reading period: March 24 to April 18
When I saw the cover image for this book on Edelweiss I immediately read the synopsis and knew I had to read it so immediately requested it. I we super pleased when my request was approved.
I gave this book a five star rating because the writing style, world building and character development were amazing and kept you hooked from cover to cover. As well as the fact that I will read the book again and am eagerly awaiting the next installment, and, will both recommend the book to others as well as buy it as a gift for an one I know who I think will enjoy the book. The only reason it took me nearly a month to read it was because I was reading it along side several other books.
I loved the premises of this book that the “prized” ones in the society were those
who were born with the ability to feel what people around them’ feel physically and emotionally. This “prized” status had led to Sonya being in hiding for most of her life as well as her family being killed. It was fascinating to find out about aura seers and how difficult it is for them to control their powers, and the problems it can cause when their not controlled fully.
Sonya was a fantastic character who was well developed and easy to connect with. In the story you saw her go from a child in a orphanage (training school) being trained ready for being a sovereign Auraseer, to a sovereign auraseer at the Palace then to a member of a group along with Anton (the Prince) and her Old friend Tosya Pashkov (a Romanska gypsy, poet) fighting for Independence. I loved seeing Sonya learning to control her untamed powers while also learning how to be a sovereign auraseer and who she can trust in her new home. The added element for Sonya of being able to feel what others (human and animal) felt at the point of their death was a very interesting one. Her character was developed just enough so I was able to connect with her on many levels but not so much that there wasn’t room for her to develop further in future books.
Anton the empires crowned prince was a very strong determined and mysterious character who was devastated by the death of his mother. He was a very well developed and believable character who was easy to connect with due to his innate weaknesses especially in connection to his love for Sonya. I loved the way that when he and Sonya were travelling through Royal City on their way to the Palace and she couldn’t cope with all the people’s feelings she was bombarded with he made her focus on him so she could try to control her power, but not only did he do that but he also unhooked one of the horses from the troika so they could ride back to the Palace. Anton’s development throughout the book was fantastic but the author still left plenty of room for him to develop more in future books.
The emperor, was a well developed and very flawed as well as damaged character who I initially couldn’t connect with. But as soon as it became clear how devastated he was about his mothers death as well as how insecure he was about the fact that he was sent away for his own safety as a child he became a little easier to connect with. Having said that I never really liked him much as a person especially the way he used his position to take advantage of some of the women, including Sonya, in the Palace.
I felt that the world was developed enough for the first book of a trilogy as I was able to understand how the society worked and what was expected of the different members of society, while there still being room for it to be developed further in future books. This was the case even more towards the end of the book when the fight for independence began because it was obvious that the post empire world would be able to be explored further.
About the Author
Kathryn lives in Salt Lake City Utah with her husband and three children. She is a classically trained actress, trained at the Oxford School of Drama and she was inspired to write her debut trilogy Burning Glass while she was recovering from donating a kidney to her older brother.
If any of you have read this book, what did you think of it?