Series: Burning Glass #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books (2016)
Hardcover (512 pages)
Reading Challenges: Read 2016
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. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always 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 charming-yet-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.
So I really, really wanted to love Burning Glass. The concept of auraseers is intriguing. I really liked the first few chapters. They were action-packed and interesting.
Then Sonya got to the palace and things slowed down. Sonya had trouble telling what her emotions were and what emotions were not her own.
She might have feelings for Prince Anton but then she might just be mirroring others emotions. That, coupled with Anton doing his best to avoid her leaves Sonya confused.
Sonya also has to deal with overwhelming emotions when dealing with Emperor Valko. Her feelings on that front are strong when he is near Sonya and unwelcome when she is away from him. That is only slightly interesting.
And, yet, I got completely bored. I found that I didn’t care about Sonya. I was bored with the admittedly creepy triangle with the royal brothers. Even with revolution brewing, I was bored.
Therefore, I made the hard decision to DNF this novel two-thirds of the way through, at page 339. I was confused a bit, but, more so, I was bored. And so I stopped reading.