If you haven't read Cold Magic, you may not only not find this post of interest (although you may find it marginally amusing), but my complete lack of any explanation may prove confusing -- or not, now that I think about it, since the content is quite straightforward.



1) Cookie-cutter and completely cliched arrogant jerk stuck into the book because author felt obliged to have a non-essential and pointless romance element.


2) Arrogant jerk who is borderline abusive. Despite the things he does to aid Cat (and Bee) in the last third of the book, it is unlikely there is anything he can ever do in book two to redeem himself for how awful he is to her at the beginning.


3) My god, what an arrogant jerk. I didn't like him, but I can see that he has reasons for being an arrogant jerk and I did recognize that he changed in some ways over the course of the book. I just wish there had been more reasons to like him and/or to believe he fell in love with her at first sight as he claims in the end, because I don't see much evidence for it, and I don't really see why Cat could be attracted to him besides that it is stated that he is strikingly handsome. Still, I'll withhold final judgment until book two.


4) Yes, he's an arrogant jerk at first, but arrogance is how he has learned to protect himself from the difficult situation he was forced into years ago, and we slowly see layers of his background and personality revealed as he begins to respond to Cat's presence and predicament with his own very cautious, tentative, and even awkward attempts at change. As one (older male academic) reader put it: "Andevai is a deeply divided character whose attachment to Cat represents his struggle to come to terms with a part of himself."


5) I totally love me some arrogant-jerk sulky snarky handsome bad boys. Can't wait until book two!



No matter what, everyone agrees on one thing! And that is as it should be.

Four months until Cold Fire.

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message 1: by Lady (new)

Lady Man, I feel totally played! These were pretty much my exact same thought processes, only I was only feeling Stages 4 and 5 until I was truly stuck into Cold Fire. It is very rare an author actually gets me truly swooning for a male lead, Kate. Damn you!

x x x


message 2: by Kate (new)

Kate Elliott Sally wrote: "Man, I feel totally played! These were pretty much my exact same thought processes, only I was only feeling Stages 4 and 5 until I was truly stuck into Cold Fire. It is very rare an author actually..."

Thank you so much! But I don't apologize AT ALL. :)


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