Audio Book Review | A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess

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Audio Book Review |  A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica CluessA Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #3
Published by Listening Library on October 16th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: The Publisher
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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

My Thoughts:

I had honestly forgotten that A Sorrow Fierce and Falling was being published this month, and was beside myself when I saw it for review on audio. While I don’t like reviewing the final book in a series, for many reasons, I kind of felt the need to. I’ve been following this series since the beginning with A Shadow Bright and Burning. Which I loved, by the way. This book however, has sparked not only TWO discussion posts, but my need to vent discuss.

To sum up, this is probably one of the most disappointing finales I have read.


Before I get into all that, here are the things I do like about this book, and series as a whole:

  • I love the setting. Victorian London all the way! But, there is some traveling to far and distant lands.
  • The magic caste. There are sorcerers, magicians and witches. This final installment FINALLY gets into more details about all of them and how/why there are different stigmas on each.
  • The villains! I’ve loved the idea behind the Ancients, where they came from and how they came to be. Again, we get more details here in this final installment even though now thinking about, I can’t remember what happened to them. Whoops.
  • Maria and Henrietta’s relationship. They developed this unbreakable bond and friendship that I love seeing grow. Maria was rough around the edges, and due to other circumstances, takes on the personality of someone else.
  • The narration. Fiona is by FAR my favorite and she is the sole reason I finished this at all.
  • View Spoiler » Just kidding. Kind of.

Now, what ruined this series for me:

  • The romance. This series overtime has developed into a flat-out View Spoiler » and all the rest, and I mean EVERYTHING, was set aside. I honestly have no idea what was going on half the time because Henrietta’s monologue about her situation was in my face a lot.
  • Again, the (non existing) plot. I have absolutely no IDEA what the main plot was. There were some Things that happened in the beginning, and end, but for vast majority of this book is was all this shenanigans about love, feelings, and running around in the woods. (It just didn’t fit the story at ALL.)
  • Henrietta who? I didn’t even recognize here in this final installment. She was not the bold, strong fierce girl I adored in the first book. She was another character entirely. This could be said about a lot of the characters, actually.
  • Also, there are fairies?
  • I have issues with how things.. ended.

I could honestly go on for awhile. While I do like the writing overall, I mean I did finish the series so I have to give credit for that, I just don’t understand the process here on finishing out the series like this. Nothing about this book felt right.

If you haven’t started this series yet, well. I think you should just because there are some fascinating parts. But be warned that you are in for a HUGE disappointment.


Tell me your thoughts

  • Have you started this series yet? If so, what are your overall thoughts?
  • Share a series ender that either blew you away, or was a complete dud.

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4 thoughts on “Audio Book Review | A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess

  1. Jen Ryland

    lol Amber at DuLivre loved it and you hated it and I love both of you. I haven’t read the series at all but now my plan to do so has been thrown into question. I’m going to read your spoiler and decide!

    1. tonyalee

      Lol that is tough! The spoiler doesn’t give too much away. But some. I mean, the world is awesome with The ancients, and the setting too. But man. That ending.

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