A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, #3)
It’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.

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, #3) Details

TitleA Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, #3)
Author
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherRandom House BFYR
ISBN-139780553536003
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, #3) Review

  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I'm going to say this was a five star read even though what I have to say may not feel like it is! To start, anything that involve fire power, give it to me!What I love about these books is the world—it has some pretty awesome and dark descriptions! I also love the historical type setting, even though it is a fantasy world. Also, I absolutely love Magnus! When I read book one, I probably wouldn't have said that, but since book two, my mind has been changed. Who would have thought?Let' First off, I'm going to say this was a five star read even though what I have to say may not feel like it is! To start, anything that involve fire power, give it to me!What I love about these books is the world—it has some pretty awesome and dark descriptions! I also love the historical type setting, even though it is a fantasy world. Also, I absolutely love Magnus! When I read book one, I probably wouldn't have said that, but since book two, my mind has been changed. Who would have thought?Let's get to the nitty gritty—geez, Henrietta has been one character I've wanted to shake all along. The chemistry between her and Blackwood got real weird in book two and even worse here. Still not sure about the Rook situation either—she was all about putting him first before, but then barely thought of him in this book.Cluess, though, has a way of keeping you immersed in the story and it's addicting words. Like I said above, her descriptions are fantastic. Besides wanting to strangle Henrietta a few times, I enjoyed this book much more than book two and felt it was on the same level as the first one! And that ending was perfection!
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    2/7/18The cover is beautiful! But I’m sad they changed the font to match the paperback editions rather than the previous hardcover editions. 1/30/18Finally getting to read the synopsis and I'm just like: My shipping heart is so worried The love from her past: Magnus The love from her present: Blackwood? A love that could define her future: ??? ---We have a title! 🎉 But why, oh why, does it sound so sad? Ugh, I pray my shipper's heart isn’t broken after this one.
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  • Juliet Bernal
    January 1, 1970
    I had received a copy of the digital arc from netgalley for an honest review, and truly it doesn't get more honest than this. The Kingdom on Fire trilogy has left me breathless with each book, with its finale truly hitting the hardest. I read this in one glorious sitting, and birds are chirping and the sun is rising outside my window as I manage to write this in the aftermath of finishing this story while tears stream down my face. Jessica Cluess has written an outstanding conclusion to her bril I had received a copy of the digital arc from netgalley for an honest review, and truly it doesn't get more honest than this. The Kingdom on Fire trilogy has left me breathless with each book, with its finale truly hitting the hardest. I read this in one glorious sitting, and birds are chirping and the sun is rising outside my window as I manage to write this in the aftermath of finishing this story while tears stream down my face. Jessica Cluess has written an outstanding conclusion to her brilliant story, showing that happy endings come in many forms, and not all are absolutely painless. This trilogy has been an emotional roller coaster, with A Sorrow Fierce and Falling being the most intense yet thrilling part of the ride. I don't believe I've read a tale more enchanting and visceral, and I can truly say that I will remember it as one of my favorites of all time. This has been one of the best books I've read all year, and you certainly will not want to miss the extraordinary ending of this marvelous series.
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  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    You can see my full review here!A Shadow Bright and Burning - ★★★★A Poison Dark and Drowning - ★★★*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*I fought for my life not to DNF this and considering that I didn't, I need some kind of award... or something.Cause this was bad. My emotions went from uncomfortable, to rage, to disappointment, to finally a lack of caring. The plot was everywhere, execution was lacking and I could care less about You can see my full review here!A Shadow Bright and Burning - ★★★★A Poison Dark and Drowning - ★★★*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*I fought for my life not to DNF this and considering that I didn't, I need some kind of award... or something.Cause this was bad. My emotions went from uncomfortable, to rage, to disappointment, to finally a lack of caring. The plot was everywhere, execution was lacking and I could care less about the characters... especially the main character. Because she just... refuses to develop. Over the entire series, she constantly makes mistakes which is fine... if she grew and thought things through. I'm not asking her to be perfect, but it's the simple things that would have prevented the majority of her mistakes.And who decided to put her in an abusive relationship? It would have been okay if she realized she was in this toxic relationship and didn't continuously talk about fate and how their souls were destined and pity him for being lonely. Yet because of that, even with her finding new love, she never held him accountable for his actions.If I'm honest? Since a major theme of this entire series is how you can love two people in different ways, I kind of was hoping for a polyamorous relationship... which didn't happen so.....The only compliments I could give in here was the emphasis on female friendships, Lilly and Dee’s side inconsequential plot, a few LGBTQIAP+ side relationships and Rook’s resolution. Granted, looking back, it does seem a bit out of place, but I’m pulling for straws here. I'm just... disappointed.09/27-- I hated this02/09-- Wait... so we're still pushing this love... *enter complicated geometry shape here*?
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  • Shoshana
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my god the crying and the laughing and I loved this!Faster paced than the other two - definitely cramming in a lot more plot in the last book, but it works out pretty well. I anticipate people having issues with some of the romance stuff, but honestly I think it was done really beautifully, particularly this idea that you can genuinely love more than one person, in different ways, and that life sometimes makes you give up one happy ending for another. (Even if there really aren't any 100% hap Oh my god the crying and the laughing and I loved this!Faster paced than the other two - definitely cramming in a lot more plot in the last book, but it works out pretty well. I anticipate people having issues with some of the romance stuff, but honestly I think it was done really beautifully, particularly this idea that you can genuinely love more than one person, in different ways, and that life sometimes makes you give up one happy ending for another. (Even if there really aren't any 100% happy endings.) Really this series, particularly this installment, is all about complexity of feelings and emotions and I love it.
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  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    OMG THAT COVER
  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    I have no idea what to rate this because there were aspects I enjoyed and were dramatic and intense, but also the mashing of Jane Eyre and this fantasy world was way too much. And once I saw the Jane Eyre parallels I couldn’t un-see them, and it was incredibly distracting and made the whole thing feel like a fanfic. (If the Jane Eyre connection had been made clear in any of the blurbs or the summaries of the books, I may have been able to forgive this because then it wouldn’t have felt like the I have no idea what to rate this because there were aspects I enjoyed and were dramatic and intense, but also the mashing of Jane Eyre and this fantasy world was way too much. And once I saw the Jane Eyre parallels I couldn’t un-see them, and it was incredibly distracting and made the whole thing feel like a fanfic. (If the Jane Eyre connection had been made clear in any of the blurbs or the summaries of the books, I may have been able to forgive this because then it wouldn’t have felt like the author was trying to pull one over on us.) The plot was all over the place, reminding me of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, which I had to dnf. If you’re one for insane plots with constant dramatic reveals, but not so concerned about understanding the characters, this series might be for you.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I've loved this series from day 1 and I couldn't wait to see how Cluess ended things. I've loved Henrietta from the first day, she knows her own mind and knows what's right for her. As a high school teacher, I ADORED the fact that even within the constraints of the Victorian time period, slut shaming was put down and shown to be unacceptable. Even more, I loved that just because you have feelings/ are attracted to another person, it doesn't mean you are a good fit for a relationship. At times, p I've loved this series from day 1 and I couldn't wait to see how Cluess ended things. I've loved Henrietta from the first day, she knows her own mind and knows what's right for her. As a high school teacher, I ADORED the fact that even within the constraints of the Victorian time period, slut shaming was put down and shown to be unacceptable. Even more, I loved that just because you have feelings/ are attracted to another person, it doesn't mean you are a good fit for a relationship. At times, plot points seemed a bit rushed, but all in all, I loved this book.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This is the emotionally intense conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire trilogy. Henrietta Howal, her fiance George, Lord Blackwood, the remaining sorcerers and Queen Victoria have fled to Blackwood's home Shadow-Fell to plot a way to take back England from the Ancients who are overrunning it.Howal and Lord Blackwood find that they have very different plans for defeating the Ancients and their relationship is tested to the breaking point by all the things are happening. Howal decides to flee Shadow-Fe This is the emotionally intense conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire trilogy. Henrietta Howal, her fiance George, Lord Blackwood, the remaining sorcerers and Queen Victoria have fled to Blackwood's home Shadow-Fell to plot a way to take back England from the Ancients who are overrunning it.Howal and Lord Blackwood find that they have very different plans for defeating the Ancients and their relationship is tested to the breaking point by all the things are happening. Howal decides to flee Shadow-Fell, taking the Queen with her, and make her vision of the future which includes a consortium of witches, magicians, and sorcerers working together to send the Ancients back home. This story has epic highs and lows, treachery and deceit, love and fidelity. It was a real emotional roller coaster that had me reading for a bit and then putting the book down to recover. Fans of the first two books of the series won't want to miss this conclusion despite the fact that some favorite characters don't survive the adventure.
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  • Shana
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent ending to this trilogy. The monster/gods were Lovecraftian, and horrifying in that respect. The Skinless Man was a great villain. I think this is a strong debut trilogy form this author.
  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    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 short 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.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Magic & monsters & petticoats return in this final Kingdom on Fire installment! Can the Ancients be defeated or will England fall?I devoured this book. I read the whole novel in one sitting. Stayed up until 3 am. I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading. Henrietta Howel is my favorite kind of protagonist—flawed, headstrong, and evolving. Cluess truly take time to develop her characters and that, combined with the fast pacing and complicated world, hooks me. And then there’s Magnus. Ahhh, Magnus. And Magic & monsters & petticoats return in this final Kingdom on Fire installment! Can the Ancients be defeated or will England fall?I devoured this book. I read the whole novel in one sitting. Stayed up until 3 am. I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading. Henrietta Howel is my favorite kind of protagonist—flawed, headstrong, and evolving. Cluess truly take time to develop her characters and that, combined with the fast pacing and complicated world, hooks me. And then there’s Magnus. Ahhh, Magnus. And sweet Rook. Heck, even Blackwell on a less pompous occasion makes my heart flutter. Okay, yes, the romance is complicated but reaches a solid conclusion. Usually, I favor the first book in a trilogy but this series improved with each book. A Shadow Bright and Burning was good, but a bit bogged down in world/magical-system building. The second & third books thrived, just existing in the established world. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling is what readers want in a final book-- it solves problems, explains mysteries, and completes the story. I will be first in line for whatever Cluess writes next. Thanks to NetGalley & the publisher for my copy.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    AMAZING CONCLUSION TO A GORGEOUS TRILOGY!!!!Don't have much more to say than that....I loved the way Cluess wrapped this trilogy up....I felt she addressed (and surpassed) all the questions I had leading into it.Go buy this book from your local Indie on 10/16/18!!!!Thanks to Random House for the ARC!
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  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    Great wrap up to a fun series. I love how one review summed it up - Harry Potter meets Jane Eyre. Perfect.
  • Drew Salas
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THIS NOWWWW!!!!
  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThank you Netgalley for the ARC I was dying for in exchange for an honest review. And with that honesty I’ll say, I did not expect to write this type of review.I have a lot of thoughts and feeling about this novel. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it, which was disappointing because I almost cried tears of joy when I was approved for an ARC. It was my least favorite of the three Kingdom on Fire books. It took me almost a month to read it. At first I blamed that on work but, as I slowly 3.5 StarsThank you Netgalley for the ARC I was dying for in exchange for an honest review. And with that honesty I’ll say, I did not expect to write this type of review.I have a lot of thoughts and feeling about this novel. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it, which was disappointing because I almost cried tears of joy when I was approved for an ARC. It was my least favorite of the three Kingdom on Fire books. It took me almost a month to read it. At first I blamed that on work but, as I slowly realized I was turning on Netflix in my free time rather than picking up this book, I had to face the reality that my heart wasn’t into reading it. Overall, the plot line kept me interested even though it was quite choppy—especially once the final battle began. Even though the beginning of the book didn’t hold my interest as the others did, the last 30% has me on the edge of my seat. For much of the novel though, it’s like Jessica Cluess had all these ideas for how to end the series but did not have a fully laid out plan on how to write them so that they flowed as one book. A lot of the book felt more like fleeting moments and they left me wanting more because of how much I love the world Cluess created.The romance in this novel-which I previously enjoyed very much- was really frustrating and emotionally exhausting. Love triangles (or in this case, squares) are overrated and often times I find that it makes the strong female lead seems like a silly little girl who flits between a group of men. While I agree with the notion of loving more than one person and in different ways, I am tired of books depicting that as happening all at once. This was the same issue I had with The Infernal Devices. I’d be more on board with an author doing that if their story took place over a longer period of time. I also find that death and/or a sudden change in personality is an easy out for convoluted love stories with multiple characters.The character development throughout the whole series has been great-especially for Blackwood and Magnus- but Blackwood’s change during this book was EXTREMELY irritating. He went from being a Darcy like figure, the typical brooding man who actually has a soft heart to being a power hunger dictator then back to being a kind hearted selfless man. To me, it just didn’t fit and seemed forced in the same way her sudden passionate interest in Magnus seemed forced. I never a huge fan of Rook because I always felt that he was somehow in the way but he deserved better than what he got in this book. His storyline in this novel and subsequent death was very rushed. I would have liked to see him as an Ancient fleshed out more. In the end though, I had a lot of respect for him even if I wasn’t the biggest fan of his throughout the other two books. I really liked Magnus as the comic relief in the first novel but I also really enjoyed seeing him come into his own and become a strong leader. I personally never viewed him as anything more than an older brother type figure for Henrietta. Magnus had the character development I wish Blackwood had gotten in this novel. I wanted to see Blackwood become a fair, selfless leader and he ended up going in the entirely opposite direction for most of the book. Blackwood’s death crushed me. I wanted more for him and I felt he deserved better. He and Henrietta balanced each other out and were good for each other. I never saw them as being only intertwined because of destiny. They had chosen each other because of the balance they created for the other. They brought out the best qualities in each other and-I felt-made each other whole. When you’ve gone through the hardships the two of them have gone through and hid the parts of themselves they had to, you need someone who understands you and grounds you. Magnus might be able to relate, but he will never be the twin flame Blackwood was to Henrietta—at least in my opinion. So, yeah, a big chunk of my grievances with this book come from the fact that Henrietta didn’t end up with Blackwood. The romance was never the sole plot line of the book but it was a part of it that I had really been enjoying until now. The more I digest the ending, the more I realize I didn’t like it. It was one of those endings where you’ll either be ecstatic with it or feel ambivalent towards it. I was definitely in the latter category. It just didn’t seem to fit with where I saw the series going. Although, as I write that, I realize I don’t know where I saw the series going. All I know is, this wasn’t it. The only part of it that felt as if it belonged was when The Order is diminished and three magical consortiums are built to create equality amongst the magical communities. Everything else about the epilogue was just....meh. I can’t think of the right word to describe it. It was cute but it was meh. I think I wanted more politics for the ending. I wanted to see more of what Queen Victoria did with her new magical parties. I wanted to learn more about what England was like after the war was over. What did the non magical people think? How were others rebuilding? We never quite got enough of the world around the magical community. Thus, I’ve come to the 3.5 star rating. ASFAF was page turning at times and droll other times. Even though the ending wasn’t my cup of tea, it didn’t take away from how much I liked the series. Some character get the ending you might expect, others will surprise you. Whether that is a good or bad surprise all depends on the reader.
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    GET READY TO CRY ABOUT YOUR FAVES
  • Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come October 8th
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