The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio
(Smoke and Mirrors, #1)
Publication date: July 19th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.
Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.
Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?
Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?
One signed paperback of THE FADING DUSK &
One signed paperback of THE SIGHT SEER
I’ve received an ecopy of this books in exchange for an honest review.
Just so we’re clear, I’m not a big fan of YA stories, but I love a challenge, which means I like reviewing books outside my comfort zone. Also, I love a good fantasy story.
That being said, the YA elements didn’t prevent me from enjoying the book. Moreover, the fantasy elements were great as were the many twists and turns in the plot. The characters were well-written and the story flowed in a fast pace, which contributed to my enjoyment.
Bearing in mind this is the first book of a saga, I understood why the author has chosen to leave out details of the background story and agreed with her. As frustrating as it is having to wait, I like when an author doesn’t spoon-feed his or her audience. I enjoy putting my brain cells to good use when it comes to figuring out a story.
Hope we can read the next installment soon because I’m eager to learn how the story will unfold.