Cold Fire by Kate Elliot
Book 2 in The Spiritwalker Trilogy
Book received from Netgalley and Hachette Book Group. Published September 28, 2011
[box type=”warning”] Synopsis from Goodreads: Only one thing is certain: when Hallows’ Night comes, the Wild Hunt will ride – and it feeds on mortal blood. Cat and her cousin Bee are caught in a maze of intrigue, treachery, and magic. Everyone seems to want something from them: the Cold Mages are trying to take them prisoner, and the warlord who wants to conquer all of Europa seems sure they have a special destiny to aid him whether they want to or not.
Worse, hidden powers deep in the spirit world are rising, and they are the most dangerous of all. Cat must seek allies and figure out who she can trust in order to save the ones she loves. For if she doesn’t, everything will be lost.[/box]
AH’s Review – 3 stars – B
Note: May contain possible spoilers from Book 1 – Cold Magic
When I requested this book from Netgalley, I was not aware that it was the second book in a series. I figured that I could catch up and jump into the story. Well, yes and no. I would highly recommend that you read Cold Magic prior to reading this book, just to get a handle on this complex world.
This book has a lot going on. It’s chock-full of paranormal creatures: dragons, trolls, goblins, shifters, even a form of zombies. There are also some steampunk elements such as automatons and airships. This is also a world of magic with cold mages and fire mages.
Cold Fire has a huge cast of characters although the main story revolves around Cat, a young woman in a “chained” marriage that has not been consummated. Cat is looking for a way to annul her marriage to Vai. Interestingly enough, when she does meet Vai again, at the opposite side of the earth in the Antilles, Vai does all that he can to convince Cat that she should be with him. He is very convincing and Vai is one of the nicest characters in the book. I think I fell in love with him.
Kate Elliot is a talented writer. Her portrayal of the spirit world had a dreamy, almost psychedelic quality. One of my favorite passages involved the personification of a hurricane as an Angry Queen:
The spirit of the hurricane was a woman, a vast looming face with a brow of thunderclouds and a mouth of lightning. The curve of her arms was a tearing circle of howling winds.
I’ll have to get myself a copy of Cold Magic before the release of the next book Cold Steel in September 2012.
Note: The author’s website includes a special bonus chapter to be read after chapter 31. The link to Chapter 31.5 is: http://www.kateelliott.com/wordpress/?page_id=174
Thank you to Netgalley and Hachette Book Group for a review copy of this book.
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