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A Sorrow Fierce and Falling

(Kingdom on Fire #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,620 ratings  ·  390 reviews
Magic, romance, and heart-pounding action bring the final book in the Kingdom on Fire series to a shocking and satisfying close. Justine Magazine says, "A pinch of Potter blended with a drop of [Cassandra Clare's] Infernal Devices."

"Plot twists so good they will leave you reeling."
--TRACI CHEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader

It's time for war.

After sufferin
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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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 :)…moreYes, this will be the final installment. I'm sad just thinking about it, but hopefully people will like it :)(less)
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Candace Robinson
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?

TW: some brief blood magic

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
Sara Saif
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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.

Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
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
Cindy ✩☽♔
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.
Juliet Bernal
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Ines Valenzuela
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...more
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. ...more
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Erika Sarutobi
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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

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
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
Clare Carter
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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Mavis Ros

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

Dena (Batch of Books)
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
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
Lauren Stoolfire
A Sorrow Fierce and Falling is a great series finale. Henrietta has grown so much over the course of the series. It was good to see how it all played out and for the most part I appreciated how it all wrapped up. Overall, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. Fiona Hardingham does a marvelous job of bringing this world to life. Was it just me or did anyone else picture Jenna Coleman as young Queen Victoria?
Lianne Oelke
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never been so happy to have a series absolutely destroy me. ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars because, while this book was a really satisfying conclusion, I felt the series could have easily been 4 books, or been 3 longer books. There wasn’t enough time spent with some of the things that occurred.
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this series and can recommend it.
Cocktails and Books
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
That didn't end the way I thought it would. Full review to come. ...more
I don’t even know where to start. This book was all over the place.
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
I was excited to start this finale to a series I've been following since the beginning, but was I ever disappointed.

- The characters, especially Henrietta, didn't feel genuine to how they've been portrayed since the beginning.
- There was a huge lull in the middle of the book that was painful to listen to (besides Fiona's voice) because nothing was happening.
- (view spoiler)

I guess I should say I do like the wri
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