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Review: A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING by Jessica Cluess

A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING (Kingdom on fire #1)
by Jessica Cluess
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 416 (HC)
Publisher: Penguin RandomHouse

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?

Overview: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Characters: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ | Plot: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ | Style: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I really liked this book. It was an enjoyable read from the premise to the last page. The one thing I would have liked more is a sense that Henrietta was learning more than she seemed to be. She didn’t change as much as I wanted her to, but I loved the rest of the cast and the plot was twisty and kept me wondering what came next. And Cluess’s voice. So nice. *_* (Granted this was read to me via audiobook, but still. Good voice, Cluess.) I’d recommend this to anyone interested in a creative YA fantasy that won’t take you years to read through.

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