*By Jessica Cleuss
Book one in the Kingdom on Fire series (A Shadow Bright and Burning, 8/11/2017) was amazing, so I had to jump on board with book two. I seem to have found a variety of books happening in London this year and this one was in the heart of it all. And in the land of Fae and even below a few levels of Hell, but was book 2, A Poison Dark and Drowning just as good?.
So I enjoyed A Poison Dark and Drowning, but it didn't capture me the same as book one did. I found Henrietta so annoying. She first came off as a confident, strong young woman who managed to discover who and what she was. Then she faded to a blithering, unknowing Love-Triangulating girl! She lost all cool points with me in this story.
Now I did appreciate the telling of her father's demise and our monster-making antagonist, but the book began to drag a bit with everyone one falling in love. I'm not a huge romantic reader, so when everything fell on folks loving her or falling to save her my interests went "Womp Womp!"
Beautifully written in a way that allowed me to see the city of London through Cluess's eyes, I enjoyed the bulk of the book. It was nice, but for a follow-up, I was left a bit disappointed. I'm looking for a book 3 to end it all, and maybe bring Henrietta back to the young woman I'd hoped she'd become.
Check out the Kingdom on Fire series while I move on to the next read. Cheers!
A Poison Dark and Drowning, A Kingdom on Fire - book 2
Random House Books for Young Readers, Sept. 2017
Teen & Young Adult/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal
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