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A Poison Dark and Drowning

(Kingdom on Fire #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,354 ratings  ·  638 reviews
The magicians want her to lead. The sorcerers want her to lie. The demons want her blood. Henrietta wants to save the one she loves. But will his dark magic be her undoing?

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients.
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jessica Cluess No, it's a trilogy! The third and final book comes out next fall. :)
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Jessica Cluess Ah, that would be telling, wouldn't it? :)

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Ah, that would be telling, wouldn't it? :)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
*flails over everything that went down in this book*
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is so underrated! It has sorcerers, magicians, and witches, all with different types of magic. It has Fae. It has multiple love interests (which some might find annoying but I don’t mind) that will each appeal to different people. All of its characters have a dark edge to them. It has ancient monsters from another dimension. It has magical artifacts. It has found family father figure feels. This series appeals to me on so many levels, even with its flaws, and I’m interested to see wh ...more
Candace Robinson
Henrietta is too fickle over too many pickles! I'm not a fan of love squares, I can barely tolerate a love triangle... But, I love this world! I love the descriptions of the beasts that Cluess describes as well as her writing! The sorcery and the magic!!! Give me more!

Now, back to Henrietta. She got on my nerves... a lot! Mainly because she claims to love Rook, but he was in the background again, which was fine! But as soon as Magnus or Blackwood are in the room, it's like he's all forgotten! Pl
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book WIPED ME TF OUT.


I need to formulate an actual review in my brain but it's mushy and I'm like ????? I guess??????

This one made me love Henrietta more but not necessarily anyone else *stares directly into the souls of all men in this book*
Cindy ✩☽♔
"People do what they think is right, but that does not make it good."

Bloody, magical, monstrous, romantic and utterly heartbreaking. This book takes everything we loved from the first book and elevates it. All the stakes are raised, relationships are tested, secrets revealed, And, we are forever reminded that the demons of our pasts never truly stay buried.

The book was well-paced and beautifully written, pushing the borders of right and wrong, with almost all sides coming out looking pretty
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had some pretty unexpected twists and turns. I cannot wait for more books in the series to find out what happens with Henrietta. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment! I forgot what my rating was for the first installment (think four stars) but this one was a bit better but that could be because we know most of the characters already.

Overall, an intriguing fantasy that answers some questions from book one but also leaves more to be answered for the next book!
Rachel E. Carter
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved. Just as atmospheric as the first and I finally got the Blackwood scenes I was hoping for! Can't wait for the next ;P
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Omg I didn't think that this series could get better but Jessica has outdone herself! She upped the magic, romance, and secrets and oh my gosh there's some big reveals in this book! And now I'm really dying to read book 3!
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! It was much better than the first book, a lot more happened and a lot more drama played out and can we talk about how beautiful the cover is?
Wing (bibliomeds)
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.25 stars

"Despite everything - your lies, your wounds, I cannot help but love you. I'm helpless against it."

guys I'm so conflicted with this book. I read it in two sittings. there was so much stuff that I'm truly unhappy about but deep down I can't bring myself to hate this book - and some parts I loved so much that I am now as usual an ugly mush of emotions.

im gonna try a different style of review and see how it goes okay

I think these books are weaved together with elements
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I will admit that I was a little nervous to start this book. I was nervous because I had a lot of feelings from the last book, mainly regarding Blackwood, and I was not sure how it was going to play out in this book. However, as soon as I started this book, I knew this was going to be a good one. The author did a great job at keeping my attention throughout the entire book. I thought the plot was really addictive and interesting. I couldn't stop reading it! There were some predictable stor ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc-s, ya
I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful signed ARC of this masterpiece. Thank you, Jessica Cluess, for sending me a copy of this book! My opinions are entirely my own.

I looooooooved A Shadow Bright and Burning, but A Poison Dark and Drowning blew me away. The stakes were raised, the characters grew, the twists were endless and the action was gripping! Cluess knocked it out of the park as far as sequels go. It's very rare for me to enjoy a sequel as much, let alone MORE than the original, but
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I don’t know why I took so long to read this one. I had enjoyed the first book and jumped into this one without a fresher of any kind.

I still like Henrietta. She means well, but maybe doesn’t go about doing things in the best way. I didn’t care for her lying and believing that she knew the best way to do everything. I really liked the addition of Maria and look forward to seeing what she brings to the last book. And of course the many many boys were delightful.

Plot wise, it did get a
Lauren Stoolfire
Excellent sequel - really successfully takes everything up to eleven! I can't wait for book three!
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A POISON DARK AND DROWNING is a romantic and action-packed adventure and just so much fun to read.

I am utterly addicted to the magical version of Victorian England that Jessica Cluess has crafted in this series, and it was an absolute pleasure to return to it in this novel.

I really enjoyed this second book in the Kingdom on Fire series. Where A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING really focused on character development and Henrietta's growing power, A POISON DARK AND DROWNING is much more plot-driven and
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book thanks to netgalley and I was happy to read it. I already enjoyed the first one whom I found really good but A poison dark and drowning was so much better!! What can I say? The plot was fantastic as well as the revelations. The book kept me on edge, some of the revelations were unexpected and I was surprised!! The pace was really good too, there is always something to discover and the danger is never far behind. It was well done and Jessica Cluess wrote a ...more
I'm never sure how to review second and third books in trilogies, because of the potential spoiler factor for the first book.

I enjoyed this second installment in this series all right, but it lacked the magic the first book had for me. Where the first one seemed to turn so many standard fantasy elements on their heads, this book felt much more typical fantasy, with too many familiar elements feeling just plain too familiar. Which under normal circumstances would have been fine, but I just had d
I was hooked to the story-line and the characters right from the start, just like I was in the first book. I’ve re-read the first book before starting this sequel, so that also helped a lot I think – I was completely and utterly lost inside this world after my re-read of book 1 so starting book 2 right after was such a joy! Everything was just as amazingly written this time around as it was in the first book and I couldn’t get enough of it yet again.

+ The magic is further explored, and the Ancie
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Tara ☽
I don't know how to feel about this book.

I really enjoyed A Shadow Bright and Burning when I read it last year, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next one. This series has everything I love: magic, demons, romance and the Victorian era. I devoured book one, and read book two just as quickly, but sadly didn't enjoy it as much.

Middle-book syndrome, perhaps? For much of the book, it seems as though nothing really happens - a classic symptom of the dreaded middle-book syndrome. The romance
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

A Poison Dark and Drowning is the second installment in author Jessica Cluess' Kingdom on Fire series. Henrietta Howell came to London thinking she would become the so called Chosen One. The first female sorcerer in a century, and the one prophesied to lead the sorcerers to defeat the fabled 7 Ancients. She's the first female to be inducted into the Royal Order by Queen Charlotte, and played a key part in the defeating Koro
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had forgotten all about this series but once I started all cake back and I cannot wait to see how this will end.
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

The follow-up to Jessica Cluess's magical young adult fantasy, A Shadow Bright and Burning (read my review), is equally as compelling and dramatic. A POISON DARK AND DROWNING continues Henrietta Howel's journey in the magical society of the Order, but she harbors a secret to protect her and the man she loves. Unspoken romance, secrets, lies, and tons of magic are just some of what you'll find in this fantasy series.

For me the Kingdom on Fire series isn't one that breaks new ground or blows m
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think that this series could get better but Jessica Cluess has outdone herself! In A Poison Dark and Drowning she upped the magic, romance, and secrets from A Shadow Bright and Burningand oh my goodness there is some big reveals in this book! It was everything I wanted and more.

It’s hard to really review the book without having to rehash the previous book. Essentially the story is that there are interdimensional monsters that are roaming the Victorian English countryside and the citize
Sep 19, 2017 added it
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Well, i can't belive i have to wait a year to read the next book in the series. How am i supposed to do that?
I loved A Shadow bright and burning so much and even if this book is a lot different in some ways, i love it none the less. I don't want to spoil anybody so i'll keep this short, but you guys have to read this. I liked so many things about it!
First of all Mary. She is an amazing new character and i love her to pi
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but it just didn't sparkle like the first book. I'm excited to read the next though.
Emily (ehc.reads)
4.75 stars
*in my singing voice* Whaaatt the actuaallll fuuckk did I just reeeaaadddd??????!!!!!

So I gotta be real here, the first half of this book was slow for me. I was getting kinda bored and thought it would be a 4 star, purely because it didn’t feel like much was going on. But then the second half of the book happened and from there on it was INSANE.

I’m talking plot twist after plot twist, non stop action and plotting. My brain couldn’t keep up, I felt like a malfunctioning robot. We have
Peri June
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-challenge
This was so good and creepy!

Henrietta has now fully embraced her destiny. She's taken on the role of the "chosen" one even though her group of friends and allies are fully aware of the truth. She is racing against the clock, scrambling to find a cure for her beloved Rook before his humanity is swallowed whole by the darkness within him.

I loved all the magical battles in this one--the stakes were definitely upped from the first book. Almost every other chapter had a new plot twist, making my head
J. Bookish
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing



Okay. That’s enough Jordyn.

I loved this. My critical reader self is frowning at it for all of the pieces that are very obviously influenced by The Mortal Instruments/The Grisha Trilogy/Harry Potter, but my emotional reader self is like BUT IT’S SUCH A GREAT MASH-UP.

Every relationship in this book is painfully complicated and I don’t know how to feel and I f@&)ing love it.

There were a few plot twists I figured out and some that shocked me which
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