Review: "Burning Glass" (Burning Glass, #1) by Kathryn Purdie

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 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.



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. ;)

About the author:

Kathryn’s love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. In high school and college, Kathryn focused on acting, poetry, guitar, and extensive journal writing. Years later, when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her brother, inspiration for her first novel struck. She’s been writing darkly fantastical stories ever since. Her debut novel, BURNING GLASS, releases winter 2016 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

Twitter: @kathrynpurdie