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?
~ Review by Jessica ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was immediately interested in this book. The synopsis is intriguing, and the cover is gorgeous! And while some of it was great, some of it kind of fell flat for me.
First, the good.
Overall, the plot was excellent. I loved the magical aspects, and the twists and turns kept me reading. This book keeps you on your toes, and I really love when a story is able to surprise me over and over again. You’ll think you know, but you don’t know. Trust me. 😉 The pacing was also great. It was fast-moving, but also spent enough time building the characters and their relationships. There was a good balance there, and I believe that’s extremely important in a book.
Now, the not-as-good.
My biggest gripe is that there was not enough world building. After reading the whole book, I still couldn’t tell you much about Dusk. There are allusions to some sort of magical war, but that is never expounded upon. Maybe it will be in the following books, but I definitely think we should have some foundational knowledge of it in this one. Irina makes it seem like a well known part of their history, so it bothered me that we didn’t get let in on that. I also thought the characters acted kind of strange at times. Their actions didn’t always flow smoothly, if that makes sense. I think a little more detail throughout would have helped in this. It was a fairly quick read, and I think a little more description would have helped build more in-depth scenes without slowing down the pace.
Overall though, I did enjoy this book, and I would recommend it if you like YA fantasy. 3.5 books
Melissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan. She is also the author of the Silver Moon Saga.
- One signed paperback of THE FADING DUSK and one signed paperback of THE SIGHT SEER