A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Posted November 18, 2016 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica CluessA Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Published by Random House BFYR on September 20th 2016
Pages: 416
Source: Blogging for Books
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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?

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A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess was so good. I was really excited to dive into this book. Henrietta is a fantastic character. I love that she is smart and strong. The fact that Henrietta stands up for what is right makes her a great character. I love that about her. Henrietta stands out during a time that women are supposed to hold their tongues. She is so headstrong and I loved her for it. Strong female characters make some great books. Henrietta should be added to this list of strong female characters.


I loved the fact that Cluess created an amazing fantasy element to Victorian England. It is creative and fun. I really like the historical elements that this setting brings. I was a bit disappointed that the world building wasn’t that great. I am hoping there will be improvement for book two.


I think A Shadow Bright and Burning had a lot of potential and I don’t think it was fully reached. The story sounded really great and it had a great start. I feel like the story slowly went downhill. I am looking forward to seeing how things improve with book two. A Shadow Bright and Burning is a great start and I think it should be given a chance.



About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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