Magic and mystery is everywhere in the fascinating first novel of the Smoke and Mirrors series!
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?
This is such an enjoyable fantasy story. Fans of YA novels will absolutely eat this one up. This is my first book by Melissa Giorgio, but if The Fading Dusk is anything to go by then I am definitely going to be reading more of her work. I hear wonderful things about Melissa’s Silver Moon Saga, which you can check out here!
Perhaps the best thing about this novel is the setting, which is extremely realistic and almost comes alive in your mind. It’s very fleshed out really adds an exciting dimension to the story. The magic is another aspect that I really loved. It’s really well developed and again feels really realistic, it’s exciting and gripping and definitely keeps the reader intrigued. This book had me hooked from the outset, and I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
This definitely isn’t a book where you know the ending before you begin. There’s loads of plot twists, and the reader is constantly kept guessing. The book is an action packed one, that’s also well paced and has plenty of interesting dialogue. The characters are really fascinating ones – particularly Banthier and Irina. They have an unusual relationship that fascinated me the whole way through. Banthier in particular had to be my favourite, he’s dangerous with a touch of humour and just a wonderfully interesting character.
If you’re looking for something exciting, with a touch of magic, a hint of mystery and a dash of intrigue, The Fading Dusk might be just what you’re looking for this Halloween.
To celebrate this tour, run by the lovely Xpresso Book Tours, Melissa is giving away a signed copy of The Fading Dusk, and the first book in the Silver Moon Saga series – The Sight Seer – click here to enter!