*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
Let me just go ahead and shout this out….I LOVED THIS BOOK! I couldn’t put it down! However, I am not happy but still excited that it’s going to be a trilogy.
So this book follows Sonya who, after a tragic accident is chosen to be the Soverign auraseer for the Emperor. Sonya has 8 months of training under her belt and feels the burden of such a task as feeling other people’s emotions/auras in order to sense danger toward the Emperor.
Sonya is a very complicated character. There were a few times I was confused and felt she cried too much BUT I still REALLY enjoyed how complicated as a person she was. There was some slow character development which was great! She was faulty, strong yet weak-which was relatable, she was kind and overall good. Again, I did really enjoy the complexity of this character.
The Emperor was fun to read about. I expected more…..evil from him. From
the way Anton; his brother, made him out to be I kept waiting for heinous things to happen. However I pictured him, a pretty boy who acted like a spoiled child. He was still very interesting to contemplate and figure out. I expected him to be more ruthless; which he was but at the same time…not.
Anton was flat out amazing. Talk about everything swoon worthy in a male character! SHEESH! I loved him from the get-go. So mysterious, brooding, gentle, sweet *sigh* amazing. He has everything worthy of being the emperor and a great leader. I loved the complicated relationship with Anton and all the other big characters.
The romance is this was exhausting. LOVED the dynamics between Anton and Sonya. I loved the complication between other characters. I overall was pleased with romance.
Overall I loved the book, I loved the complicated storyline and characters I loved that it was completely clean and you won’t be able to put it down. I loved the creepy feelings I got with certain aspects of this story. I am definitely excited about this new author and this trilogy.
Sexual Content: mild (lots of kissing)
Violence: moderate (talk of self-inflicted pain, fighting)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild (social drinking)