A Shadow Bright And Burning by Jessica Cluess Book Review

This was a fun read! I really enjoyed the journey of Henrietta from lowly to chosen one to probably not chosen one! The complexity and conflict that comes from turning that trope on its head mixed with the regency era English feel made this book a unique delight.

Henrietta (Nettie) and her childhood friend Rook is caught up in a world of privileged sorcerers and cast out magicians. They are defending England against the seven demons that were released and are attacking and taking over towns throughout the country. It is believed that Nettie, a girl with fire magic, is the chosen one to save the country from the demons. She is also the first woman sorcerer in four hundred years.

Or is she?

Nettie must navigate a world of privilege run by men in a world that has certain expectations of women in this regency era novel. It was well done although I do confess that occasionally I kind of felt like I was on an episode of the bachelorette as Nettie must navigate between her childhood crush, Rook, the cold and brooding, Mr. Blackwood and the charming and flirtatious, Magnus. Haha!

But I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters and the twists were fun and exciting. The lessons and themes I feel are also timely.

If you are looking for a great dark magical twist that balances a pride and prejudice feel with demon hunting magic, then check out A Shadow Bright and Burning!

You can learn more about Jessica Cluess on her website.

Published by thewritingwizard

JA Curtis has always loved writing stories. One of her greatest dreams as a child was to have a book published. She never knew if that dream would become a reality. There were times when she stopped writing and thought she had given it up for good, but she always found herself coming back to it. So she has decided to share those stories in the hope that others might enjoy them as much as she does! When she’s not writing or re-watching ATLA for the 100th time, she is spending time with her husband and two daughters, or trying to live her life with half as much determination as Mina.

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