Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ARC Review: A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling
Author: Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire (Book 3)
Publication: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 16, 2018)

Description: It's time for war.

After suffering terrible losses, Henrietta and Lord Blackwood have led their warriors to Sorrow-Fell, a vast estate where only those invited by a Blackwood may enter--and the ideal place to plan a final assault against the Ancients.

It's time for a wedding.

Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Blackwood, but when the ritual to become his bride reveals a dark secret, she realizes that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven; it's a trap. Convincing the sorcerers of this, however, is not easy. So with Maria, the true chosen one, and Magnus, the young man who once stole her heart, at her side, Henrietta plots a dangerous journey straight into the enemy's lair. Some will live. Some will die. All will be tested.

In this stunning conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire series, Henrietta must choose between the love from her past, the love from her present, and a love that could define her future. While battles rage, the fate of the kingdom rests on her decision: Will she fall or rise up to become the woman who saves the realm?

It's time for Henrietta to make her stand.

My Thoughts: This is the emotionally intense conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire trilogy. Henrietta Howal, her fiance George, Lord Blackwood, the remaining sorcerers and Queen Victoria have fled to Blackwood's home Shadow-Fell to plot a way to take back England from the Ancients who are overrunning it.

Howal and Lord Blackwood find that they have very different plans for defeating the Ancients and their relationship is tested to the breaking point by all the things are happening. Howal decides to flee Shadow-Fell, taking the Queen with her, and make her vision of the future which includes a consortium of witches, magicians, and sorcerers working together to send the Ancients back home.

This story has epic highs and lows, treachery and deceit, love and fidelity. It was a real emotional roller coaster that had me reading for a bit and then putting the book down to recover. Fans of the first two books of the series won't want to miss this conclusion despite the fact that some favorite characters don't survive the adventure.

Favorite Quote:
"More tricks," Magnus sighed, shaking his head. "So long as he doesn't turn anyone into a talking horse." He paused. "I mean, if he turned someone into a talking horse I'd laugh. Then I'd ride it around a bit. Then dress it in several hats. Then I'd get him to turn it back to a person."

"It worries me that you've put so much thought into this," I said.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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