Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of the Burning City

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event which aims to shines a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Release Date: July 25th 2017

Daughter of the Burning City

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a travelling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smouldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the travelling 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 thatβ€”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.

Literally all I needed to read in the blurb was that this book is set in a ‘travelling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires’ and it was an instant add to my to-read list. Like Caraval and The Night Circus I love books that take circuses and carnivals, add a little magic, and create a unique world I would love to explore for myself. This sounds like it’s going to be an instant favourite of mine and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


What do you think of Daughter of the Burning City? Is it a must on your to-read list, or are there any other books you can’t wait for the release date of? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Waiting on Wednesday as well.

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39 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of the Burning City

  1. Carnival, you say? Count me in. The blurb already has me caught. After The Night Circus and Caraval, I have become circus/carnival trash. I will literally read anything with a circus in it now LOL

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    1. That was pretty much the first and only thing I saw before knowing I needed this book on my to-read list. Yeah The Night Circus and Caraval have turned me into circus/carnival trash too, unfortunately there aren’t that many books that feature circuses in them. πŸ™‚

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      1. There really aren’t are there? That’s so disappointing. I’m grateful for the ones we have though! They usually turn out well. I’m excited to see what the next carnival/circus themed book will be πŸ˜‰

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  2. I saw this cover floating around NetGalley and didn’t stop to look at the blurb but now I wish I had because this sounds like it’s going to be good. I’m so glad you picked this one this week, Beth! Otherwise, I might have never known what it was about. I’ve still yet to read a book set in a carnival (though I do hope to get to TNC soon, either before or after I read ACOWAR) but I really like how this sounds. Plus, anything that mentions forbidden romance piques my interest instantly because that might just be one of my favorite romance tropes. I am definitely adding this to my TBR! And it seems like it’s going to be a standalone so yay for another fantasy standalone. 😁β™₯

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    1. Yeah someone else said the same about this book. I didn’t see it on NetGalley but I spotted it in GR and just couldn’t resist the cover. It sounds amazing doesn’t it? I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on this book when it’s released.
      Ha, glad I could be of help in that case then. I would say if you’re looking to start a book set in a carnival start with The Night Circus because it is the best of the best, but this one does sound pretty amazing as well, guess we’ll just have to read and discover for ourselves! πŸ˜€
      Yeah we need more fantasy standalones, and maybe more forbidden romance as well. That’s a trope I enjoy reading too! πŸ˜€ ❀

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      1. I check NetGalley way too often. Even though I’m on a ban I swear I find myself looking through whatever they’ve added at least once a day. πŸ˜‚
        This one really does sound amazing. And I definitely plan on starting with The Night Circus. I’m not letting myself read any other carnival book until I read that one. Which, it’s not looking like I’ll get to it before ACOWAR but soon. I have it checked out from my library and everything. 😊
        We definitely more of both!

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      2. I check it at least once a day as well. I can’t help myself, even when I’m on a ban as well I still check.
        The Night Circus is the best of the best in my opinion, it will ruin you for all over circus/carnival books but it’s so brilliant I think you’ll really love it. Oh that’s a shame, but yeah ACOWAR has got to come first hasn’t it? πŸ™‚

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      3. I feel like I keep checking because I’m waiting for the second Gilded Cage book to pop up on there. I know Tarnished City is being released in September and I’m definitely requesting it the second it pops up on NetGalley. πŸ™ˆ
        Yep, ACOWAR comes first. I’m going into my reading hole the moment it appears on my Kindle. I have a feeling I won’t be able to stop reading it for anything.

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      4. I’ll be seeing if I can request it as well, if they release a UK ARC on NetGalley because I can’t wait to get my hands on that book! πŸ˜€
        I need to wait for my physical book to arrive, but I may end up buying a Kindle copy to read as well because I just can’t wait! πŸ˜€

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  3. OOOOH, this cover is absolutely gorgeous! It sounds super interesting too! Not sure if I’d be into a carnival book or not but I might have to give this book a chance because my goodness is it pretty! πŸ˜€

    -Amber

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    1. I definitely agree with you there, and here’s hoping the book ends up being as interesting as it sounds right? πŸ™‚
      Well if you do end up giving it a chance I hope you really enjoy it. Maybe it’ll convince you to pick up more carnival books! πŸ™‚

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  4. OOOOH, this cover is absolutely gorgeous! It sounds super interesting too! Not sure if I’d be into a carnival book or not but I might have to give this book a chance because my goodness is it pretty! πŸ˜€

    -Amber

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    1. It definitely is, the cover was a huge draw for me when it came to adding this book to my to-read list. πŸ™‚ Ah, see it was the carnival aspect that made me so excited for this book, but I hope you end up enjoying it no matter what! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah the cover is what caught my eye first as well. It was so gorgeous I just couldn’t resist checking out what it was about. I only saw it for the first time recently but I can understand why it’s been around GR and Twitter, I imagine there are a fair few people excited for this book! πŸ™‚

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  5. Beth! Can I just start by saying that when your post popped up on my Reader I got so excited! LOL! usually they appear when I’m on my underground commute home but can’t comment back ANYWAYS! YESSS on this weeks pick! β€˜travelling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires’ caught my eye as well haha! I love the (with the exception of Water for Elephants) every circus book I’ve read and the stranger the better. This one has creep factor which is a +++ ;0)

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    1. I actually posted this one a little earlier than I normally would, just because I finished replying to comments a little earlier this evening. It’s kind of strange hearing you say you’re on the underground commute home because for me it’s late evening here, makes it seem like you work until really late at night! πŸ™‚
      Anyways, yes the second I saw this book I knew I had to feature it as a Waiting on Wednesday pick. It sounds like it will be something I love because every circus book I’ve read I’ve loved, and after The Night Circus I’m always on the look out for more like it in that aspect. Here’s hoping this ends up being one we both enjoy! πŸ˜€ ❀

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      1. lol that’s right, our time differences do make it odd πŸ˜‚ this one looks like it’s going to have gay creepy Circus vibe. I’m also hoping we both enjoy it 🀞🏼🀞🏼🀞🏼

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