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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars
“Do you never take responsibility for your own emotions?” he asked.
“They far too often belong to someone else.”
This book took a long time to get interesting.
Sonya was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. She seemed to have no backbone at all, and had absolutely no idea what were her feelings compared to what she was feeling from other people! Talk about allowing people to walk all over her, and not sticking up for herself at all.
The storyline in this was about Sonya being taken to be the Emperor’s Auraseer, even though she didn’t particularly want to, but the pace just dragged, and I really lost interest. We also got a bit of a love triangle going on with Sonya, the Emperor and the Emperor’s brother.
The ending to this was probably the best part of the book because Sonya suddenly became a much stronger character, and actually seemed to be taking charge of the situation for a change.
6 out of 10