Cold Fire: Spiritwalker: Book Two Paperback – 6 Sep 2012
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Praise for Kate Elliott:
"Elliott pulls out all the stops in a wildly imaginative narrative that will ring happy bells for fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy." "Publishers Weekly""
"Elliott has concocted something very special and original here, with elements to tweak sci-fi and fantasy fans of nearly any stripe, from alt history and steampunk aficionados, to lovers of intrigue, romance, and swashbuckling adventure." "The New York Journal of Books""
"The concept got me shivering. . . .the characters, the mysteries, the background history, the cultural complexity, were all so intriguing I couldn't stop reading." "Elizabeth Moon""
"Fans of steampunk and alternate history will enjoy this heady mix of magic and technology." "The Library Journal""
Praise for Kate Elliott:
"Elliott pulls out all the stops in a wildly imaginative narrative that will ring happy bells for fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy." "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The second volume in a hugely engaging fantasy set in an ice-bound world with a Victorian feel - features dragons, sorcery and two cousins in great perilSee all Product Description
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Cat, one of the primary heroines seemed to lose depth and strength of character from book 1, and also the ability to achieve anything. She become largely somewhat useless and this led me to be quite frustrated and wanting to finish the book.
There were some interesting threads of storyline that were touched on and these may add some further depth in book 3, however for me this did read almost too much like a book of teen angst in a fantasy arena - not something I personally am interested in.
Cold Fire is the middle volume of Kate Elliott's Spiritwalker Trilogy, which picks up shortly after the events of Cold Magic. Like its forebear, this is a well-characterised novel which eschews the normal conventions both of the epic fantasy and steampunk genres (whilst borrowing from both). There are elements in this book of the Victorian comedy-of-manners (and occasional, intriguing echoes of the likes of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell) and Celtic mythology, as well as the northern European legend of the Wild Hunt.
Elliott's masterstroke here is moving the story to the Caribbean where a whole swathe of other influences come into play, especially the culture and nature of the Taino people. This gives the book a very different atmosphere, especially the much warmer climate which moves us away from the Ice Age-afflicted Europa of the previous novel.
The clash of cultures, with Expedition and the Taino Kingdom presented as in some respects more egalitarian and liberal in matters of the power of women and sexual freedom but still ruled at the whim of an unelected elite, gives the novel a source of tension and debate.Read more ›
Add to this exciting mix, dragons, trolls, a Salt plague and Cat's newly discovered father who is a threat to Cat and most especially to her cousin Bee, and you have the recipe for an adventure story that moves along at a breakneck pace.
And when you include Cat's changing relationship with her arrogant but handsome husband then the book has all the elements for a cracking read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the author's ability to create a believable world with characters that are fully fleshed and totally memorable made it a pleasure to read. Her prose flows easily from one page the next making it very difficult to put the book down.
And I'm looking forward to the final part of the trilogy with great anticipation.
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