Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
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
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
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.
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.
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This book has been on my TBR list since October 2015, when the debut covers of all 2016 books were released. While the cover was eerie and one of the many I loved, I didn't know what to expect when I started reading the book. A love tirangle? A heroine too swept from her old life to the point of becoming cliche?
But no. I was quite amazed when the plot thickened and Sonya proved to be a character I liked very much.
In a nutshell, the story is about Sonya, a girl who is also an Auraseer. As the name implies she can sense the feelings of everyone and everything around her. That's quite terrifying not to mention that it can easily drive you mad. From the beginning of the book we have an action scene that causes Sonya to cerry quite an emotional burden through almost the entire book.
Add in Emperor Valko and his brother Anton and then you have conspiracy, politcal alliances and romance. Some bloggers had implied that there was indeed a love triangle here. But to my opinion it was more a manipulation effort from one of the above male characters. (hehe I don't spoil)
Another part I liked was the worldbuilding. I have read quite the books so far which had an amazing worldbuilding, mythology to accompany it and a map. With hints of Russian influence I liked this book since in a tiny bit it reminded me of the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
I would recommend this book if you want angst and romance while at the same time you carve a good reading. ;)
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