A Shadow Bright and Burning

A Shadow Bright and Burning

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"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"--
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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553535921
0553535927
9780553535907
0553535900
9780553535914
0553535919
0143784730
Characteristics: 1 online resource (407 pages)

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 18, 2018

I think, at this point, I need to stop reading fantasies that sound the same as any other one. I had a feeling this was going to be a repeat of any other fantasy that I’ve read, but still gave it a try. The truth is that this is one of the most boring, anticlimactic book that I have ever read. To be fair, I couldn’t get past the halfway mark; but when nothing has happened, save for the sorceress naming her wand “Porridge”, you know it’s time to stop reading. Henrietta Howel is a young teacher when she is recruited by an all-powerful sorcerer and told she is the chosen one. But, is she, really? I don’t care to find out. Rating 1/5 @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Overall? I'd say this book felt like a classical example of Victorian time era plus some magic and teenage drama. I think the author could have gone with more of her own emotions and ideas, rather than targeting what "teens" like today and including all of these aspects in one book. But I did enjoy most of it while I was reading it. Henrietta, while infuriating at times, has a good heart. This isn't a book where the protagonist knows she is the protagonist and goes to prove her worth. This heroine has some intense doubts of her own strength, which is a nice detail that fuels a lot in the plot.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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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! =)

ArapahoeCatherine 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.

martha_w 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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