A Shadow Bright and Burning

A Shadow Bright and Burning

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Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers-- the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen 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.
"When her unusual powers mark her as the one destined to lead the war against the seven Ancients, Henrietta trains to become the first female sorcerer in centuries--though the true nature of her ability threatens to be revealed"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553535914
0553535919
9780553535907
0553535900
Branch Call Number: FIC/CLUESS
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 22 cm.

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pamerym568
Jul 24, 2017

It was definitely a twisted piece of fiction. I liked the way that the author changed the whole prophecy thing into an less common approach.
Hopefully the library can purchase the next book in the series! =)

AL_CATHERINE Dec 29, 2016

Excellent world-building and magic system with lots of great twists! Although it's set a little earlier in history, I think this would be a great fit for Harry Potter fans.

Beatricksy Nov 26, 2016

This book is a smooshing together of a lot of things, but mostly it takes the more dull parts of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Harry Potter, douses them in water, mixes in some ideas from other stories (swashbuckling romance, Doctor Who, ancient mythology) and tips out a book that's mostly boring and sometimes interesting but in general just ends up tasting sort of bland. I've seen the monsters before, the lead is a bit flat, but the banter between characters is very fun--some of the dialogue, mostly Mangus's, is sharp and clever and taken from the best parts of action movies. Also, I'm always a big fan of historical fantasy. If only there had been more fantasy, more of the Queen Mab and the wild, to counter out the rest. It just misses some color. It's harmlessly enjoyable if you can slog through the more slow parts--most of which is attempting to place the book in its setting.

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marthabwaters
Sep 28, 2016

This is an example of a fantasy that doesn't have much new, but which takes familiar tropes and worldbuilding elements and puts its own twist on them, well enough to make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I am almost guaranteed to read any book set in Victorian England about a lady sorcerer, so there's lots here I was bound to enjoy, but I particularly enjoyed Cluess' twist on the chosen one trope, and I thought the worldbuilding was well-done and detailed without being overly confusing (a pitfall for many fantasies). Like I said -- this isn't terribly innovative or groundbreaking, but it's enjoyable and I'll be eagerly awaiting the sequel.

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