A Shadow Bright and Burning

Author: Jessica Cluess

Series: Kingdom on Fire, #1

Publication Date: September 20th, 2016

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: 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?


My Review

Fantasy tends to be a bit of a hit or a miss for me, so I tend to be a little iffy when it comes down to reading it, but I was really excited for the chance to check this one out, because I had heard a lot of great things about it.  Aside from that gorgeous cover, I was promised a story that was going to have romance, magic, and a kickass heroine that could burst into flames.  Yep, I was super excited to see what this book had in store for me.

The main charater, Henrietta Howel, has the ability to burst into flames, and is thought of as the very first female sorcerer.  People have been talking about the coming of Henrietta for ages, and she is finally here.  Whens he is sent to London, she starts training with a bunch of male sorcerers under the ruler, and many of these men want to be with her.  They fight for her affection and love, and Henrietta finds herself seeing the sorcerer lifestyle as being a little more than she bargained for.  However, she must work with the others to try and save London.

While I enjoyed this book, it was a little slow at times, and I kind of got a little bit turned off by all of the “I’m super special and all of these guys are fighting for me” attitude that the book portrayed.  Not every girl wants bunches of guys fighting over her…and after a while, the whole trope gets  little old.

Anyway, aside from not being able to connect with the character all that much and getting ticked off at some of the cliches in the book, I really enjoyed the magic aspect of it.  I’m really big on magic in fantasies, especially when it’s used often enough to keep the book interesting and enjoyable, as it was in this case.

All in all, I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it for fans of fantasy books.

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

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