A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluess

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Posted on October 5, 2017 10:24:47 PM UTC
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Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One)
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ISBN: 9780553535938
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This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. I was looking for a quick read in the library that would only take me a few days. Only this book was more than quick. I finished this book in less than a day. It excited me from the beginning of the book and right to the end. On the afternoon I finished, I set a reminder on my phone telling me when it’s sequel to came out. I think a lot of people would enjoy this book. The book is about a girl named Henrietta Howel who discovers she has uncontrollable power to ignite herself on fire. A sorcerer called Agrippa comes to investigate fires that seem to be started by a young girl (Henrietta works at a boarding school), looking for the sorcerers chosen one who is prophesized to be a female sorcerer ( there hasn’t been one for hundreds of years ) and to be their savior from the Ancients. The Ancients were monsters that were brought through a portal made by a witch named Mary Willoughby and a magician named Howard Mickelmas. While Henrietta is walking with her Unclean best friend Rook, an Ancient named Korozoth attacks. Agrippa rushes outside but gets there as Henrietta bursts into flames to save Rook. Agrippa names her the “chosen one” and brings her and Rook to his land in London to train among his other trainees Magnus, Blackwood, Dee, Wolfe, Lambe, and Cellini. They are kind of suspicious of her being the prophesied one. I was too, sort of, because if she was what would the story be about? In the sorcerer community, there is one that is the head of everything called the Imperator. He takes Howel and tests her on her power so they know she is capable of being a Royal Sorcerer. They place four elements in front of her. Water, fire, earth, and wind. She is told that being a sorcerer is clearing your mind and the elements will move. When this doesn’t work, she just pictures what will happen and passes the test. This is the start to the entire series. She is not the chosen one. What is important is what she does with that information. I think I liked this book because it never really slowed down. Something was always happening but it did not feel rushed. The ending was a huge cliff hanger and leaves you wanting to read the sequel right then and there. I think people who like fantasy, tiny bit of romance, and adventure then they would definitely love this book.