Daughter of the Burning City

Wicked, wicked to the core,
The city will burn forevermore

A YA dark fantasy stand-alone of carnivals and murder…
2018-2019 North Carolina High School Library Association YA Book Award Nominee

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in unnamed-2the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

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.

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Content Warnings: high violence/death, mild drug content, mild sexual content

Daughter of the Burning City is available at…

United States
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United Kingdom
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DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY is available in audio book format, as well as in the following countries:

United States/Canada


New Zealand

United Kingdom

Praise for Daughter of the Burning City

“Foody’s stunning debut is full of velvety language, intricate worldbuilding, and a story that treads the fine line of horror and fantasy. This is the kind of read that makes your spine shiver, and your heart beat faster.” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestelling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN

“Utterly original. Amanda Foody has a wicked imagination. If you enjoy your fantasy on the darker side, then you will love Gomorrah!” – Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL

“Wow! A dark and dangerous tale, a world like no other and heroism of the weirdest kind!” – Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

“The world of Daughter of the Burning City is astoundingly vivid and complex, the smells, sounds, and sights of the smoldering city/traveling carnival near tangible. Amanda Foody’s deliciously dark and magical whodunit has world-building so rich, the reader (like visitors to Gomorrah) is likely to leave with a hangover.” – Shelf Awareness

“I love the vivid, sumptuous world Amanda Foody has created: Sorina’s magic, her illusionary family, and the Gomorrah Festival make for a wildly inventive mystery I won’t soon forget.” – Virginia Boecker, author of THE WITCH HUNTER series

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