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The Fading Dusk

(Smoke and Mirrors #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  44 reviews
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 forbi
Published July 21st 2015 (first published July 19th 2015)
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, fantasy, booktours
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for giving me this book to review.

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 flas
I admit, I haven't finished Melissa Giorgio's Silver Moon Saga, but what I have read, I've completely adored. You'd wonder then why I'd start her new series, as opposed to finishing a previous one, and the answer is quite simple: I love a deep and rich fantasy world.

The world of Dusk is wonderfully fleshed out for the reader, and in a lot of ways, feels like a character in the story. There's a foreboding atmosphere that surrounds the world, one that changes and expands as the actual characters g
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is this magician who does parlor tricks, because real magic doesn't exist. And there is this woman who goes with him, helping him out with his tricks and trade. And there are this killings, which are pinned to this magician. But his companion doesn't believe he is guilty, is he?
And that is how Irina finds herself on prision, defending his friend from the eyes and ears of the people who think he is guilty; amongst them a Captain called Leonid, which began as a pain in the ass but is turnin
I love Dusk. I think the setting was my favorite part of this book. :D Full review to come :)
Melissa Giorgio
Feb 02, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
If you're curious about THE FADING DUSK, you can read the first chapter over on Wattpad!
Maghon Thomas
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this author before, but this book has changed that from her on out. I absolutely loved this one. It all starts out with an orphaned girl, who is taken in by a magician, or illusionist as we know in this time, until she is arrested for murder as his accomplice. Ok, so that doesn't really catch anything awe inspiring, BUT, let me tell you, this illusionist is a real wizard here. I don't know how he kept it a secret so well because even I fell for it. And the girl, she's not just som ...more
Liz Gavin
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tous
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
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of YA fantasy then you'll really love this! As we all know I adored this author's previous series, and I was very excited to read more of her stuff. This book (and series) is going to be very different from The Sight Seer and I think that's great! Sadly I missed my Gabby-sassy-pants a little too much. Okay no I'm joking. I just don't think that the city of Dusk is going to be knocking Gabby out of the top spot in my heart anytime soon.

First I'll just say what didn't work for me.
Tonja Drecker
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading the blurb, I was excited about diving into this book and getting lost in the world. And that's exactly what happened.

From the very first page, I was pulled into the story. Seventeen-year-old Irina is the assistant
to a street magician and not a fancy one at that. The scene immediately came to life, making it easy to see the town and atmosphere happening. When Irina is immediately threatened and soon running for her life, I was hooked.

Irina is no one special--not a trained fighter,
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review

I love the way this book has a fantasy-world, that seems so much like our own that it did not need much explanation. Dusk seemed like a kind of 19th century London to me, and I loved it for that.

Irina is a feisty 17-year-old, who spent her first years on the streets of the slums. After her mother died, she was picked up by street magician Bantheir, who cared for her. At the start of this book, their life seems to be falling a
Becky Stephens
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In The Fading Dusk, the entire cast of characters are fantastic, and that includes the city of Dusk. It is a living, breathing character on its own. The world building is strong in this book.

Those who know me ... really know me, know that I am a magician wannabe. I love any and all books with magic, and the magic is amazing in this novel. Fun and entertaining, yet dangerous. I love how Giorgio walks that line.

There is real character growth and development, especially for the heroine, Irina. And
Reviews from the Heart
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll start with the things I thoroughly enjoyed. This book had such depth in explaining the world of magic. It had a way of drawing you in and making you feel like a part of the story. Banthier and his assistant Irina have a very unconventional relationship. He enjoys the spotlight and goes out of his way to make her feel like she doesn't add up. There's always something she needs to improve. That being said, Banthier has a way about him. He's got a sense of humor you can't help but love and his ...more
Jenn Sut
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Fading Dusk
By Melissa Giorgio

I was given a book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

Irina, a magician's assistant to Bantheir, struggles to make ends meet and stay out of the slums. As Irina finishes a show, an angry man approaches her claiming that Banthier has stolen something priceless from him and that he will not leave them alone until it is returned. It goes from bad to worse as she is told that Bantheir is killi
Yoshiblackluvstoread Andino
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just like with her Silver Moon Saga, The Fading Dusk is packed with action and excitement. Is no secret that I got taken with Leonid very quickly, grumpy cinnamon rolls with an under appreciated sense of humor FTW!

It was a quick and engaging read (I only took so long because I didn't want it to end) and now comes the hardest part where we have to wait for the second book to come out.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this ebook in exchange for a honest review.
Irvin's was born and lived in the slums with her mother, when tragedy strikes Irina is left all alone. She wanders until she finds a magic show and meets Bantheir. Life is not great but it beats living in the slums. She becomes Bantheir assistant but one night after the show she is approached by a big burly man and life as she knows it will never be the same. Who is the big burly man? Is the rumours about Bantheir true? Who is the ta
Ronald Keeler
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a book I won in a Library Thing Members Giveaway in return for a review.

The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio is a novel of magic. Irina is a magician’s assistant to Bantheir and she feels very unappreciated. It seems all she does is support and clean-up functions; Bantheir doesn’t really include her in anything. She has picked up some of the magic tricks which, as she tells colleagues, are not really magic; they are illusions. Sometimes Bantheir strikes up friendships with some admiring a
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The city-state of Dusk is divided into three sections: the poor slums, the middle-class district of Way, and the elite Rise. Presiding over Dusk is a mysterious President, who has outlawed all real magic since the end of a devastating war. Slum-born Irina lives in Way with her master/foster-father, Bantheir, a street magician to whom Irina acts as an assistant. When Bantheir is accused of killing severa
First off I would like to say if you are looking for another funny and light world of the Silver Moon Saga you are not gonna find it here...

No, here you are gonna find a nitty gritty world not too much different from our own in the sense of you have the rich, the working class, and the poor. After that the similarities kind of taper off. The world of Dusk is filled with darkness and confusion. (I mean don't get me wrong this isn't a complete 180 from the world of Gabi and Rafe nor it is the dark
Katie Blythe
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Irina has lived in the slums of Dusk all her life with no family, just her friend and father figure Bantheir to take care of her. She is an assistant to Bantheir’s magic show and has always enjoyed his sleight of hand tricks, knowing that there’s no such thing as real magic. After a show one evening Bantheir goes off with a couple to dinner while Irina goes home by herself. While there, people break in saying they are look
Mel (Epic Reading)
Read 70/258 pages.
Unfortunately The Fading Dusk is a disappointment. The premise sounded interesting but very quickly I realized that not only was our author an amateur writer but they seemed to think their audience would just accept everything told to them.

We start out meeting our main gal and being told that she's paranoid about living on the streets and going hungry. There's even references to her having gone hungry for days. And yet a few short chapters later she appears to be starving fro
Gypsy Madden
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up well past my bedtime several nights in a row speeding my way through this story. I picked this up since it reminded me of Patricia C. Wrede’s The Magician’s Ward series and I certainly wasn’t disappointed (I am also a fan of the movie Now You See Me which some of the characters echoed). It has plenty of stage magic as well as fantasy magic, the wonderful setting of the city of Dusk, sympathetic heroine Irina, and not to mention a dash of innocent romance (which I have to congratulate ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Fading Dusk was truly a great story! It has everything! There’s espionage, love, humor, lies and murder! Just when you think a street magician is just an ordinary guy… slight of hand, making a coin disappear, well, those days are gone! Meet Bantheir. On the surface, he’s your average street magician just trying to make a living, but if you dig a bit deeper… he’s hiding a deep dark secret! His secret is the ultimate betrayal… especially to Irina, his assistant and “adopted” daughter. Bantheir ...more
Laura Kehoe
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In The Fading Dusk, magic is a thing of the past. Real magic hasn't existed for a long time-at least that's what Irina believes for most of her life. But that all changes when she's uprooted from her quiet life as a magician's assistant and thrown into a world of magic, danger and betrayal.
I was surprised how much I genuinely enjoyed The Fading Dusk. Based off the description, I thought it might be an interesting st
Melanie Thompson
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lark is a street magician's assistant. She is beholden to Bantheir the magician for food and shelter, but she doesn't mind. He has raised her from the time he found her wandering the streets as a small child, lost after her mother' death. It comes as a shock then, when Lark is imprisoned for crimes Bantheir committed. He is suspected of murdering several people and the police won't let Lark go until she helps them capture Bantheir and prove his guilt. But Lark doesn't believe he's guilty. In fac ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

If you are in the mood for a stereotypical Young Adult Fantasy, pick this book up. I don’t say this critically. Honestly. I was in a mood for an easy fantasy read and this one really checked all my boxes. You have the Dystopian society full of the different levels of culture. Then, you have the “magic is evil” aspects. I loved it.

Irina is an assistant for Bantheir, who is a street performer in Dusk. Magic has been banned, so all of his act is sleight of hand. However, Irina is brought in for qu
Sep 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Thank you Xpresso Book Tours.

When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued. The story was about magicians. I don't read a lot of books with magicians and I was in the mood for magic.

I read some and thought, this is okay, not the best, but not terrible.

I continued and I killed myself. There are times where books are bad and I get these feelings, but this book was over kill.

There's insta-love. There is an overwhelming amount of it! It is so potent! Think a marine's sock after running in combat boots i
Amy McNulty
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like the Silver Moon Saga, you'll devour The Fading Dusk. If you love magic and atmospheric settings, where you can almost *feel* the fog pouring off the page, you'll devour The Fading Dusk!

Irina is a different kind of heroine than Silver Moon Saga's Gabi. She's quieter and more unsure of herself, but that's just at the start of the novel. She's also got some chemistry going with not one good-looking fellow, but two--but this isn't the love triangle you're probably expecting. Leonid is am
Sue Holmes
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc
*Review copy reveived from publisher*

An enjoyable, origional and unpredictable fantasy with complex characters that brought the story together
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I’d like to Thank Netgallery for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest Review.

I’m going to start by saying, that “The Fading Dusk” was a 3 Star Read for me, meaning that it was an enjoyable read, however did not get me really immersed in the storyline and the characters. I’d recommend this book for someone looking for a fast/easy Fantasy read. However, I personally cannot see myself continuing with the Series (there are set to be 3 more books, one is already publ
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