The Fading Dusk

The Fading Dusk

by Melissa Giorgio


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515150589
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2015
Series: Smoke and Mirrors , #1
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Fading Dusk 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
Truth be told, I have NO IDEA as to what just happened. The Fading Dusk started off really well. I was very pulled into the story of the street magician’s assistant with her issues and there was a man claiming her master had stolen something. IT WAS GOOD. And then, POOF. The characters became overdramatic, the dialogue overdone, and EVERYTHING WAS JUST OFF. Irina, with every one of her statements made me CRINGE. She’s supposed to be a hardened street kid (at least that’s what I assume you would be when you’ve spent your entire life on the streets. AND YET, she was like a naïve little delicate flower who trusted RANDOMN MEN only a few days after meeting them, behaved like a six year old snob and WAS JUST TOO SILLY TO BE LIKED. I didn’t get it. The story switched from a normal one to a mope in prison one (with an IDIOT councillor who ONLY KNEW HOW TO YELL. WHAT EVEN) to a love story to a mopey one to BAM Dark Magic and I WAS SO LOST? AND THEN THERE WAS A DRAGON. Like I said. SO SO LOST. The only reason I continued reading was that I SORT OF liked the twists and Captain Leonid, BUT UGH. I will unfortunately not be reading this again. 2 stars.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"The Fading Dusk" is the story of Irina, a magician's assistant, who finds herself threatened by some thugs and then arrested by the militia in the name of her master, Bantheir. The thugs claim that Bantheir has stolen something from them and the militia claims that Bantheir is responsible for several deaths. Irina maintains her and his innocence while imprisoned, interrogated and punished (e.g. food taken away). Overall, I had mixed feelings about this book. This other world, Dusk, seemed fascinating, but we get only glimpses of what is going on with the caste system, an elected president, and a council of the wealthy. There was talk about a magical war in the past that led to this system, but there are no details or further information. We know that Irina was saved from the slums as a toddler by Bantheir, who trained her as his assistant. In prison, she is befriended by Aden, who seems like a sweet guy, until he has a complete turnabout in personality. The opposite happens with the captain of the prison, Leonid. Irina was a hard character to believe. She was incredibly immature and naïve for someone who grew up on the streets and works as a con-artist's assistant. I found some of this difficult to grasp when she persisted in these selfish and immature behaviors (e.g. when someone's BFF dies, she turns it all into a conversation about her and her appearance, and they end up spending so much time reassuring her). Also, I found it hard to believe she would want to be friends with a guy after he sexually assaults her. She's clearly a great judge of character, as almost everyone she implicitly trusts betrays her at some point or another, and yet she keeps going back for more. Things which seem incredibly obvious become big reveals to Irina, also, which make me think she might just be a little dim. I'm just not so sure about all of this/if it really was due to a spell- she continues to make poor choices even after it is lifted, but thankfully, the men are around to constantly save the day for her. I don't think she ever rescues herself from her own poor choices. This is not really what I would look for in a heroine. She's more a constant victim of circumstance and poor decisions. On the other hand, the book is really well written and intriguing. I found it very quick to read and finished the entire thing, so I clearly enjoyed it enough to keep reading! I am curious to see if she will grow up in future books (she's 17 but acts more like a pre-teen) and to learn more about this dystopian world, which needs more development- it seems really interesting. Please note that I received this ebook through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
KtLBLy More than 1 year ago
*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 looking for something extremely valuable that Bantheir stole, and before she can truly get away she is arrested by other people for being an accomplice to a string of murders that have been going on, using real magic, being done by Bantheir. Of course Irina doesn’t believe that he could have ever killed anyone and has no idea if Bantheir really did steal something of value, or even where it could be, but she is put in jail knowing that he is innocent and tries to do whatever she can to prove his and her innocence. The more Irina learns, the more she realizes that not everyone is who they say they are and some of the nicest people can be the most evil. I really enjoyed this story. The world was so beautiful and magical and not all the characters are who they seem to be which was fun to find out. I’d definitely want to continue with a series like this. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite:***
Liz_Gavin More than 1 year ago
Captivating Story 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 enjoyment. Bearing in mind this is the first book of a saga, I understood why the author has chosen to leave out details of the background story and agreed with her. As frustrating as it is having to wait, I like when an author doesn't spoon-feed his or her audience. I enjoy putting my brain cells to good use when it comes to figuring out a story. Hope we can read the next installment soon because I'm eager to learn how the story will unfold.