Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

A weekly feature created at Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday features upcoming releases that bloggers are excited about.  You can find out more here.

My pick this week is the fantastic-sounding Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie.

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Image and description 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.


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To me this book is very reminiscent of The Sin Eater's Daughter which is a story I absolutely adored. I know some people may call it cliche but I absolutely adore royal love triangles, and  I will always read a book described as including betrayal because how many 'feels' does that single word conjure? A lot. So just think about how many the book itself may contain. Anyone who knows me knows I much prefer scenes revolving around grief and anger, betrayal and hurt, as opposed to mushy romance scenes. Yes I adore love triangles, but mostly because of the angst they bring (Why do you think The Infernal Devices is one of my favourite trilogies?).

Add in a strong heroine with the weight of the world on her shoulders who must learn to trust in herself, 'threats of revolution', and awesome otherworldly powers and you have conjured yourself a book that I will most definitely read. Not to mention the cover which is just gorgeous in so many ways!

Burning Glass sadly doesn't publish until March 1st 2016 by the fabulous Harper Collins, but as you can see I am very much counting down the hours until I can get a copy of this epic fantasy.

Thanks for reading!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

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