A Shadow Bright and Burning is powerful, thrilling and addictive . . . I loved falling into this story world. It is deep and intriguing, and Jessica Cluess does a marvellous job of pulling you in, scattering mysteries and almost but-not-quite-completely giving you all the answers . . . [The monsters are] spectacularly gruesome and refreshingly original, these monstrous creations are simply bone-chilling. They are an ominous cloud hanging over the pages, striking the story world and its characters without mercy throughout the novel . . . A Shadow Bright and Burning is gripping and suspenseful with twists and turns you won’t see coming. It will make you think and question, but above all, it will thrill and entertain like a good book should.
Shayne Wardrop, Kids' Book Review
Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world's best hope! Jessica Cluess is an awesome storyteller!
Tamora Pierce, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
A fun, inventive fantasy. I totally have a book crush on Rook.
Sarah Rees Brennan, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
Pure enchantment. I love how Cluess turned the "chosen one" archetype on its head. With the emotional intensity of my favorite fantasy books, this is the kind of story that makes you forget yourself.
Roshani Chokshi, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN
A glorious, fast-paced romp of an adventure. Jessica Cluess has built her story out of my favorite ingredients: sorcery, demons, romance, and danger.
Kelly Link, author of PRETTY MONSTERS
Henrietta is pragmatic and bitingly funny, and she more than holds her own in a man's world. Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy.
Starred review, Publishers Weekly
[Cluess's] gaslit world besieged by Lovecraft-ian horrors possesses vivid life . . . an elegantly addictive read.