If Historical Fiction and Fantasy had a baby this would most certainly be it!
First off I have to say how awesome this cover is and after reading the book it fits perfectly.
So, A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess is book one of the Kingdom of Fire series. Book two: A Poison Dark and Drowning is supposedly due out sometime this year which I cannot wait for, I need more now!
This series takes place in like 19th century styled England but unlike real life 7 grotesque monsters known as the Ancients are waging war on the Earth, the only thing fighting against them are the sorcerers. This book introduced you to Henrietta Howell, the first female Sorcerer in many years, but is she really who they think she is?
This book is Howell’s story of friendship, trials of life and death and overall is a masterpiece of girl power. Jessica addresses a time old problem where women are brought down, thought less of, even believed they are easily manipulated, along with their persecution. This novel made me fall in love deeply with all the main characters, it also had a Pride and Prejudice feel about it, when it comes to a few of the lovely characters. The writing is exquisite and the best part of the whole experience, besides the amazing plot, great characters and pure amazement of the web she has woven in this story; is the message that anyone no matter their gender, station in life, race, you name it can rise above it all.
If you love great fantasies or historical romances, with badass characters, alot of mixed romance within and above all a book full of true problems and morals that still are being addressed today, which makes it all that more real. Please pick it up, I promise you won’t regret it. I of course gave this 5 out of 5 stars and have added it to my favorites series list. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review. This is my honest opinion about the book.
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