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A Shadow Bright and Burning

(Kingdom on Fire #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  14,730 ratings  ·  2,195 reviews
Henrietta can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodt
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Alyssa There are several potential love interests, but there is not a classic "love triangle" in the sense of boys fight over girl, girl can't decide, repeat…moreThere are several potential love interests, but there is not a classic "love triangle" in the sense of boys fight over girl, girl can't decide, repeat while they ignore world-ending cataclysm in the background. I am entirely sick of love triangles and this book did not set off my warning sensor.(less)

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Emily May
“Now, listen, Miss Howel. I’ve never seen another girl who could do what you’ve done, and I’ve searched for four years. I’ve never met another sorcerer who could burn and walk away unscathed.”

Maybe five or so years ago this book stood a chance. But, come on, there's not a single thing in A Shadow Bright and Burning that we haven't all seen before.

Limited world-building and a plethora of potential love interests fuel this derivative Victorian fantasy. It begins with a familiar premise: an orp
Jesse (JesseTheReader)

Full video book review here: https://youtu.be/TDJD6KBqHJk
Christine Riccio
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, solid beginning to a new fantasy series! I'm fascinated by he magical hierarchy. Here's my full booktalk/discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkg7j... ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This started off pretty strong, but then I quickly lost interest and it became just average. This reminded me of a lot of other books, including (but not limited to), Harry Potter, Jane Eyre, Mortal Instruments. It did have an interesting twist on those stories, especially concerning the whole flip on the typical 'chosen one' story. I liked the Victorian setting, but the world building was lacking, the MC made all decisions based on the character of Rook, a character that I felt like I never rea ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I began reading A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING with trepidation. I'd read the preview months prior, and at the time, I'd been greatly impressed, but since then I'd suffered numerous disappointments of the finished-product-not-remotely-living-up-its-promise variety.

And initially, my inner cynic taunted me, pointing out perceived flaws, whispering to get it over with and DNF already . . . Then a hobgoblin unexpectedly appeared, and I told my inner cynic to shut its trap.

B/c F
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-paperback
How do I describe this book without breaking out into rabid fangirl status? UMMMM, how about THE INFERNAL DEVICES + THE BURNING SKY + PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (as in, Mr. Darcy). Yup, I went there. It's a Victorian England fantasy, and it was SOOOOO good.


Now, I'll be honest. Usually I don't like Victorian settings for my reads, something about society being too proper and women being too demure and I just get bored. Take Clockwork Angel -while I *love* certain aspects of that series, there were parts

Buddy-read with my special girls ( no pun here; they are really special and, though, they don't have magical powers, they'd kick any special snowflake's ass easily) Katerina & Vira. Also, please, go read my friend Mila's review to see a more positive and well-structured point of view on the book.

“How I do what I do, but not how to do what I do? What if what I do has to do with my knowledge of what to do, and doing requires only the knowledge of doing? What would you do then?”
I blinked.
“I belie

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale, Sept. 7, 2017. The second book in this series will be published later this month.

3.5 stars. Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature.

In this Victorian-era fantasy, sixteen year old Henrietta Howel, who is now a teacher at the Brimthorn orphanage in Yorkshire where she has spent the last eleven years, has developed an ability to magically set things on fire. She believes this marks her as a witch or magician, who are imprisoned or put to death in England since a horri
Yusra  ✨
DNF @ 31%
honestly, I’ve lost all interest and I’ve never been so bored. might pick this back up in the future, might not, who knows at this point. the only bright point was magnus I guess. I tried to read this for 12 days and it’s just not working.

a pal read™

Ben Alderson
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good debut from Jessica!

I love the more fantastical take on England. And obvs, anything with witches and soccerours I am going to love!

A burning YA novel that stands for equality, inner strength and embracing your insecurities!
Brittni Kristine

This book is about an orphaned girl who has the power of fire. In this world, witches are executed, magicians are oppressed, and sorcerers get royal treatment. Our main character, Henrietta, is discovered and taken away to hone her powers and become a member of the queens order of sorcerers, but we find out she may be mislabeled.

This rating was a struggle for me, because this was an easy read and there were parts I did in fact enjoy. You can really tell, however, that this was one of the au
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

It took me soo long to get into this one hence the rating but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The average rating for this one wasn't very high so I was hesitant to pick this one up. But, after I stared at the cover for a good 15 minutes I decided that I wasn't going to leave it on my tbr pile any longer.

Henrietta is a 16 year old that can burst into flame. She isn't afraid to stand up for the people who don't know how and believes men and woman should be equally represented in t
Dnf at 30%

This was utterly unoriginal and boring. An assortment of love interests, bland writing, super special MC, and lack of world building. It's more of the same stuff we all know.

One extra star because I liked how she named her magic wand "porridge."
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Fantasy and magic are always hit or miss with me, but I was excited about the synopsis and couldn't wait to get it in my hands

I love love loved Henrietta. She's smart and strong and stands up for what's right, even if society thinks it's wrong. I enjoyed being in her head and was rooting for her from the very beginning. There's a good cast of characters here and I'm eager to see how they show up in future books.

There were sections that did drag a bit, but for the most part I was captivated. I l
Katerina  Kondrenko
4.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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L.M. - Bright Shadow

Genre: historical fantasy, YA
Stuff: magic, creepy beasts, superpowers
Fail: writing style, romance in general
WOW: hot scene with one of LI, a few twists
POV: 1st-person, female
Love-Geometry: hard

“Knowledge is as powerful as fire. The b
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
ASBAB is one of those books that I eagerly anticipated from the very first pitch. My excitement grew to a feverish pitch that led up to that final moment, holding a physical ARC in my hands!! I tore through this book; I laughed, I gasped, I frantically messaged Jessica with emojis and thoughts and theories. I couldn't help myself! This book plagued my thoughts and emotions the second I started. At first glance ASBAB plays off of all the normal tropes, but what it really does is turn the tropes o ...more
Vicky Again
since the author said "no teens are on Goodreads" I felt the need to actually write a review for this book, instead of just leaving it at 1 star

this book...was not fun. to be honest, the magic was cliché, the story was boring, and I wanted to take a nap rather than keep reading.

it's a MIRACLE that I didn't DNF this. only through sheer willpower did I continue, and wow do I regret it.

there are just...so many better books out there. please, don't waste your time on this. if you need recommendatio
REREAD: 2022 4/5 Stars
I read this book in one sitting, no joke. one sitting! WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO PICK UP THIS BOOK! I LOVED IT!

First off, I love the setting of this book. I love the era. I love the dresses the balls, societies decorum, the maids, the manners, the curtesy. So overall I enjoyed the world building. This is set in England...if magic existed back then...

This story is about a girl who thought herself to be a witch, witches are hunted an
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is it with all these historical fantasy novels trying to ruin my life over the past year??????

Henrietta is amazing, ballsy, clever, and imperfect. She's pretty much a VICTORIAN LADY HUMAN TORCH. And wait til you see the adorable name she gives her stave (like a Harry Potter wand, but much cooler and really cute in a weird mostly inanimate magical object way). She wears pretty dresses, battles otherworldly demons, and isn't afraid to put a man firmly in his place. Or several men. Which leads
my favourite person in the world
the one who can read like 10 books at a time
and the one who shares a name with my ex-boyfriend

DNF @ 25%

I'm sorry guys. I can't. This could single handily be one of the worst books I've read this year. I was rolling my eyes at every paragraph and honestly wishing someone would punch every single character.

Caitlin also supported this DNF so I love Caitlin.

So, to continue my lazy review format, here's some points;
- oh the tropes
- so many trop
Cindy ✩☽♔
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer in ages. The girl who can control flames. The one who will defeat the ancients. The prophesied one. Or am I?"

A highly addicting, victorian fantasy. This book has all the classic elements one has come to expect from magic, fantasy books but is also sprinkled with delightful surprises.

I loving all the books I am reading lately about strong, independent woman thinking outside the box and being far ahead of their time. And I love seeing confident,

Wow, I'm breathless. I can't remember the last time I devoured a book with such relish. It was as if the author reached into my brain, picked out everything I love in a book and put it all together in one story, just for me! It's insane, not even does it have all the elements that I love in a book, but it also has the right amount of each. And to think this sat so long on my tbr list because the cover didn't grab me!

If you like any of the following things read this book now!

Ancient myste
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016

This book was like Avatar the last Airbender if it was set in 1700's London AND I DIDNT KNOW HOW MUCH I NEEDED IT.

I can't remember the last time I gasped out loud so many times while reading a book. Honestly though.

The story was action packed and engaging right from the start and somehow managed to keep up the pace throughout the entire book. Cluess built such an interesting world, I was blown away by it all. I have so many unanswered questions and SO much excitement fo
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! I actually liked Henrietta as a main character and that doesn't happen often with me and female characters. But I loved her from the start.

The world building in this story was phenomenal, such an interesting and in depth world that was absolutely fascinating. There were a couple things that bothered me just in general about the time frame and stuff because it's set in London, but with magicians and sorcerers and witches, so it was unclear about whe
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got distracted with my literature review so didn't get to read this book at the pace I wanted. This was a very entertaining book and a great start to the series. I found the characters very enjoyable. Looking forward to see how the story continues and the characters develop. ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Book One of the Kingdom on Fire series
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Orphaned Henrietta Howel has a gift: the ability to light herself on fire. In an alternate Victorian England where men can be magicians and sorcerers but women shouldn’t be, her gift must be kept hidden. But one day a sorcerer comes to the school where she grew up and now teaches, discovers her ability, and tells her of a prophecy that says a magical girl will save England from the Ancients, seven demons that hold the land and coastal seas under their malevolent power. He takes Henrietta to Lond
Fafa's Book Corner

Mini review:

I have been seeing this book everywhere. I had initially wanted to read it earlier. I lost all interest when I read Lola's review. I decided to give it a go because it was on sale. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it.

The writing style was terrible. There wasn't any real flow to the sentences so it read badly. I can't say much for the plot as I didn't get that far.

It's up to you whether you want to read this.
Grace A.
Dec 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the magic system. I enjoyed seeing Henrietta flourish against all odds. A woman in a man’s world, with heavy tides everywhere she turned. Yet, in the end, held her own and ultimately succeeded. She gained allies in unlikely places, and her unwavering devotion to her friends paid off.
I had a great time with this read. Four stars.
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