A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One)
Henrietta Howell has been carefully trudging through life trying to hide her secret from the rest of the world because if someone found out she was a witch she would either be punished or executed. But that is all before she finds out she is a sorcerer, particularly the first female sorcerer who is professed to defeat the ancients. Yet, when Henrietta begins her training and is forced into the world of sorcery she and those around her begin to question her worth. Is she really the girl the prophesy spoke of?
"Jessica Cluess' A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING was a good YA fantasy novel that had a strong female heroine and just the right mix of magic."
Jessica Cluess' A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING was a good YA fantasy novel that had a strong female heroine and just the right mix of magic. Unfortunately, that is all the book was for me: good. There was nothing very special about this book, and I found myself reading it only when I was bored. Neither the plot nor the characters read off to be very interesting or original so the book didn't really hold my attention.
I though this was a typical fantasy novel where the main character finds out that instead of being broken they are actually someone special which is usually totally okay with me. Except in this book the characters were either really dull or really annoying, and I'm not going to elaborate because no spoilers. There were some scenes that added some suspense and excitement to the book which was great but that was only really towards the end of the book.
I would like to say that this was also the same reaction I had to Victoria Aveyard's THE RED QUEEN and I think these two books really relate, so if you liked THE RED QUEEN I would recommend this to you. Also, there were some aspects that I really enjoyed because they reminded me of Harry Potter, and who doesn't love some Harry Potter nostalgia. There were minor characters that made me think of some of the characters I really loved such as Dobby.
Overall, I personally would not recommend this book to everyone but if you like the typical fantasy mixed with romance I would say try this book. My sister is currently reading this book and she is almost done with it and she loves it! We had the same reactions to THE RED QUEEN, she loved it and I didn't, so I would say if you loved that book try this one.
Reviewed by Harleen K., Teen Board Member on September 30, 2016