- Series: Kingdom on Fire (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 20, 2016)
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I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.
Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen 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 Howel 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, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?
Tawney’s Review: I fell in love with this book the moment I started reading it. I’m a fan of magic and historical aspects weaving it’s way together and Jessica does a wonderful job at doing that.
This book has it all from a strong perfect heroine, to magic, to self- discovery. Henrietta Howel is prophesied to be the first female sorcerer with the power of fire but she doesn’t know that yet. Just like Harry Potter was the chosen one Henrietta must decipher her powers and weave her way through an unknown world while harnessing her powers. This is a familiar path that many books delve into with their character as the chosen one. However, Jessica does a wonderful job at making it fresh by taking the characters on unsuspecting paths and surprising twist you weren’t expecting, such as Henrietta isn’t the chosen one!
Female sorcerers don’t exit since long ago a witch was responsible for summoning ancients that are destroying England in Henrietta’s time. Her abilties have been kept secret and guarded closely until she revealed them when saving a friend. But she wasn’t punished for doing this, no she was taken in by a sorcerer to be trained.
The book was set in Victoria London, which I love this era, and sorcerers were sort of like the royal guard who protected the royal crown and fight epic battles against Ancients.
I love how Jessica immersed the magic and horrific creatures into Victoria London and it all seems believable. The characters are well developed and there were hints of maybe a romance interest among her peers. I loved the 6 sorcerers, Blackwood, Magnus, Dee, Cellini, Wolff, and LambeIt. They added some humor and fun to the story while she was training.
This book was engaging that I couldn’t put the it down. I loved the detail of Victoria London and the description of the magic world. I was pleasantly surprised with all the twists and action. This book was wonderful with a new take on Victoria London full of monsters and magic.
Should you read it? Yes! A perfect book to read for Halloween. A Shadow Bright and Burning is a fun read with fantastic characters and a glorious setting full of magic. I can’t wait for the next book.
About the Author:
JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.