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Daughter of the Burning City

Title

Daughter of the Burning City

Authors

Amanda Foody

Publisher

Harlequin

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780373212439

Pages

384 pages

Genre

fantasy

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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 has always believed--until one of them is murdered. Sorina must find the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn't exist. Her search leads her to the gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance into sinister corners of the festival. But as the killer continues to murder Sorina's illusions, she must get to the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Adoption; Single parent; Family member death; Homosexuality; Bisexuality; adopted child; single father; death; grief; family tragedy; homosexual; bisexual; demisexual; same sex relationship

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single father

LGBTQ+

female/female

Keywords

hallucinations; illusions; carnivals; murder; mystery; circus

Diversity Impact

indirect

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