Title: Burning Glass
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Pub: March 2016
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) – it’s okay
ARC received/won through contest. Thank you, Epic Reads, for this opportunity
Seventeen year old Sonya has been pushed into a life she’s been hiding from her whole life. The empire, Riaznin, uses girls with her abilities to protect the crown. After an unfortunate event at the convent she was living at, Sonya must now become the next sovereign Auraseer for the emperor. Forces from all around test her resolve, her willpower, and most of all her skill.
Burning Glass has a really interesting premise. Here’s this teenager who has the ability to feel what others feel, physically and emotionally. Her ability is even greater than other auraseers, which has outcasted her from the already marginalized group.
From the first few scenes of the novel, I knew that I was going to have a hard time liking Sonya. Unfortunately, Sonya came off as whiny, very annoying, and very unappreciative considering her experiences.
I read the whole book, but I feel like I don’t know anything about Sonya. She has very little characterization beyond her powers and the weird love/power struggle that is at the forefront of the plot aka the supposed love triangle between Sonya, Prince Anton, and Emperor Valko.
I was looking forward to some palace or political intrigue, but it fell short of that. Sure, there’s a revolution stirring, but that’s it. It felt like that’s all the readers got to see – the stirring, from the surface. Very far away from whatever was really happening.
In hindsight I don’t even know what the main conflict is. The story moved along according to the tension and conflict that arose from the ‘love’ triangle, but even that didn’t make sense to me.
Whatever it was, Burning Glass fell flat to me. I didn’t love it, which is unfortunate because it’s the first book in a proposed trilogy. Maybe the next one will be more interesting…?
Reading Discretion: there are numerous references to self-harm and self-inflicted violence and/or pain. If you have any specific questions pertaining to this, leave a comment or email me.