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A Poison Dark and Drowning Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Cluess, Jessica
ISBN: 0553535978     ISBN-13: 9780553535976
Publisher: Ember
    OUR PRICE: $8.99  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: September 2018
Annotation: In the gripping fantasy sequel to A Shadow Bright and Burning that Justine magazine says is “a pinch of Potter blended with a drop of Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare),” Henrietta wants to save her love, but his dark magic may be her undoing.

“Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?
In the second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.

Henrietta came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? In order to try, Henrietta persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, make powerful allies, and discover that some old wounds are still full of poison.
Praise for Jessica Cluess's A Shadow Bright and Burning, Kingdom on Fire, Book 1:
“This is a novel that gives off light and heat.” —The New York Times
“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

“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
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magic; Fiction.
Demonology; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018184186
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Kingdom on Fire
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.80 lbs) 417 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel, A Shadow Bright and Burning. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Sorcerer Henrietta was named the chosen one to save Victorian London from the demonic Ancients ([cf2]A Shadow Bright and Burning[cf1]). Though the prophecy was wrong, Henrietta grows increasingly desperate for a way to kill the Ancients--and stop the boy she loves from becoming a monster. Plenty of dramatic twists, romantic entanglements, betrayals, and secrets will hook readers in this entertaining second volume. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 July)

Gr 7 Up—Henrietta Howell returns with a new agenda: to save the one she loves. However, others have different plans for her. The magicians want her to be a leader, and the sorcerers want her to lie. There are those who believe that she is still the chosen one. Henrietta goes up against more monsters and demons. As in A Shadow Bright and Burning, Henrietta proves to be a confident and clever heroine. The transformation of Rook (her childhood friend and romantic interest) in this second installment will intrigue readers—even after they think that Henrietta has forgotten about him. While the protagonist is determined to find the truth, she meets plenty of challenges along the way, including a cast of characters who are just as conniving as she. As in the previous volume, Cluess keeps the action moving in the right direction. Fans will anxiously wait for the conclusion to this romantic and magical fantasy series. VERDICT Outstanding character development and an engaging setting will make this entry in the trilogy one that most young adult collections should have.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.