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Cold Fire: Spiritwalker: Book Two Paperback – 6 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184149884X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841498843
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 peril

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I felt this book drifted into a romantic drama and away from the fantasy origins evinced in the first book.
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.
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Turmoil is brewing in Europa. The legendary general Camjiata has escaped from prison and is now building up an army-in-exile. Cat and her cousin Bee are still pawns in the plans of the rich and powerful, but Cat's otherworldly sire also has plans for her. For her part, Cat just wants to escape these machinations and forge her own path. Events bring her to the Antilles, the home of the Taino Kingdom and the Europan colony of Expedition. There she meets the powerful fire mages and becomes embroiled in yet more intrigue and magic, as her father prepares to use her to draw a powerful soul into his grasp.

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.
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I loved the first book in this trilogy and as a follow up this did not disappoint! I am not going to go into the plot as plenty of other people have done that already. What I would like to say is Wow - a fantastic read, I loved, loved, loved it. Anyone who is into this genre of fiction will enjoy this, fast paced plot, great characters (good and bad) wonderfully imagined settings and I just couldn't put it down. Does anyone know when the final book is due?
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I recommend this book. I'm not good at expressing my love and devotion for things, so I'm not going to try but this is my favourite. Not so keen on the historic descriptions though, my dyslexic traits don't like them! But besides that, the story line is great!
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Cat and her cousin Bee are back, and together with Rory Cat's half brother they are once again caught up between the Cold Mages, who want to capture them and Camjiata who wants them to use their powers to help him conquer Europe, willingly or not!.
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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This is the second I've read in the series. I have to say it's really great. The way it is written draws you in and you feel all the things "cat" is going through. You go from anger to joy to frustration. There are very few books I've read that I've got so emotionally involved in. Can't wait to read the next book. Kate Elliott is a great fantasy writer.
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I liked the first book for its interesting world-building and plot despite its occasional repetitiveness and clumsy exposition, but the first book's flaws are only worse in the second. I soldiered on until the creepy quasi-consensual make-outs with Some Guy, at which point I would have thrown the book away even if I had actually been enjoying it.
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I must say that reading a book where the main characters are female is a bit of a stretch for me as a man. However, once I understood the mindset I really enjoyed it. The auther has an excellent imagination. Although the story splits into different parts, the stories intertwine really well and the action keeps you wanting to read more.
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