Monday, 11 September 2017

Cover Spotlight Monday: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Hi guys! I'm back with more regarding Daughter of the Burning City today because wow I just love this book (so far, ha, I'm still reading) and the cover is too pretty not to spotlight.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Seriously though, what a cover. I love so many things about it. First of all, maybe a little superficially, but I just love the two toned purple background. Purple is my favourite colour and so I'm always very quickly drawn to purple books. Second, the gold hat and filigree. This really does just evoke such a magical feeling, and instantly draws me into what the book is about. Magic, the circus, supernatural. It draws me in. It makes me want to know more about the world I'm about to step foot into.

The lettering is just exquisite and I'm not sure what it reminds me more of. On one hand I feel like it's supposed to be chalk letters, evoking a feeling of the travelling circus, headlines and dates changing rapidly with every town they visit. But it also reminds me eerily of bone and draws me into the murder mystery side of the book, wondering who might become a victim, what the consequences might be, and who the villain ultimately is.

Most importantly I love the tagline. Who is wicked? Or what? Which city will burn? And why? So many questions and all the answers just waiting to be revealed once the beautiful cover is pulled back. Moreover, what exactly is this beautiful cover hiding? A dark and sinister tale perhaps. Only time, and reading, will tell...

What do you think of the cover of Daughter of the Burning City? As always do feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf


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