Review: Shimmer and Burn

Title: Shimmer and Burn

Author: Mary Taranta

Date of Publication: August 8th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

My Review:

So, the first chapter in this book started out freaking amazing. I knew if the rest of the book continued on that type of track, it was going to be great! Things did derail, and it ended up just being okay for me.

The problem I had was I was kind of confused as to what was going on with the whole magic and addicts situation. I was more than a little lost with this world.

As for the characters, Bryn was actually a pretty great villain. I seriously had hate growing inside of me for this character. North was pretty awesome, and he was incredibly sweet. Faris… Faris… Faris… I don’t know. I didn’t like most of her decisions, and I just was not a big fan of hers, but I didn’t hate her.

There were some twists that I guessed before they occurred, but they were still decent. The ending has me wanting to continue on with the next book to see what happens! I think the next book has the potential to be better!


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9 thoughts on “Review: Shimmer and Burn

  1. I felt the same about this book. I really like the idea, but it felt a bit rushed and it a was bit confusing at times. I agree though that it seems well set up for a sequel!

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