Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie
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.
Publishes in US: March 1st 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: ya fantasy
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
Series? Burning Glass #1
Untitled (Burning Glass, #2) by Kathryn Purdief Expected publication: 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Buy it: HarperCollins, Barnes & Noble (including Nook, Amazon (including Kindle), IndieBound, iBooks Store. Indigo. The King’s English
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I wanted to read Burning Glass because I really liked the idea of her being so empathetic to other's feelings and the magic of how that works. Sonya sounds like a strong character, and a caring one, a duty to keep her land safe. The battle between the two brothers and her deciding which to trust and betray also really caught my attention. I know that I will have a hard time deciding which one as well.
However, it ended up not working for me. I didn't connect with Sonya, because she was feeling wolves, and it all felt chaotic. The world building left me confused, and I feel like it is just not the right fantasy for me. I did like the theme of friendship that seemed to drive her at the beginning, but between the wolves and the sickness hanging around, I wasn't really sure what was going on and what I should focus on.
That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.
Would you like to be able to know what other's are thinking or feeling?