Arc Review Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie


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.

Jan Review

This book is an emotional roller coaster but with good reason the main character is cursed with the ability to sense others auras and the world she lives in believes she was born to serve.  Sonya by no means wants to serve the emperor in fact she hid for as long as she could to avoid her future.  When she is forced to the palace and becomes even more surrounded by emotions this brilliant author turns up the romance side to the point where you are drowning in it.

This is a very long book and i got worried when i saw several reviews that said the romance was heavy handed and really muddled the story, but i did not get that i felt the romance actually was more based on the political back story that the author was trying to share with us.  This is not a romance it about a country trying to rebel and caught up in this rebellion is our heroic Soyna and as a result of being forced to serve in the palace and her curse she gets wrapped up in the lives of the two princes and you ache for the pain of them both.

I had tears streaming down my face at the end as a key character you get come to love life is snuffed out with barley a thought.  You really hope that the character survives, their a lot to this story and i definitely recommend a light read after as the intensity of the story will leave you in a slump for a while.  Outstanding job Kathryn Purdie and look forward to more from these characters.

I tweeted with the author while i read this story and you find all those tweets by search #BurningGlass


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