The Magicians want her to lead.
The Sorcerers want her to lie.
The Demons want her blood.
Henrietta wants to save her love.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?
Title: A Poison Dark and Drowning, Kingdom on Fire Book 2
Author: Jessica Cluess
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Random House
Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients. 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? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own.
So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast and seek out strange 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, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.
In this intoxicating second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and warriors fighting for survival against terrible odds. Here, Henrietta discovers that some old wounds are still full of poison.
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 jessicacluess.com
It’s so hard to review a second book of a series without accidentally spoiling the first book. So, heed this warning- don’t read this if you haven’t read A Shadow Bright and Burning! You can find my review of ASBAB here.
I loved ASBAB so much, and was so thrilled that I had a review copy of A Poison Dark and Drowning to jump right into. I loved the story line and setting of ASBAB, as well as the characters, and I couldn’t wait to have some of my questions answered in APDAD!
Can I just start by saying that I love the world building!! In APDAD, we get to see more of the fairie realm, and I really enjoyed that aspect. Cluess has such a unique voice, and her worlds are equally exceptional and unlike anything else I’ve read, yet entirely convincing, as real to me as Hogwarts or Narnia.
I appreciated that Cluess took Henrietta in the opposite direction of the common fantasy trope, making her the main character but not the heroine of the story itself. It’s so refreshing to read a story that you can’t predict every plot twist and ending as well!
In APDAD we find out more about the ancients entrance to our world, and it also uncovers the mystery surrounding Henrietta’s father, plus Mickelmas’ true role in bringing the Ancients to earth.
Another development is, of course, an added element to Henrietta’s love life. I won’t give anything away here, but just say that there BETTER be a book 3, because I NEED ANSWERS NOW! *deep breath*
All in all, A Poison Dark and Drowning is a perfect second book to the Kingdom on Fire series. Be prepared for more magic, more fighting, more love, and yes, more betrayal.
You can get your own copy of A Poison Dark and Drowning here: http://amzn.to/2zmsNp1
Get the first book in the Kingdom on Fire Series, A Shadow Bright and Burning, Here: http://amzn.to/2hRFYav
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