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A Sorrow Fierce and Falling

(Kingdom on Fire #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,098 ratings  ·  207 reviews
It’s time for war.

After suffering terrible losses, Henrietta and Lord Blackwood have led their warriors to Sorrow-Fell, a vast estate where only those invited by a Blackwood may enter–and the ideal place to plan a final assault against the Ancients.

It’s time for a wedding.

Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Blackwood, but when the ritual to become his bride reveals
Published October 16th 2018 by Random House BFYR
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Jessica Cluess Yes, this will be the final installment. I'm sad just thinking about it, but hopefully people will like it :)
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Candace Robinson
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off, I'm going to say this was a five star read even though what I have to say may not feel like it is! To start, anything that involve fire power, give it to me!

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?

Sara Saif
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s astonishing how you love reading a book but when you sit down and think about it for a second you realize that it sucked a lot. Like W-O-W. I loved reading this but it also angered, annoyed and disgusted me, none of the three are positive feelings. How then could I have possibly enjoyed reading it? IDK.

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

Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had enjoyed the other books in this series and was eager to see how it all played out, sadly this was wildly disappointing.

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.

Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
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:
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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: ???
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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.
LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
Nov 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
You can see my full review here!

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
Juliet Bernal
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god the crying and the laughing and I loved this!

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
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humor and action make for a fast paced finale. I really enjoyed this series because it is more of a series where readers are drawn to the characters than the plot. The plot is good but it is the quirkiness of the characters that I love. There are these gems of humor in these books that make it an even more enjoyable series to read.

My quick and simple overall: highly enjoyable series with a satisfying conclusion.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
It breaks my heart to give this rating. The two stars are for Blackwood, Howel, Maria, and the writing. But I cannot forgive what happened in this book. My heart is wildly hurting, and not from a good pain, but the pain of shattering disappointment and betrayal. I know it’s “just a book” but I’ll be rewriting this ending in my head. To be vague, a lot of character actions/emotions felt jarringly inconsistent, overblown, or just out-of-the-blue. I might write out a fuller review once my emotions ...more
Ines Valenzuela
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book broke my heart.

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
Patry Fernandez
En realidad 4,5*

He terminado de leer «Una tristeza feroz y cruel» y que gran vacío me va a dejar ahora. Ha sido una trilogía que no se le ha dado mucha importancia, y me da mucha pena porque yo la he adorado. Es una historia que con el paso de los libros se vuelve todo más oscuro y sombrío: con peligros, tensión, batallas y ese toque de misterio. Fantasía y Londres Victoriano, y si a eso le añadimos monstruos, brujas, magos y hechiceros. ¿Que decís?
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Oh this was actually a really sweet but not "too clean" of an ending! I loved all the reveals and challenges to the status quo that came out. My only real beef with it was I think Blackwood's character was changed a bit. His actions and words didn't seem like the same person as books 1 & 2
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Clare Carter
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Yooo I don't know guys I have mixed feelings on this one. Basically, it can all be summed up with this: this trilogy was okay, but honestly had SO much squandered potential.

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
I felt completely let down by the ending of the Kingdom on Fire series. I had enjoyed the previous books in this series and was excited to see how it would all end. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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
Ok… I’m going to try to review this in the midst of an epic book hangover. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling put me through the emotional wringer. Seriously, this was a rollercoaster of emotions! It’s like I was equally devastated and elated all at the same time so I didn’t really know how to feel at any given time. The only thing I knew for sure was that what I was reading is brilliant.

The writing was exquisite as usual. Some of the imagery used in this was so intense and insane that it really made
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While some parts of this worked out just a bit too perfectly, I have to say I love how this ended.

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
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
The best part of this story was, and forever will be, Magnus. His snark, wit, and banter will be one thing I won't ever grow tired of.
Lianne Oelke
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never been so happy to have a series absolutely destroy me.
Cocktails and Books
That didn't end the way I thought it would. Full review to come.
Dena (Batch of Books)
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, library, ya
A fantastic finish to a fantastic series! I loved this finale. It was as explosive and magic and romantic as I could hope for.

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
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved this series from day 1 and I couldn't wait to see how Cluess ended things. I've loved Henrietta from the first day, she knows her own mind and knows what's right for her. As a high school teacher, I ADORED the fact that even within the constraints of the Victorian time period, slut shaming was put down and shown to be unacceptable. Even more, I loved that just because you have feelings/ are attracted to another person, it doesn't mean you are a good fit for a relationship. At times, p ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Ugh. Besides for the last chapter of this book, ugh is the best way to describe how I felt reading it. Just when I thought Henrietta couldn't get any worse, she did. She has to be one of my most disliked literary characters. The cluster-f*** romance thing was still horrible and Blackwood is a butt-face. Besides for getting to know how the Ancients issue ended, I sort of wish I hadn't read this book. So as a series I would say to give it a shot if you are feeling the synopsis for the first book, ...more
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


A Sorrow Fierce and Falling is the third and final installment in author Jessica Cluess' Kingdom on Fire trilogy. This story picks up where A Poison Dark and Drowning left off. 17-year old protagonist Henrietta (Nettie) Howel finds herself days from marrying Lord George Blackwood at Sorrow-Fell his ancestral home after escaping a disastrous loss to the Ancients. Meanwhile, Nettie hasn't told anyone that she has found the so called chose
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jessie signed my book "To Emily, you glorious bastard."

Well, Jessie, RIGHT. BACK. AT. YOU.
Nicole Collins
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! I love this series but this book really pissed me off 😭 I still really enjoyed it just not impressed in how things were ended! Rating may change because I do really enjoy this series!!
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm far too emotional to write a review.

Plot: A Poison Dark and Drowning dropped some major revelations and set A Sorrow Fierce and Falling up for an epic showdown between man and monster. Going into this, I was afraid that there would be too much to cover and the pacing would suffer from it. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling was the perfect ending for this series; for a decidedly somber book, Cluess still managed to include the charm and humor that set both A Shadow Bright and Burning and A Poison D
Kathy Martin
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the emotionally intense conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire trilogy. Henrietta Howal, her fiance George, Lord Blackwood, the remaining sorcerers and Queen Victoria have fled to Blackwood's home Shadow-Fell to plot a way to take back England from the Ancients who are overrunning it.

Howal and Lord Blackwood find that they have very different plans for defeating the Ancients and their relationship is tested to the breaking point by all the things are happening. Howal decides to flee Shadow-Fe
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