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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 has 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. 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 her loved ones disappear.
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By Amazon Customer on 02-19-18
Interesting down to the last word.
The story was fun to imagine from the start. magic, illusions, and a world less explored. The murder mystery carries it own weight. the character are all fun to learn about. the twists were worth the wait.
By Cody Konior on 11-15-17
Difficult to review
The narrator did an excellent job but the story felt a little like a 3.5/5.
The first hour of the book moves so fast I had to go back and start again - way too many characters and their strange names are introduced to keep track of. Even then by the end of the book I felt there were two major characters and it was unclear who they were.
Also with a young protagonist sometimes the book felt - annoying, with their young and naive perspective.
The REST of the book was really good though which means it’s difficult to recommend for or against. I’m not sure if I regret buying it or not. I’d err on the side of not - but - I strongly hope for improvements in the writing style of any sequel.