A Poison Dark and Drowning

A Poison Dark and Drowning

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"Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic. I can't decide if this book stole my heart or ripped it out of my chest." --Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

The magicians want her to lead.
The sorcerers want her to lie.
The demons want her blood.
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?

In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.

Henrietta doesn't need a prophecy to know that she's in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook's system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients' past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

Praise for A Shadow Bright and Burning:

"Is it clear that Cluess adores the Harry Potter series and Jane Eyre ? Yes. So do you. So does everyone. What matters is that her voice is her own. . . . A Shadow Bright and Burning delivers on the promise of its title. This is a novel that gives off light and heat." -- The New York Times

"The magic! The intrigue! The guys! We were sucked into this monster-ridden alternative England from page one. Henrietta is literally a 'girl on fire' and this team of sorcerers training for battle had a pinch of Potter blended with a drop of [Cassandra Clare's] Infernal Devices." -- Justine

"Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world's best hope! Jessica Cluess is an awesome storyteller!" -- Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553535952
Branch Call Number: YA CLUESS J
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 22 cm.


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May 07, 2018

Oh my goodness, not going to lie but this book was a lot better than the first!! If you didn't like the first, I still think this one is worth pushing for. Henrietta, the protagonist, is a strong female characters who's heart leads her into a lot of trouble. But in a city where magic is rampant and monsters in all the shadows, she must find confidence in those she can trust. But WHO? The way this book ended was dramatic and good, but now I can't wait for the nest book!!
- @Siri of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 05, 2018

First of all I just want to say OMG. I was super excited going into this because I had been waiting for the sequel forever! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will say there were a few plot lines that I saw coming (the whole Maria thing). also black wood was acting really odd through out the book. im not sure if it was a set up for the next one or what but I didn't like it at all. and then we have Rook... yeah I'm not even going to tough that. Also the whole plot with the evil being.... mind blown. why do I have to wait for the next book!!! I want it now!!! *throws myself on the floor*

Dec 10, 2017

Not as good as the first book, but it's readable.


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