A Shadow Bright and Burning Review

a-shadow-bright-and-burning-by-jessica-cluessTitle: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Author: Jessica Cluess

Release Date: September 20th, 2016

Publisher: Random House

Page Count: 416

Rating: 2000px-3.5_stars.svg.png

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves.

Overall thoughts

The premise of this book really hooked me when I first read it. It was about this girl, Henrietta Howel who is supposedly the chosen one that this world needs to conquer a great evil. She is to be a female sorcerer something which is quite rare since the last known female sorcerer was alive over 400 years ago. Yet all is not well since Henrietta  has doubts as to whether she’s actually the person that has been prophesied and whether she’ll be the right person that all these people  It had the combined themes of magic and the chosen ones ( two of my favorite things ever) and I loved it. The author took a twist on the classic chosen one idea and it was magnificent. One thing that kind of turned me off this books was that there was no clear-cut love interest, there’s like three guys that this could be a possibility with and of those three one I kinda like but i don’t think that Henrietta is leaning towards him. Sigh. 



Henrietta: As a main character she was ok, I wasn’t completely in love with her but I could understand the decisions she made (most of them anyway) even if some of them were kind of stupid. She kind of had to grow on me and hopefully i’ll like her more in the next book…only time will tell.

Lord Blackwell: He’s the one I kind of want her to end up with, He was a huge asshole at the beginning of the book but he gets better towards the end. The possibilities of what role his character will play next are endless.

Magnus: Another asshole (can you see the theme here). He doesn’t start out as one and I actually liked his character at the beginning of the he was funny kind and sweet, but things happen (spoilery things) and his name will now forever be imbibed with those of the assholes.

Rook: Henrietta’s best friend, turned weird monster type thing. He had been affected by the Ancients and now he’s really creepy. He has a not so secret crush on Henrietta, but he’s creepy so that can’t happen…hopefully.


Magic System:

The Sorcerer’s: Basically the nobility, they are able to manipulate the elements and are generally considered the strongest of all who are able to control magic

The Magicians: If sorcerers are nobility, magicians are the peasants. They are generally considered as vermin (that maybe a little strong but that’s the gist of it) and are ostracized in their society. Where Sorcerers are only able to manipulate existing elements magicians are able to create them

Witches: We don’t really know much about witches because a lot like real history, witches are burned. But from what I can gather they’re relatively harmless, and the magic they deal in is stuff like healing and  growing things.


This book takes place in Victorian England, where just over a decade ago, 7 beings called the Ancients entered their world and are now ravaging England. These ancients are  giant, ugly otherworldly monsters whose goal is to kill everyone and destroy England

I hope you enjoyed this review. Have you read A shadow Bright and Burning? What did you think?


I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


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