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Cold Fire (Spiritwalker #2)

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Cat Barahal and her beloved cousin Bee think they have reached a safe place to shelter. But the Cold Mages who are conspiring to take them prisoner are closing in. The warlord who hopes to conquer all Europa is convinced their destiny is to aid him, whether they want to or not. And the man Cat was forced to marry is back, as vainly arrogant and annoyingly handsome as ever. ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 26th 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Virginia
I don’t know, you guys. I REALLY loved the first book in this series, but this one starts out on the wrong foot. (And then kind of continues that way.) I was looking forward to this one so much that I went out and got it the first day it was released. But - all the things I loved about the first book were kind of missing – the cold mages, the magic, Andevai’s history and conflict with the Four Moons house (SUCH a great character), Catherine’s family and cousin and the backdrop of her traditional ...more
Felicia
UUUUUUUUG I dunno. I LOVED the first one in this series, totally interesting steampunk-magic world, and I was so psyched to see this pop up on my Kindle the other day, but something felt completely off for me in the first half of this book. Especially the first 50 pages, it was lot of confusing information that didn't really settle you back into the world that readers have been away from for a few years, it was like an info dump, and a bit of a scattered wonky political info dump at that. Maybe ...more
Allison
I said about Cold Magic that it somehow got under my skin in spite of the very heavy world building at the start. Now it has gone from being under my skin to being a world that I am dreamily living in and don’t want to leave. The atmosphere is fantastic, the writing beautiful at times, the sense of place rich and layered. Regardless of characters and plot, being in the world is a feeling to savor.

This book takes us out of the frigid north that is still ruled by princes and mages into the Antill
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Kaora
I tried to get into this one. I really did. Elliot did a great job with the world building in this one, and I found aspects of it fascinating, like the cold and fire mages, the spirit world and the Wild Hunt. This book earned its two stars based off of that.

So where did the other 3 go? The book dragged in places and I struggled with some of the characters. Characters are super important to me. If I don't care for a character, its difficult to be invested in what happens to them. The protagonist
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TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Catherine Bell Hassi Barahal has been through an incredibly trying few weeks. Willingly sacrificed by her Aunt and Uncle in order to protect their daughter, Beatrice, Cat has been whisked from her home and bound into an unbreakable marriage to haughty, powerful cold mage Andevai Diarisso Haranwy, based on a prophecy and a deal struck by the Hassi Barahals and the cold mage houses. The only problem is that Cat is not truly a Hassi Barahal by blood, and the
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Ms. Library
I really liked this story, and I think Elliot developed her characters a lot more in this one. I think the first one was really bogged down by infodumps, and while they were still very present in this one, I think it was to a lesser degree. I definitely felt more engaged in the story, and I think that Elliot had set up her world already, so she didn't feel the need to have the characters engage in so many awkward conversations to describe the environment.

I really like the direction that Cat too
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Nathan
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Another infuriating entry in the Spiritwalker Trilogy. How can a book do some things so damn good, and make a complete mess out of others? I was going to finish off the book, then be done with the series despite already having the concluding volume in my hands. Then in the last hundred pages this meandering tale suddenly got a cohesive plot and found its purpose, ensuring that I will give the final book a try.

Cat may be one of my favorite first person narrators in the genre, w
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
This book. This book right here. This is really original and excellently executed epic fantasy. A step up from an already impressive first novel, Elliott's second Spiritwalker book doesn't disappoint.
Ranting Dragon
As a reader, I enjoy finishing a book and knowing that the author has done something truly innovative or that the story has somehow changed my perspective on reading. Cold Magic, the first installment of the Spirit Walker trilogy, was such a book. Kate Elliott laid a tremendous foundation to build upon in Cold Fire, but rather than playing it safe and just providing more of the same, Elliott has taken risks in her storytelling. Some readers may feel frustrated by an unexpected change of directio ...more
Mpauli
Cold Fire is the second installment in Kate Elliot's Spiritwalker trilogy. As within the first novel Cold Magic the story is told in the first person by the main protagonist Cat.

We'll start right where we left of last time after Cat and her cousin Bee have met the revolutionary general Camjiata.
Throuout the book we will finally learn more about Cat's sire, visit the spirit world and have a look at the other side of the pond.

Those elements are the strenghts of the novel. The world building of thi
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Blodeuedd Finland
3,5 cos of the ending, but 2 cos of the beginning.

It was not as good as book 1 and it took a while for me to get into the book. I really can't put my finger on it. maybe it was how sudden we were thrown into book 2 from book 1. It felt like I turned a page and then it continued, which can be a good thing but not since it was months since i read it. Perhaps it was the flow of direction, sometimes it seemed to flow to fast, in too many currents and I could not catch the right stream. Which led me
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Krystle
Okay, I think I’ve put this off long enough, don’t you?

I totally loved the first book in this series, Cold Magic. I loved the characters, the worldbuilding, the magic system, everything about it was pretty awesome to tell you the truth. So when this second one came around, I snatched it up right away.

Everything that you didn’t like or stumbled over in the first one; the slow pacing, info-dumping, or excessive attention to detail is not present in this one. I don’t know about you guys but Cold F
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
You know what I love? A series that just gets better and better as it goes along. Cold Magic had a rocky start, and took a couple hundred pages before I really started enjoying it. Cold Fire caught my interest right away, amping up to a finale that stomped on my heart and made me need to read book three posthaste. The Spiritwalker Trilogy boasts one of my favorite romances, and I'm going to need to fangirl about the feels.

Know that there's totally a lot more going on in Cold Fire than romance, b
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Lisa
I am hesitant here...what do I say?

I love the series.

I devoured Cold Magic. It was so incredible that I counted the days until Cold Fire came out. I've been waiting for this book for most of the year.

And yet, maybe that is the problem.

Or perhaps (spoiler alert)...








It's the zombies and steampunk and movement to a part of the world where nothing is familiar because none of it was even touched upon in the first book and then when the second book came out suddenly these things are there as though we
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sage
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Virginia
It took a bit for me to get into this book, mostly because I had forgotten a lot of the minor names from the previous book. However, once I got over that initial hump, I had a great time. As always, Elliott weaves a world that is both familiar and completely strange/surreal. I often felt, as I was reading, that some of these creatures were taken straight out of Revelations!

I fell in love with Andevai even more than before, and enjoyed the budding romance between Cat and him. I love Elliott's wr
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♥ Unaeve ♥ Olga
If i tell that i bite my nails in exited anticipation for the third and last sequel(will be published in June 2013),will this be enough of a review and good enough recommendation for you to jump on this series right on?
Believe me it should :)
But if not,a review of all 3 books will be posted on my blog as soon as i have my hands on the last book and read it through (probably the same day lol)
Hilary
Further mishaps in love, betrayals, and distrust set in what Elliott calls an "Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency fantasy adventure with airships, Phoenician spies, the intelligent descendents of troodons, and a dash of steampunk". A refrain from more than one character was "I can't know what the truth is when you never offered me truth or trust". As in Cold Magic, it's made clear that any form of relationship - whether friendly, familial or romantic - requires both truth and trust, and they ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Cold Fire continues the story of Catherine Bell Barahal, right where Cold Magic ended. One would assume that because Cold Magic included such massive amounts of world building that Cold Fire would delve right into the story, but that is not the case. For a good 130 pages, the book just droned on. I am starting to wonder what Elliott has against the beginning of her novels. I once again considered giving the novel a DNF, and it is only because I remembered that Cold Fire was extremely slow to sta ...more
Mark
The big question for me is why I did not hate this book, let alone why I almost sort of liked it a little bit.

It's telling that the excerpt in the back - "You might like this too!" - is The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, which is one of the worst books I've ever read. I am clearly not in the wheelhouse here. And yet, this book is a fun read despite having a lot of flaws, which flaws include picking up right where the last book left off (like seriously, the same street chase), jolting
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Meg
WARNING: SOME SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T YET READ BOOK #1, COLD MAGIC

COLD FIRE continues right where COLD MAGIC left off: Cat, Bee, and Rory at the law offices of Godwik and Clutch. I was slightly irritated that the story backtracked a little, but that’s only because I read it immediately following COLD MAGIC. I’m sure the rest of the world appreciated the refresher. In any case, COLD FIRE was a fast and furious continuation of the trilogy, and a perfect middle for the story arc. If only I didn't h
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FantasyWereld
Nadat Cat en Bee ontkomen zijn aan de koude magiërs die hen in het huis van Bee’s ouders hadden opgesloten, dachten ze veilig te zijn bij de rebellen. Maar wanneer generaal Camjiata daar opduikt en zowel Bee als Cat voor zijn wagentje wil spannen, zijn de Hassi Barahal nichtjes opnieuw genoodzaakt te vluchten. Wat volgt is een duizelingwekkende reis door zowel de echte wereld als de geestenwereld. Maar de nacht van Allerzielen komt steeds dichterbij, en nu bekend is dat Bee de dromen van draken ...more
James
This fantasy, steam-punk doesn't quite fit into any of the 'norms' of either genre - yet brings them both together in a fun, quirky mix that you can't help by enjoy. Four Stars.

Plot : Four and half Stars

While, at times, this plot felt a tad aimless, it was still a brilliantly crafted, compelling and pacey tale. In fact, those aimless bouts aren't as bad as you might imagine, they never threatened the tale once - indeed, they almost propelled you forwards even more as you sought to work out whe
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I enjoyed Cold Magic, so much so that I preordered this one. The good news is that it’s a fun book and makes for compelling reading. The bad is that the whole book feels like a diversion from the main plot (two books into the trilogy, I’m still not sure what the “main plot” is, actually) and compared to the first book, is a bit lacking in tension and danger.

The good stuff first: the book is well-paced and interesting throughout. The main characters, Cat, Bee and Andevai, remain interesting and g
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Andrea
Cold Fire directly continues the story of Beatrice and Catherine, on the run from cold mages and the Prince of Adurnam. Yet even though it's a direct continuation, it's a very different book. I really enjoyed the setting of the mage houses and the political aspects but you get none of that here, as Cold Fire is set in the Antilles, not in Europa. Cat and Bee flee through the spirit world and get separated, and Cat ends up on Kiskeya, which translates to Hispaniola in our real world setting, aka ...more
Steph
Jan 23, 2012 Steph rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
There will be spoilers for book one of the series: Cold Magic. To see my review of Cold Magic instead read it here.

After Cold Magic got off to such a rocky start for me, I was very much hoping that the sequel would not go down the same path. Delightfully, it did not. Cold Fire picks up where Cold Magic left off. While the first half of Cold Magic was weighed down by awkward amounts of exposition, Cold Fire doesn't suffer the same fate. Since much of the detailed world Kate Elliott was building w
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Shortlatte
While I am an avowed fantasy fan, there is a reason that most of my reading tends to stick to contemporary works. Not only do I find it easier to relate to modern characters and settings, but I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of turning the corner and running into the very same fantastical elements that I had just been reading about. Conversely, I’ve never been able to sink into works of epic or high fantasy, quickly becoming frustrated with the plethora of names and factions that seem to c ...more
Lindsay
So ....ok.....let me think about this one.

This book was.....interesting, it was slow to get going and has some kind of huge preoccupation with law, these highly charged, mages and generals and spirits and yet they all adhere to the law, in one way or another, I will admit it got to me a little.

There just doesn't seem to be an overarching story to this trilogy, like with a Harry Potter or LOTR you know why things are happening, But with this one it seems to be jumbled, is Cat there to defeat the
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Deborah
Cold Fire" is first of all a cinematic read. I was delighted by the visual imagery Kate Elliot was able to invoke. What a unique author I found her to be in this particular area. It was if I could see her characters in clothing with their weaponry in their settings, vividly. It's a rare thing to experience such a talent. This is not only a good book, it's really fun to read. Kate Elliot is a stand out writer in this genre, in my opinion!


World-building and the time symbols here were so interestin
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Fantasy Literature
This is the second book in Kate Elliot's SPIRIT WALKER trilogy, preceded by Cold Magic and concluded in Cold Steel, but which manages to avoid most of the pitfalls inherent in many second instalments. It's a direct continuation of the previous book (making it impossible to start reading with this one) and there's still a long way to go till the finish line, but despite ending on something of a cliff-hanger, it still delivers a relatively satisfying story-arc with a climactic finish and a sense o ...more
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As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

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