"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?~Goodreads Blurb
September 2016 was a good month for books and this is another addition to my list of good starter books. “A Shadow Bright and Burning” combines many of the best bits of YA fiction and pairs it with a Austen and Bronte vibe. The more supernatural feel left me with a similar feeling to the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud. Though I have to say that I found Author Jessica Cluess’ style to be a bit more lighthearted and humorous. It brought to mind the recent styles of books such as the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” or “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters”.Cluess has taken the time to not only supply readers with a group of “Big Bads” but also her doubting Chosen One gives the readers time to adjust alongside the main character, Henrietta.
This novel makes a great starter book for people who are new to the style and people who are just getting into these genres(from Fantasy to Magic Victorians.) There are a number of tropes that resonate throughout Young Adult Fiction and the combination would lend itself well as an introduction. Well written, and with an easy to read style, “A Shadow Bright and Burning” was a nice book curl up with and escape for a while. I would suggest this to people who enjoyed the previous books I mentioned and are looking for a fun read.
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Notes of the author from her Amazon page: Jessica Cluess was born in Los Angeles, moved to Chicago, and then moved back when the weather became too weather-y. She wrote her first book, A Shadow Bright and Burning, while working at a coffee shop and selling lattes to the rich and famous. A graduate of Northwestern University, she uses her education to study the vast intricacies of the Victorian era before slapping sorcerers and monsters into the whole mess. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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