We are so excited to share our thoughts on A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess but before we do, we want to share the details about the book!A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, Book Three) by Jessica Cluess
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Also by this author: Kingdom on Fire 01. A Shadow Bright and Burning
Published by Random House Children's Books on October 16th 2018
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, General, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
t’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.
I’ve been waiting to get my hands on A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess since the moment I turned the last page of book 2 in this series. Cluess does a fantastic job of combining a fantasy and magical world into a historical setting and since these also happen to be some of my favorite genres I definitely hopped on board the “I’m loving it” train. Since this is a book 3, I can’t promise not to spoil any of the prior books but will avoid any spoilers with this one.
Book 3 picks up shortly after the wrap of A Poison Dark and Drowning. As Henrietta is preparing to marry Blackwood, she finds out she must complete a ritual and when she does, she also finds out that Sorrow-Fell is not the safe place they thought it would be. The thing I like about Henrietta is that she isn’t afraid to do whatever is necessary to further their cause against the Ancients and protect the people she loves. Because of that, she also has to face some pretty daunting things but with the right people at her side, she does well.
As the war against the Ancients continues, Henrietta’s relationships with the people around her do take some hits…don’t get me wrong, there are for sure some good things but a lot happens and not all of it turns out great. Of course, there is Blackwood…but she also has Maria, Magnus, and Rook is out there somewhere too. I thought Cluess did a great job of pulling all these characters together and keeping their stories connected. Now, you all know that with a book 3 that it is possible that not everyone will make it out of this fight alive and that’s all I will say about that.
So much happens in this book that I can’t really give you details on only because I don’t want to ruin even one page of this book for you. Just know that there is great progression in this book. We find out a lot about all of the characters and how they react when things go wrong, that’s for sure. Admittedly, I wasn’t entirely happy with some things that happened and some of it felt a bit rushed and there were for sure characters I wanted more of in this story, but I also have to keep reminding myself that Henrietta is at the center of this story and not everyone else.
In the end, there is so much about this series that I love, and I will admit that I had a few moments of disappointment with this installment. With that said, I still really enjoyed the series and look forward to more from Cluess. If you are looking for a book that combines magic, danger, and solid characters with a historical vibe, consider checking this book/series out.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy.