First Lines Fridays – September 22, 2017

Posted September 22, 2017 in First Line Fridays / 0 Comments

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. Where we can judge a book by its opening lines instead of by its cover.  One of the weekly memes I love doing when I get the chance.  Have fun!


“The sorcerer arrived on a Saturday.”

Scroll down to find out which book the line is from…

First Lines Fridays  – September 22, 2017A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1) by Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on September 20th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Magic & Sorcery, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
ISBN: 0553535900
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Henrietta can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta is not the chosen one.

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?


A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess is book one in her Kingdom on Fire series.

Book two, A Poison Dark and Drowning, released on September 19th, 2017!


First Lines Fridays  – September 22, 2017A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, #2) by Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #2
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on September 19th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic & Sorcery, Historical
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
ISBN: 0553535943
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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?

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 to 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.

I am excited to read Jessica Cluess’ second installment to this great series.  Can’t wait to read.

How about you?  What are you reading at the moment or planning to read this weekend?



About Jessica Cluess

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 and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.

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