Review: Cold Fire (The Spiritwalker Trilogy #2) by Kate Elliott

October 3, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★

 

Cold Fire

(Spiritwalker, #2)
by Kate Elliott

Genre: Fantasy |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; September 26, 2011
  • ISBN-10: 0316080993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316080996

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing, mild sex scenes.

Description

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.

Review

COLD FIRE reads like an intricate puzzle, each layer of the story unfolding on another layer of intrigue, magic, and passion. Elliott’s characters are flawed and genuine, moving through a world as nuanced and uncertain as our own. I’m not usually interested in politics, but the way COLD FIRE ferments with different cultures and ideas seduced me.

I’ve read criticisms of COLD MAGIC that didn’t like the ambiguity of Cat and Bee, two young heroines that aren’t always likeable or right.  Cat gets a lot of solo time in COLD FIRE, allowing her to develop as the clear heroine, and while I didn’t fall in love with Cat and Vai’s pained and awkward dynamic in COLD MAGIC, it set the stage for a fabulous story in COLD FIRE. Though Cat is interested in Vai, their romance is by no means a foregone conclusion.  Both characters are still human enough to err, and Cat goes through changes that made for an arresting adventure and a sweet romance.  By book’s end I was so invested in her happiness that a few plot twists had me shouting and vilifying a few other characters that dare stand in Cat’s way (bastards, all of them).

The end of COLD FIRE is not so much a cliffhanger as the inevitable pause required to give this epic more space to play out.  COLD FIRE is definitely my favorite of the series to date, with fantastic adventure, romance, and character growth.  I’m very excited to read the last piece of this trilogy, COLD STEEL, and see where where all of this upheaval will take these characters and their world.


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