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Cold Fire (Spiritwalker #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  3,865 Ratings  ·  380 Reviews
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
ebook, 544 pages
Published September 26th 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Echo I don't remember any profanity or sexual content, besides lingering looks and allusions to what goes on behind closed doors, and while there was…moreI don't remember any profanity or sexual content, besides lingering looks and allusions to what goes on behind closed doors, and while there was violence it wasn't graphic. I would say nothing worse than Harry Potter, although it's a little slower plot-wise and leaves a lot of questions for the rest of the series that could frustrate a student reading it for class. (less)
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Maddie ♥  ┼
According to me a Prologue or the 1st Chapter of a book is THE reflection - SO it must capture my attention from page 1 I will continue a few more chapters to give the Book a fair chance to change my mind!

SO Herewith my review!


Type of Characters and my choices according to pictures and Relationship development
This is Book two in the Spiritwalker trilogy and continues the escapades of Cat, Vai, Bea and Rory. A very adequate sequel that gave me a lot of what I wanted (not nearly enough Rory
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
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
Jun 21, 2016 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
4.5 that I am rounding up. The middle book in this trilogy changes the setting, gives us a whole new world and mythos, made me want to drink lots of rum, allowed a love to bloom, and developed the plot in interesting ways. (It's not without some issues, either, but I don't care! Just too much fun.)
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
Jun 29, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A major improvement on the first book, this one moves the action to the Antilles and the culture of the Taino and a Europan enclave that they allow to exist called Expedition.

Scarce days after the end of the first book Bee and Cat flee their house arrest in Adurnam intending to go to the Troll lawyers that Cat had befriended in the first book. At the lawyers they encounter a number of strangers including a Fire Mage as well as Andevai who is there on a different matter. Cat, Bee and Rory flee, a
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Why is Spiritwalker trilogy underrated? I’ll never understand.

As I’ve said in my Cold Magic review, this series is simply well done in every aspect. Some people might not share the same sentiment as I do, for it could be overwhelming. But, I wholly appreciate that, these books challenge the normal status quo of everything I ever encountered.

The focal center of Spiritwalker to begin with, are about two cousins who are deeply loyal to each other, thrust into a world that continues to mislead them
Sep 28, 2011 TheBookSmugglers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-favorites
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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
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
Jul 20, 2014 Kaora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Fantasy Review Barn

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
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.
Cold Fire continues the story begun in Cold Magic, with the majority of page count devoted to Cat's adventures in the Antilles, equivalent to our earth's Caribbean. She's sent there on a distasteful mission, that she must fulfill on a deadline, in order to save her best friend Beatrice (Bee) from death. In the meantime, we meet a new cast of characters and reacquaint ourselves with some old ones, and the preparations for Camjiata's war to become emperor of Europa, and revolutionary sentiments in ...more
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
Mar 01, 2012 Krystle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ranting Dragon
Sep 27, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michael
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
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
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
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
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
Aug 30, 2013 sage rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, sff, romance, fiction
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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
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
Kari Sperring
Oct 05, 2011 Kari Sperring rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd volume in the Spiritwalker trilogy more than lives up to the promise of the first. A convincing alternate world, with all its ramifications considered and fully thought-through, leading to a completely believable series of cultures, interactions and consequences. This should be obligatory reading for anyone playing the alternate-history game, on how to do it right, without laziness, short-cuts or carelessness. Plus fascinating characters, stakes that matter and a wonderfully engaging and ...more
May 20, 2016 Sandi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, lib
Spare me from teenaged melodrama – this is Twilight on Ice. Judging by my harsh evaluation of the last book, you may wonder why I am reading the next. And well you should. I can hardly credit it myself but my daughter picked up the next couple of books from my reading list (created well before I had finished the last group of novels) without checking with me, this book being one of them. Since I have just finished an entirely excellent and imaginative book, I figured I would give Elliot one more ...more
I loved the setting change—the Caribbean!—but that was about the only change I loved. This book feels weirdly inconsistent with the first. Things that were a big deal in book one occasionally flare up to be a big deal here, but it wavers all the time between HUGE DEAL and NOT AN ISSUE. It wouldn't have mattered so much except Cat spent half her time in introspective monologues deciding and un-deciding things, until frustration was the main thing keeping me reading.

The writing is still fantastic,
♥ Unaeve ♥
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)
Dec 31, 2013 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
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
Oct 20, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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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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