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The magicians want her to lead.
The sorcerers want her to lie.
The demons want her blood.
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?
In this gripping 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 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 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? 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 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, meet powerful new allies, and discover that some old wounds are still full of poison.
This series is outstanding! Seriously, I love these characters and this story. Jessica Cluess magically combines romance and adventure to create this nail-biting Victorian fantasy. Each character has their own distinct personality that shines through in their dialogue and actions. The storyline is fast paced and had me pouring over every page to find out what happened next. A Poison Dark and Drowning didn't end on a cliffhanger, but I was not ready for the story to end yet! Which leads me to my only disappointment: Book 3 won't be out until Fall 2018.
I voluntarily received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Women's hearts are more complex than men's, I find. Less virile, less passionate, but so utterly complicated."
"One cannot look into the Devil's eyes and expect to glimpse his soul."
"You agree with me, don't you? Marriage without love is an abominable fate."
"When I had your friendship, I thought I could never want for anything more. But over time, I have come to feel for you beyond anything I thought I could."
"When I met him in the flesh, would I find any remnants of goodness? Or had his greatness burned that humanity away?"
"You are the first and only person who saw me and still cared. How could I not love you? How could I hope you would understand what need is in that kind of love?"
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