A Shadow Bright and Burning
Book 1 in the Kingdom on Fire series
Out from Random House September 20, 2016
Henrietta can burst into flames
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.
But Henrietta is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?
Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess’s spellbinding first book in the Kingdom on Fire series introduces a powerful, unforgettable heroine and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal.
Praise for A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING
“Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean.” Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen.
“Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world’s best hope!” Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author
“A fun, inventive fantasy.” Sarah Rees Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
“A glorious, fast-paced romp of an adventure. Jessica Cluess has built her story out of my favorite ingredients: sorcery, demons, romance, and danger.” Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters
“Pure enchantment. With the emotional intensity of my favorite fantasy books, this is the kind of story that makes you forget yourself.” Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
“Henrietta is pragmatic and bitingly funny, and she more than holds her own in a man’s world. Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy.” Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)