Series: Burning Glass #1
Release Date: 1st March 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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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.
I’ve been let down by yet another debut fantasy book. This is the third or fourth one this year and I’m seriously regretting requesting all of these books from the publishers. YA fantasy is the next big fad right now, and it makes sense that there are some duds hiding amongst the awesome, but right now I feel like it’s the other way around. I need to find something that kickstarts my reading again in terms of fantasy, because I’m feeling more than a little drained at the moment.
Firstly, the romance in this was awful. There was a hint of a love triangle and also some instalove. The two love interests are introduced in the second chapter, and it’s pretty obvious where it’s all going. The main character is secretly and subconsciously attracted to the dark and broody prince, which is a trope that I’m quickly getting sick of. I didn’t need romance in this book.
There is really nothing original about Burning Glass, I’m sorry to say. All of these tropes have been done over and over, and I think if you’re going to use certain ones then you had better have a good writing style and you had certainly better come up with a good story.
I pretty much fell asleep while reading this book past the 30% mark because it was just a repeat of itself and of other books in the genre. I’m incredibly disappointed. I imagine fantasy is a hard genre to debut in, when you take the amount of world-building and plot you need to keep the story going into consideration. Even Sarah J. Maas didn’t get it right first time. I didn’t think Throne of Glass was great. But still, I can’t help but consider this another below average series starter.
I won’t be continuing this series when the author releases more books, but I’d appreciate it if someone kept me updated on whether or not it’s decent. If it continues to improve, I might just read the summaries on Wikipedia. Or Recaptains, if someone writes them up.