Guest Post and Giveaway: Jessica Cluess!! Sunday Street Team!


Book Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning
Written by: Jessica Cluess
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Pages: 416, hardcover
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s 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?


Guys I am SO SO SO EXCITED to be a part of this!! I can’t get over how great that book sounds! But I also know you’re not here to hear me ramble. So I’ll just make with the images and move onto the amazing Jessica’s post!


I grew up with Harry Potter, so whenever I create a new cast of characters I can’t help but sort them into their Hogwarts houses. Call it a good character building tool. Sometimes, a character stays exactly where I put them. Sometimes with a little more work, I find that they change houses. It’s always fun when that happens; I like finding out my characters know themselves better than I do.

The four main characters of A Shadow Bright and Burning also just happen to slot nicely into each of the four Hogwarts houses. So, without further ado:

Henrietta Howel definitely wavers on the edge of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor. She’s got to fight a war filled with enormous monsters, after all, and that requires a lot of courage. She doesn’t let herself get pushed around. However, you can choose your house, and based on personal preference, Henrietta would much, much rather spend her life reading books and chasing knowledge than seeking fame and glory. Because of that, she’s a Ravenclaw, though by a narrow margin.

George Blackwood is the only main character who doesn’t waver on any line. He’s a Slytherin. Really a Slytherin. Likes discovering people’s weaknesses and foibles so he can use those against them later? Slytherin. Has a problem with ‘low-blooded’ people? Very Slytherin. Broods repeatedly, usually by the fire? Extremely Slytherin. Has an affinity for the color green? You get the idea.

Julian Magnus was originally a Gryffindor. I thought that choice was easy: he’s the best warrior in the house, he loves chasing glory, and he adores the sound of his own voice. But then I realized there were other things about him, like the fact that he is extremely loyal to those he cares about, or that he enjoys nothing more than some good food and drink with his friends around him. He thinks everything in life is just a riot. He’s probably a blend, but at the end of the day, he’s clearly a Hufflepuff. He might be a little annoyed that he’s a badger, but he’d get over it quickly. He gets over most things quickly.

Finally, there’s Rook, who had Magnus’s opposite situation. I thought he was a Hufflepuff originally, since he has a pretty sweet and even temper. But he’s got a terrible illness that he’s been battling more than half his life, and he never once complains or shows fear in the face of it. He’s willing to throw himself into the path of horrible monsters in order to save those he loves, and he doesn’t think twice. To be as calm and collected as he is in the face of his sickness and the hatred people have for him because of it requires real courage. He is absolutely a Gryffindor.

So those are my four houses for my four main characters. I like to think they’d be happy where I’ve placed them. And if they aren’t, well, I’m not like the Sorting Hat. I’m fine with a change.

About the Author:

JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.

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