Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Random House BFYR
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I love the colors, I love the fire the actual, actual cover I love the feel and I love this burning rose. I give this cover a 4/5 star rating!
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?
I read this book in one sitting, no joke. one sitting! WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO PICK UP THIS BOOK! I LOVED IT!
First off, I love the setting of this book. I love the era. I love the dresses the balls, societies decorum, the maids, the manners, the curtesy. So overall I enjoyed the world building. This is set in England…if magic existed back then…
This story is about a girl who thought herself to be a witch, witches are hunted and executed due to something one did long ago that has recked havoc on England. The Ancients have entered our realm and the humans are in a constant war to keep them back. They are evil and there are so many of them. Each Ancient is unique and grotesque, each so different from the next but are taking and destroying lives. So this girl named Henrietta has kept her powers hidden, but when a sorcerer sees her light herself up on fire without being singed to save her childhood friend Rook, the sorcerer thinks she is the prophesied one. Henrietta can control fire and all the other elements that would make her a sorcerer.
Henrietta leaves to become a sorcerer and takes Rook with her to keep him safe as he is Unclean due to an Ancient attack when he was a boy that left him terribly scarred.
When she arrives in London she meets other boys who are also training to be sorcerers and she has to try and make herself fit in.
I LOVE that Henrietta is her own. She’s smart and strong and stands up for what’s right, even if society thinks it’s wrong. I enjoyed being in her head and was rooting for her from the very beginning. She’s a wonderful strong female character and I liked her throughout the whole book.
I absolutely loved the boys at school, each it’s own character that plays a part in the story. I loved each of their voices and what-not.
There is so much to this story that I’m sorry I didn’t pick this book up sooner! I can’t wait for book two and can’t wait to read more about each of these characters.
I was pleased at the twist and turns of the story I totally didn’t see coming, I so appreciate the romance, it is so complicated that I’m so unsure of where it’s going to go with whom and how it’s all going to unfold. I loved that the romance did NOT overwhelm the story and take away from the overall plot.
Overall I couldn’t put it down, everything about it was perfect, the pace, the world building, the character development, the imagination, the creepiness of the Ancients and their history and story I loved it, I loved it all!
Sexual Content: mild
*A HUGE Thank you to Random House/Blogging for Books for this book, which I got in exchange for an honest review*