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    smiles030's book review was featured in A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One).
    Henrietta Howel has lots to figure out as a person. She has mystical fire powers. Where did they come from and why? Suddenly she and her best friend Rook are whisked away to a sorcerer society where they claim she is the one to save them from the Ancients. The Ancients are ruthless monsters who destroy everything in their path. She begins training with a group of of 5 boys and finds some new friendships. She struggles in the beginning, too much for her taste, so she goes to see a magician. Something that is wildly frowned upon. Turns out she is not, in fact a sorcerer but a magician. After she realizes this, has to lie to her friends so that she can be accepted in the Order. She eventually achieves sorcerer-hood and defeats one of the Ancients. Personally, I really wanted to like this book but I found that it was very fast. It did not provide many descriptions in any setting and it did not explain much of the complicated plot. I like complex stories but it was very hard to figure out the actual backstory. Also many characters secrets were mentioned quite a few times in key moments but I kept having to refer back to the page where it was described. The secrets weren't very memorable and each character had their own which made it hard to decipher what secret they were referencing. Relating to the characters, I thought they were way too much like the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (great series btw). The characters had most of the same struggles. Their relationships were similar. At first you don't notice it, but as the book progresses you see it. This book had a great plot but if you are looking for some other interesting books like this I suggest all of Cassandra Clare's teen fiction.
    Over 3 years ago
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    Henrietta Howel has lots to figure out as a person. She has mystical fire powers. Where did they come from and why? Suddenly she and her best friend Rook are whisked away to a sorcerer society where they claim she is the one to save them from the Ancients. The Ancients are ruthless monsters who destroy everything in their path. She begins training with a group of of 5 boys and finds some new friendships. She struggles in the beginning, too much for her taste, so she goes to see a magician. Something that is wildly frowned upon. Turns out she is not, in fact a sorcerer but a magician. After she realizes this, has to lie to her friends so that she can be accepted in the Order. She eventually achieves sorcerer-hood and defeats one of the Ancients. Personally, I really wanted to like this book but I found that it was very fast. It did not provide many descriptions in any setting and it did not explain much of the complicated plot. I like complex stories but it was very hard to figure out the actual backstory. Also many characters secrets were mentioned quite a few times in key moments but I kept having to refer back to the page where it was described. The secrets weren't very memorable and each character had their own which made it hard to decipher what secret they were referencing. Relating to the characters, I thought they were way too much like the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (great series btw). The characters had most of the same struggles. Their relationships were similar. At first you don't notice it, but as the book progresses you see it. This book had a great plot but if you are looking for some other interesting books like this I suggest all of Cassandra Clare's teen fiction.
    Over 3 years ago
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