Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.
This is propably one of the best books I have read so far! 10/10 Points for that. first of all take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this cover. I mean look at these colors and how real the smoke around the letters looks. It’s not only magnificent but does also fit to the story of the book. As y’all know I prefer reading fantasy books over any other genre so it’s no wonder at all that I often read stories that have similarities to other books I’ve read before. Well, no book that I already held in my hands is anything like this book! The setting is really special, I needed throughout half of the book to fully understand what exactly Gomorrah is. It is not only a Festival of debauchery but also a town, a moving town! How cool is that?! And it gets even better when we take a look at the characters. First of all there is Sorina, a strong, young girl who loves her family and friends and would propably do everything for them even tho she made them up. She is a really strong character and tries to stay true to herself which is sometimes not too easy regarding what tragedies happen to her and her family. Her family. Sorina is an Illusion worker, a very strong one, and she made up all of her family, that is why they all have some abnormalities, but they all have a will of their own and show that often enough! Besides Sorina and her family we meet a lot of Gomorrahs inhabitants, like Luca, and they all are framed pretty detailed and well. Due to that fact I had the feeling to be a part of Gomorrah myself, walking around these people. But not only the characters are a masterpiece, also the plot itself is. At the beginning of the book we get to know Sorina and her family and after that the action starts pretty fast, as one of her family gets murdered. Of corse this is super hard for Sorina and you get a good insight of her emotions. Fastly she starts investigating to find out who the muderer is which brings her deep into a net of lies and she soon starts to discover things she wouldnt have thought possible. The tension builds up throught the whole book and ist never boring. In the end, when the tenions breaks I was really shocked cuz I would have never ever expected what happened. This book was a rollercoaster of emotions and I really can only recommend everyone to read it!