Author: Jessica Cluess

Rockstar ARC Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Posted September 13, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments

Rockstar ARC Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Rockstar ARC Review: A Shadow Bright and BurningA Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Published by Random House BFYR on September 20th 2016
Genres: paranormal, Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult, horror
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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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?
"Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean."—Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen
"Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world's best hope!" —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"The magic! The intrigue! The guys! We were sucked into this monster-ridden, alternative England from page one. Henrietta is literally a 'girl on fire' and this team of sorcerers training for battle had a pinch of Potter blended with a drop of [Cassandra Clare's] Infernal Devices."—Justine Magazine
"A fun, inventive fantasy. I totally have a book crush on Rook." —Sarah Rees Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
"Pure enchantment. I love how Cluess turned the 'chosen one' archetype on its head. With the emotional intensity of my favorite fantasy books, this is the kind of story that makes you forget yourself." —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"A glorious, fast-paced romp of an adventure. Jessica Cluess has built her story out of my favorite ingredients: sorcery, demons, romance, and danger."—Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters

I have been a Lovecraft fan for a long long time. If you don’t know what that means, HP Lovecraft was a classic horror writer. He wrote about ancients sleeping deep within the Earth that wake and cause widespread fear, panic and insanity… as well as other nasty surprises. A Shadow Bright and Burning is a beautiful, love letter to Lovecraft. This book is interesting, innovative, funny and frightening. It has everything and I loved it so much.

The Ancients are fascinating. I want to know so much more about them. I want to know where they came from and what they look like. For instance, what is Nemneris, the Water Spider doing on the coast and how does Korozoth, the Shadow, look when he is attacking? The monsters are what everyone is fighting against. R’hlem, the Skinless Man was absolutely terrifying….but also compelling. Exactly the way a true evil ancient should be.

I also loved the social divide between Magicians and Sorcerers. Magicians were cast out by the crown for releasing the ancient evils on this world. However, they have magics and abilities that are unheard of by the general populace. The magic of Magicians is wild, messy and outlawed. Sorcerers, on the other hand, are exactly what I imagine would happen if a proper Victorian gentleman suddenly gained magic. There are complex rules, rituals and a hierarchy. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a secret gentleman’s club where they forbid women and entry is gained by secret knock or handshake.

I haven’t even mentioned Henrietta Howel! You are in for a treat! This book has evil Ancients with cool names that will drive you insane, magical outlaws, and stodgy sorcerers so you know the heroine has to be able to kick some serious ass! She’s trying to find her way from being an orphan to being a proper English lady while also finding her place in magical society. As the only female sorcerer, she struggles on all fronts.  I loved that she was strong while still being vulnerable.

I highly highly recommend this book. You want to read it, I promise.

About the Author

jessica cluessJessica 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.

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