A Shadow Bright & Burning by Jessica Cluess

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

Published September 20, 2016 by Random House BFYR

Genres Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic

Pages 416

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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?

I felt like this book had a lot of potential, but it just kind of fell flat for me. We meet Henrietta in the beginning of the book, at a boarding school with her best friend Rook. As the synopsis explains, Henrietta can burst into flames and after she is told she is the “chosen one” by a sorcerer, she is taken to London to train. I feel like I have read this story over in over in different genres; the main character is somehow going to save the dystopian world they live in, but first they have to train before competing a competition or test. Every book is different of course, between the characters and the world building, but I feel like I keep coming across this plot line over and over.

The first half of the book I found to be fairly entertaining and was quite interested in Henrietta’s character, but then some of her major character traits seem to shift and I just started to loose interest. I thought the world building was really well done and the story is set in Victorian London so I really liked that aspect, but like I said, I just feel like I keep reading this same plot over and over, just in different worlds and with different characters. If this is a plot line that you really enjoy, they I bet you will really like this book! Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this book. Happy reading!


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