The review contains some spoilers 0 read at your own discretion.
I’ll be honest, I was hesitant about this book, unsure of what to expect. I was immediately worried by the fact that half of the book synopsis focused on the “handsome young men” Henrietta would meet and her relationships with them. Yet the intrigue of magic and an alternate Victorian England was simply too much, so of course I picked A Shadow Bright and Burning up, despite my reservations.
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen 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 Howel 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, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?