September 8, 2017

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire - Book One) Only $1.99 by Jessica Cluess

A Shadow Bright and Burning
Kingdom on Fire - Book One
by Jessica Cluess 
$9.99 $1.99 at Time of Posting
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Children's Paranormal, Occult, Supernatural
Published by: Random House LLC
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Length: 418

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?


Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.

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.

But Henrietta Howel 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, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?
Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess's spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettably heroine, and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. - Hand to fans of Libba Bray, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare.
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 Magazine
Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy. -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
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
A fun, inventive fantasy. I totally have a book crush on Rook. -- Sarah Rees Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
Pure enchantment. I love how Cluess turned the 'chosen one' archetype on its head. 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
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

About Jessica Cluess

This probably won’t be very long, because most of my life is spent sitting in dark rooms, writing and hissing at the sun. Clearly Los Angeles was a superb choice for a hometown, because there’s plenty of sun to hiss at.

As a kid, I sort of knew how to skateboard. My list of impressive accomplishments dies there.

In high school, I didn’t hang out with the cool kids, but I was in their AP classes.

In college, I finally found a group of people who have seen Eddie Izzard’s stand-up concert ‘Dressed To Kill’ and I knew I’d discovered my tribe.

After college, I had an assortment of odd jobs. I performed Cinderella for most of Texas, moderated a radio news site, served coffee to Orson Scott Card and was probably working for the NSA at some point. It was a sketchy time.

Throughout these years, I wrote many bad things. Then I wrote something that was okay. Then, with the help of some friends, I started writing things that were kind of good. Hopefully, I keep going.

Final thoughts: if you haven’t seen Bram Stoker’s Dracula, get on it. That movie is wonderfully insane.

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