A Sorrow Fierce and Falling
As Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Lord Blackwood, she discovers that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven from the bloodthirsty Ancients. It's a trap. So with her friend Maria and Magnus, the young man who once stole her heart, at her side, Henrietta plots a dangerous journey straight into the enemy's lair. Some will live. Some will d ...more
What I love about these books is the world—it has some pretty awesome and dark descriptions! I also love the historical type setting, even though it is a fantasy world. Also, I absolutely love Magnus! When I read book one, I probably wouldn't have said that, but since book two, my mind has been changed. Who would have thought?
The thing that ultimately did the finale in was the pacing. This series could have easily been 4 books. There were so many plot points and themes that were significant and needed more time. I liked a lot of what this book did, but it didn’t have room to breathe and sit with the significance of what was happening. Even the many romantic subplots, although ultimately wrapped up wonderfully in a way I didn’t expect, still didn’t have enough TIME. Sadly, this made this fin ...more
I do not mark spoilers.
I can give this series credit for its consistency at least. I’ve felt the same way about all three books as all three had the same quirks and problems.
- The writing was...more
I like Henrietta’s arc and the bit of growth with the first two; however it seemed like she was an entirely different character. She’s wishy washy and sort of whiny and I struggled to care about what she was doing. I have serious issues with what happened with a couple of characters because they deserved a lot more than what they got. I’m being vague because spoilers.
A Shadow Bright and Burning - ★★★★
A Poison Dark and Drowning - ★★★
*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest
I fought for my life not to DNF this and considering that I didn't, I need some kind of award... or something.
Cause this was bad. My emotions went from uncomfortable, to rage, to disappointment, to finally a lack of caring. The plot was everywhere, execution was lacking and I could care less about ...more
The cover is beautiful! But I’m sad they changed the font to match the paperback editions rather than the previous hardcover editions.
Finally getting to read the synopsis and I'm just like:
My shipping heart is so worried
The love from her past: Magnus
The love from her present: Blackwood?
A love that could define her future: ???
We have a title! 🎉 But why, oh why, does it sound so sad? Ugh, I pray my shipper's heart isn’t broken after this one. ...more
I had received a copy of the digital arc from netgalley for an honest review, and truly it doesn't get more honest than this. The Kingdom on Fire trilogy has left me breathless with each book, with its finale truly hitting the hardest. I read this in one glorious sitting, and birds are chirping and the sun is rising outside my window as I manage to write this in the aftermath of finishing this story while tears stream down my face. Jessica Cluess has written an outstanding conclusion to her bril ...more
It had soooo much potential, and although the first two books were not excellent, I saw something in them that made me continue reading. I was hoping that the books would improve as Cluess got more experience (she has GREAT ideas, but somehow misses landing them nicely), but this was unfortunately not the case.
I found the ending tacky, disorganized, and with no real storyline behind it, other that the overarching theme of the series. It seemed as though Cluess would wri ...more
Faster paced than the other two - definitely cramming in a lot more plot in the last book, but it works out pretty well. I anticipate people having issues with some of the romance stuff, but honestly I think it was done really beautifully, particularly this idea that you can genuinely love more than one person, in different ways, and that life sometimes makes you give up one happy ending for another. (Even if there really aren't any 100% hap ...more
My quick and simple overall: highly enjoyable series with a satisfying conclusion.
I adored Henreitta's character, specifically her growth and development as a young woman that was mostly captured during the first two books. But that all quickly changed with her every decision and action in this book. Honestly, all the characters felt a little off from the rest o ...more
I have sort of mixed feelings on this series. The magic and worldbuilding are surprisingly complicated for YA, and the writing is good. The cast is kind of large, but I liked most of them, I think. Henrietta's okay, but I don't like the romantic decisions she makes sometimes. Wolfe and Lambe, and Dee and Lilly were cute. I liked Rook. Blackwood was just a walking alarm bell and I only kind of liked him at the end. Maria was neat. Magnus was way too much the witty side character who I never ...more
A Sorrow Fierce and Falling is Jessica Cluess’ conclusion to the epic Kingdom on Fire trilogy! This series took me by surprise when I first picked it up but it drew me in in a way I never expected! It’s pure magic and just an overall amazingness that left me kind of speechless each and every time! It happens every so often that a book just leaves me stunned and I can ...more
1. The world was cool, but not fully developed. I loved certain elements, like the hierarchy of magic, but there were no REAL rules. I wish I knew more history than just the couple of sentences thrown in here or there, because then I would get more of a sense of how exactly the magic is different for each type of magical per ...more
The writing was exquisite as usual. Some of the imagery used in this was so intense and insane that it really made ...more
I know because he told me himself. My father was a magician who dabbled in the darker arts, but not for evil purposes.
This was a little underwhelming than A Shadow Bright and Burning. I didn’t predict much to begin with since this is the last book.
But this feels like a continuation.
If a story wants to talk about the progress of their relationship status and their own wedding, it doesn’t have to take over the first half. Because that pacing right there is what made me almost
Of course, I was disappointed with the way certain characters ended up -- and I don't mean this in a bad way. I was invested in the story and characters and was sad that some of them didn't get their happily-ever-after. And I loved the ending! It was sweet and unexpected.
What can I say about this book without giving anything away? Not much. But I will say that I enjoyed ...more
Henrietta got to have all the cakes, without shame or overwrought drama (well... too overwrought, anyway). She had her endings with each of her love interests, and she ended up with the person who respected her and let her be herself (but still got a steamy fuckfest with the broody badguy. Praise all that is good in the world!)
A little meh that Henrietta had to become a mother for fulfillment with z ...more
For starters, Henrietta was so..weird. Her emotions were all over the place. Throughout the entire series, I could never tell what she was feeling. Every one of her actions was an element of surprise.
Blackwood... sigh. I liked him the most, but even then he had some major flaws. (Like unforgivable and unforgettable major flaws)..I am not going to talk about him because I’m still mad.
Magnus..ah the character with the big charac ...more