Review of A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess


Review: This book was so much fun to read! I really had a blast and loved that it was kind of like reading a manga book (manga is a Japanese graphic novel). Without the pictures but with the strong female element and lots of boys surrounding her.

Although I had fun reading the strong story plot and about the different characters, I felt that the main character was a bit to simple and annoying at the end the book. Henrietta starts off really great, I really love her characters at first but for some reason she changes right before the end of the book into someone else. I don’t really know why she changed, but there was a certain scene toward the end that she is in with one of the boys. One that almost completely pulled a 180 in personality, from that point on I was very much anti-him who I will not name.

Even thought the Henrietta changed at the end of the book, I felt that the story plot and strong group of characters was really good. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series and where it will lead.

Favorite Quote: N/A

Would I? Recommend this book to others? Yes. Would I do a reread? Not sure. Would I buy this book for others? Only if they were looking for something like this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

416 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Fantasy. Magic. Historical Fiction. Romance.

Published September 20th 2016 by Random House BFYR.

Summary: Henrietta can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta is not the chosen one.

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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