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A Sorrow Fierce and Falling

(Kingdom on Fire #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  536 ratings  ·  116 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
Hardcover, 432 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 :)
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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?

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.

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

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)
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  ·  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
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
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  ·  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
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)
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Dec 07, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018, own
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio-book-2018
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.
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Cocktails and Books
That didn't end the way I thought it would. Full review to come.
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
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
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
*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
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
I have no idea what to rate this because there were aspects I enjoyed and were dramatic and intense, but also the mashing of Jane Eyre and this fantasy world was way too much. And once I saw the Jane Eyre parallels I couldn’t un-see them, and it was incredibly distracting and made the whole thing feel like a fanfic. (If the Jane Eyre connection had been made clear in any of the blurbs or the summaries of the books, I may have been able to forgive this because then it wouldn’t have felt like the ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't fallen in love with a series for such a long time, but this ending was phenomenal. I read it in a day, burning (ahaha) through the riveting story. I wept most of the last 40 pages, my heart wrenching. I was happy, angry, surprised, sad, and I loved every second of it. It felt so right, but was also so, so sad. Thank you for an amazing series, I cannot wait for whatever you write, next.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent ending to this trilogy. The monster/gods were Lovecraftian, and horrifying in that respect. The Skinless Man was a great villain. I think this is a strong debut trilogy form this author.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Skimmed to the end...I can't with this book and the characters. Such a pity.
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
Erin Arkin
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been waiting to get my hands on A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess since the moment I turned the last page of book 2 in this series. Cluess does a fantastic job of combining a fantasy and magical world into a historical setting and since these also happen to be some of my favorite genres I definitely hopped on board the “I’m loving it” train. Since this is a book 3, I can’t promise not to spoil any of the prior books but will avoid any spoilers with this one.

Book 3 picks up short
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Other books in the series

Kingdom on Fire (3 books)
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)
  • A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, #2)
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