Review of Burning Glass

Thursday, 10 March 2016
'Tis the year of the epic Imperial Russia-inspired fantasies. (And I couldn't be happier.)

Book: Burning Glass

Author: Kathryn Purdie

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: 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. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always 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 charming-yet-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.

Review: It was really good. Like, really, really good. Like, I-can't-wait-a-whole-year-for-the-sequel good.

I liked Sonya as the character. She was complex and developed throughout the book. I felt bad for her (especially in the beginning when everything sort of went to hell). I also really liked her relationship with Anton. (To be honest, the only thing Burning Glass needed more of was Anton because he is so swoon-worthy!!!!!)

And THAT. WORLD. BUILDING. THOUGH. A++!!! It was so, so good, and so well-developed that it made reading this book that much more enjoyable. (I'm a sucker for a good fantasy world.) All the praise to Kathryn Purdie and her phenomenal writing!!!

Yes, there is a love triangle, but I don't really care whether or not there's a love triangle in a book, and I shipped her with only one of the men, so I was completely fine with it. Also, both of the men are different, so it's not like she's choosing between two guys with the same personality and similar features.

Burning Glass is definitely one of the best fantasies I've read in a while. It's like candy: you eat it all up in a really short time period and then you're left waiting a year for the sequel.

***Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinions were in no way influenced.


  1. I've started this one and I'm not so sure about it. So far, I'm disliking it mainly because of Sonya. I'm really struggling to sympathize with her, even though I understand her situation. I think I'll still continue with it because it seems like a lot of people liked it. But I am loving the world building :)

    - Eli @ The Silver Words

    1. I'm so sorry to hear that Eli. :( I hope you end up liking it in the end! :)


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