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A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, Book Three)
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A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, Book Three)
"A pinch of Potter blended with a drop of [Cassandra Clare's] Infernal Devices." —JUSTINE MAGAZINE
"Plot twists so good they will leave you reeling."
TRACI CHEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader

IT'S TIME FOR HER POWER TO RULE.
As Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Lord Blackwood, she discovers that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven from the bloodthirsty Ancients. It's a trap. So with her friend Maria 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. The fate of the kingdom rests on her decision: Will she fall or rise up to become the woman who saves the realm?
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
"Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean."
VICTORIA AVEYARD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen
"Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic."
STEPHANIE GARBER, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
"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 pinch of Potter blended with a drop of [Cassandra Clare's] Infernal Devices." —JUSTINE MAGAZINE
"Plot twists so good they will leave you reeling."
TRACI CHEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader

IT'S TIME FOR HER POWER TO RULE.
As Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Lord Blackwood, she discovers that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven from the bloodthirsty Ancients. It's a trap. So with her friend Maria 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. The fate of the kingdom rests on her decision: Will she fall or rise up to become the woman who saves the realm?
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
"Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean."
VICTORIA AVEYARD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen
"Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic."
STEPHANIE GARBER, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
"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
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    The monster was expecting me.

    At least, that was how it seemed as I approached the edge of the barrier to Sorrow-Fell, breaking through the mist to find the demon Molochoron. The thought that this creature anticipated me was nonsense, of course. He was only a ten-foot-tall blob of jelly with dark, sharp hairs protruding from his so-called flesh. He'd no capacity to think or to plot. Only to destroy.

    Yet as I stood before the Ancient, I couldn't shake the idea that he knew me.

    The barrier was invisible, but its protection was absolute. These lands had been gifted to Blackwood's family by a faerie lord, and as such could not be accessed without a Blackwood's permission. I stood my ground and stared at Molochoron, the Pale Destroyer, studying the writhing shapes within the mass of pale jelly. Were they the monster's latest victims, now being digested?

    The pain in my shoulder flared to think of it.

    "There are more today, Henrietta." Maria had worn her peacock-blue cloak, providing a dab of color against the winter landscape. She pointed toward figures shambling out of the fog to stand beside Molochoron, their master. These creatures appeared human, but only vaguely. Their faces had melted, the flesh on their hands and arms bubbling with sores.

    Familiars. Servants of the Seven Ancients.

    Molochoron roared, sounding like nothing so much as a lion trapped in a vat of jam. The sound shook snow from the trees, but we were safe behind the barrier.

    Maria was right; more creatures arrived every day. Ten this morning, I counted, scribbling the number in my journal. Blackwood had thought it odd that I'd volunteer to check the borders in the early morning. It wasn't a particularly glamorous—or warm—job. But it was the only way that Maria and I could work in secret on her, well, her particular destiny.

    Being the chosen one, she'd a great responsibility.

    "What've you got for me today?" Maria toed the very line of the barrier. She and Molochoron were a mere half foot from one another. I believed the ball of putrescence purred at having such a challenger near.

    I slid my pencil and notebook into my little reticule and tied the strings. "Can you manage an ice tunnel from back here?"

    Maria summoned a stinging cloud of needle-sharp snow, then flung it past the barrier to engulf Molochoron, who disappeared from view. The world before us turned a violent white for several minutes before Maria lowered her hands, settling the snow and ice. If we had anticipated a great, bellowing charge from the Ancient, we were disappointed. Molochoron had rolled a half foot to the left at most. Snow had settled on him like a dusting of sugar upon a cake.

    "Er, perhaps not. Try something with the trees."

    Maria took my advice readily, placing her hands on the earth. With a grunt, she dug her fingers into the snow.

    Molochoron was surrounded on either side by tall, ancient pines. At Maria's order, they bent like graceful dancers in the midst of a plié. The branches sought to entrap the demon, who merely rolled a few yards back, completely out of harm's way.

    "So far, I've a knack for moving Ancients slightly to the left," Maria grumbled.

    "Yes, but you do it so well." As far as encouraging words went, mine left a lot to be desired. Honestly, it felt like the bloody monster was humoring us.

    Maria put the trees back in their proper place. Huffing, she stood. Her face was flushed, and not merely with the cold. Disappointment painted her features.

    "Suppose that's enough for now," she grumbled, slipping her hands inside...

About the Author-
  • 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 and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.
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  • The New York Times Praise for the Kingdom on Fire series:
    "Is it clear that Cluess adores the Harry Potter series and Jane Eyre? Yes. So do you. So does everyone. What matters is that her voice is her own. . . . A Shadow Bright and Burning delivers on the promise of its title. This is a novel that gives off light and heat."
  • Publishers Weekly, Starred * "Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy."
  • SARAH REES BRENNAN, New York Times bestselling author "A fun, inventive fantasy. I totally have a book crush on Rook."
  • ROSHANI CHOKSHI, 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."
  • KELLY LINK, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of Get in Trouble "A glorious, fast-paced romp of an adventure. Jessica Cluess has built her story out of my favorite ingredients: sorcery, demons, romance, and danger."
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