! A dark and dangerous tale, a world like no other and heroism of the weirdest kind!" -New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce

"Utterly original. Amanda Foody has a wicked imagination. If you enjoy your fantasy on the darker side, then you will love Gomorrah!" -Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

"Amanda Foody's stunning debut is full of velvety language, intricate worldbuilding, and a story that treads the fine line of horror and fantasy. This is the kind of read that makes your spine shiver, and your heart beat faster." -Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

"I love the vivid, sumptuous world Amanda Foody has created: Sorina's magic, her illusionary family and the Gomorrah Festival make for a wildly inventive mystery I won't soon forget." -Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter series

"Magic, murder, and mayhem abound in Foody's debut." -Kirkus

"The richly drawn backdrop and imaginative fantasy world allow the author to thoughtfully explore complex issues such as what makes someone real and how we should treat people who are different." -School Library Journal

"Amanda Foody's deliciously dark and magical whodunit has world-building so rich, the reader (like visitors to Gomorrah) is likely to leave with a hangover." -Shelf Awareness

"Debut author Foody's colorful setting is vast-filled with magic, political intrigue, and the potential to grow." -Publishers Weekly

"Gomorrah makes for a fantastic, magical setting, a seedy mix of titillation and sin... Readers who enjoyed their whirl in Garber's Caraval will want to get in line for entry to Gomorrah." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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6,579 ratings
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4 40% (2,650)
3 29% (1,885)
2 8% (549)
1 2% (148)
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