A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess | Review

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A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess | ReviewA Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on September 20, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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?

(Last Updated On: January 17, 2022)
I honestly don’t read enough fantasy novels, so I was incredibly happy to have the chance to read A Shadow Bright and Burning. 

Not only is does it have fantasy vibes, it has a setting of Victorian London! Like, how cute is that!? I love the Victorian era in London. It was my favorite era that we read novels from in my English class. There’s just something about it and it’s very steampunk. That just made this novel even more awesome!

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It has these pretty strong girl power vibes, which I loved. There are really no sorceresses. Every person that’s allowed to wield magic is a male in this world. Yet, Henrietta is a female with power and she seems to be really strong. 

There does seem to be a bit of a long triangle going on. I didn’t really think that it was a strong point in the novel because the focus of the plot is really elsewhere, but there are two guys that definitely seem to be love interests for Henrietta. I definitely had a favorite, though I don’t want to give that away.

The world was so interesting. I loved how Cluess really included a lot of information about the world without it seeming like info dumping. I’ve had to DNF books in the past because of info-dumping!

A Shadow Bright and Burning is one 2016 release that you’re honestly not going to want to miss.

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  1. I'm actually going to be reading this one soon to review it, so I am SO happy to hear about what an amazing fantasy novel this is. I love Victorian England so the setting is really appealing to me, especially with such a strong main character. Yay!

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