Mar 14, 2016

Review: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Title: Burning Glass
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publication Date: 3.1.2016
Series: Burning Glass #1
Source:  ARC from publisher
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 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 is AMAZING.

Brilliantly written with complex characters and rich dialogue, it absolutely sucked me in and simply would not stop.

Sonya is a beautiful heroine; I loved her from her very rocking start to the book where she nearly got herself killed and definitely got a dozen other people killed because she couldn't control this power gift/curse. Her empath abilities made you love her - her internal struggle drove the entire book. She is everything you could want in a hero.

Admittedly, I went back and forth between Anton and Valko. From the synopsis it seems like Valko is the evil brother and whole he definitely has his flaws, he's more of a Damon Salvatore (Vampire Diaries) villain - you want him to be better and learn and change. But Anton is no slouch, and I'll take whichever brother Sonya doesn't want.

Or we can share. I'm good either way girl.

Make sure you check out this amazing debut from Kathryn Purdie!


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