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Review: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

March 1st, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Source: Received for review

Publication date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

My Review:

This book sounded amazing and I really wanted to read it especially after seeing someone whose taste I really trust comparing it to Maria V. Snyder (whom I love!). Sadly while not a bad book it never really pulled me in.

I think the main problem was the heroine. I initially sympathized with Sonya for having this out of control power and the horrifying consequences of her power at the beginning of the book. However, as the story went on she began to irritate me. I didn’t feel like there was much growth to her character through out the book and I honestly found it hard to see what Anton saw in her. Their relationship was just a bit too insta-love for my tastes and I didn’t feel the chemistry between the two.

The story line itself was intriguing though and the idea of auraseers had so much potential so it was disappointing the heroine couldn’t deliver. Not sure I will bother reading book 2.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Kailana

    That is really too bad this didn’t work for you because it sounds good!

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