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Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,539 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Trouble, treachery, and magic just won't stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother's murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 614 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2013)
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
The real review is here! Some of you who liked my pre-release comments might want to retract: no offense taken, I promise.

This is a 3.5-star book, rounded up because Goodreads still doesn't have half-stars. Cold Magic is still my favorite of the trilogy, but I do think this one works better than Cold Fire.

Like the first two books in this trilogy, Cold Steel gets off to a rocky start: it begins with a dream sequence (!) and the first 100 pages feel a bit frantic and disjointed, as the protagonist
Sarah T
This is going to be a rare giant rambling essay of a book review, but I just finished the conclusion to the Spiritwalker Trilogy and I'm feeling kind of lost and bittersweet and book hangover-y. And I have things to say.
Man to Cat Barahal: "You're a fiery beast, lass. It will take a strong man to harness you."
Cat: "It would take a strong man not to speak of harnesses!"

We start off in the Antilles, dealing with the aftermath of Cat's choice (sort of--she didn't really have much of one) to have t
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I was so satisfied with a series. Most of them always leave something unsaid or ambiguous and these things niggle at me because imagination only takes me so far. You know? So settle in. I have a lot to say about the last installment in the Spiritwalker trilogy.

I recently reread the first one just to see if the magic of the book still affected me in the same way and I am happy to report that yes, it did. I appreciated the novel more on the second read beca
I have enjoyed this trilogy a lot, and the last installment wraps everything up in a really nice way. This is an alt-steampunk-Victorian-type world with magic and faeries and it's a really lovely meld of all of those things, without being too cheesy. It's very female-centric, the two young women lead characters are sisters and they're really portrayed as well-rounded and believable, which I appreciated. The theme of the book follows their liberation and freedom, among other things, and even thou ...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I can't remember ever being so distraught about the ending of a trilogy. I rarely read a series all in one go, but when I do, I enjoy flying through the books instead of drawing out the plot over years and forgetting key elements. With this series, however, I wish I had started it back when Cold Magic had released, if only so that I could hold onto these characters a little longer. I'll definitely need to be making time in the future to re-read this delightful trilogy because it
Sarah Tesh
I have to admit I was extremely disappointed with this book, the final in the Spirit Walker trilogy. The trilogy had started off well with a gripping first book (Cold Magic) and a second book (Cold Fire) that came very near to reaching this standard too. Then there's this final book. And to be honest, it annoyed the hell out of me.

Sadly Kate Elliott decided that the strong, independent main character (Cat) had to become a loved up, boy and sex obsessed girl. I realise that she's a character who
As with any magnificent series, I’m bereft that this is the last book in the Spiritwalker’s Trilogy.

Kate Elliot once again is a master of vividly creating this fabulous world of mages, magic, dragons and the spirit realm. It is a highly complex world that Elliot brings to life and even though the book is quite lengthy the story is enhanced by Elliot’s descriptive writing.

Cat Barahal is as enchanting as ever, funny and overcoming insurmountable odds. Cat, Bee and Rory are all outstanding characte
JJ DeBenedictis
This is the final book in a trilogy, and on the balance, I'd say it was a good investment of my time--but I probably won't invest money in this author again. In hindsight, I'd classify the series as get-it-at-the-library-good, rather than get-it-at-the-bookstore-good.

This third novel has the same strengths and weaknesses as the first two books in the series, although I think the first book was best.

The characters have a bit of a twee, chattering way of speaking that occasionally borders on annoy
Katharine Kerr
Don't be put off by the length of this volume. The complexity of the series -- its characters and underlying ideas, not merely its plot -- demand the length, and it's well worth it! Elliott manages to tie off a great many strands of interesting material without ever succumbing to the rushed ending or the easy way out. Cat's relationship to her "sire" is particularly well done.

And the very last couple of lines of the book made me laugh out loud. If you wonder why Elliott told this story in first
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

My feelings for Kate Elliott's Spiritwalker trilogy have been all over the map, from boredom to fangirling to intense admiration to irritation. Most emotions it's capable for me to feel about a book, I've felt somewhere along the way through this series. Though I'm not entirely satisfied with the way that Cold Steel concluded everything, the Spiritwalker Trilogy stands out in my mind as one of my recent favorites, and will remain a much loved part of my collection. Though I do not usual
I finished Cold Steel by Kate Elliott the last book of her Spiritwalker trilogy after Cold Magic and Cold fire (tbp end June) and I am a little mixed - still loved the writing a lot as the first person narration of Cat continues to be superb but the content was a combination of way too much (over the top with heroine surviving and outsmarting or outright defeating almost everyone from humans to supernatural beings) action and nothing really new as pretty much everything in the book is stuff that ...more
♥ Unaeve ♥ Olga
This Book was send to me as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review.I was asked not to post the review until closer to publishing.
Besides here on Goodreads ,the review will appear on Amazon,Facebook,Twitter and my blog : Una Dressed in Books

I will just say that i liked the book very much,everything else..soon to come ;)


My new favorite series!
Actually, my new favorite author!
Oh how i longed to find someone like Kate Elliott!
I have few favorite authors and have read everythi
Sean the Bookonaut
This is the first Kate Elliot I have read and I sincerely wish that it wasn’t.

For you see, I really love it, the writing and the world building.

It’s that way with reviewing sometimes, you’ll get book two of a series or book three without having had a chance to read the preceding books. I often joke that my super power is reading the last book of a series(without having read the others), most reviewers I don’t think would bother – the dilemma of wanting to give an author a fair go but not having
Blodeuedd Finland
I tried my best, I really did. I read 100 boring pages that were just plainly confusing. Then I tried to read more, then I tried to skim but I could not even skim! I could not be bothered to read almost 800 pages of this boring boring boring book.

Such a disappointment, I LOVED book 1. Book 2 was not up to standard and this one I could not even finish. It reminded me of her fantasy book I tried to read and could not.

I had to check my review of book 2 and there I mentioned I was confused, but that
Sam Worby
Wonderful! So much to love in this: loyal, loving, reckless Cat - a genuinely strong and really female hero; how Bee's story is equally wonderful but glimpsed in snatches; how fantastically brilliant the world is; how enemies become allies and perspectives shift; and how the whole story comes together so well. I fell in love with Vai. I laughed with Rory. Did I say I adored Cat and Bee? And the politics weren't stupid like in so many fantasylands. I devoured this book. Great, feminist fantasy.
The history of the world begins in ice, and it will end in ice.


I mean, it doesn't discriminate:
"Perhaps you are of the Sapphic persuasion, in which case I can let you know which women of the House may be interested in your attentions"

aka, you into women? cool.

"Some people have no interest in sexual liaisons, nor is there any reason they should."

aka, you aren't into doing the do with men, women, alien, or kpop idol? cool.

It has an awesome take on dragons(?)/ leviathans:
"How do the
A fitting and sweeping end to this saga which kept me engrossed to the last page. Kate has also addressed some important, and rarely used, topics such as female friendship, universal civil rights including those of women, the effect of power and hierarchy, and the nature of personal relationship choices, wrapped up in a rollicking fantasy trilogy. I also love the echoes of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars twisted into a world where Britannia never ruled the waves, instead massive mi ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the first book in the series, and almost loved the second. The second had some themes I didn't care for, even while I continued to love Cat as a character. This book begins soon after the second ended. It is not stand-alone. But, it felt messy, with frantic and poorly thought escapes and trips back and forth into and out of the spirit world. I'm not sure what use it all had except to keep me from getting immediately absorbed into the story.

Teresa Schwartz
Nov 29, 2012 Teresa Schwartz marked it as to-read
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First off, I have to say that I have read two of her earlier series (Jaran and the one set in an alternate Europe [Crown of Stars]that went on forever) and liked her combination of romance/fantasy tropes despite myself. My impression of her writing is that she really is trying to create a female-centric body of fantasy writing without pandering, and I appreciate her intentions. So I would recommend this trilogy (Cold Magic, Cold Fire, Cold Steel) although I did find it a bit hard to follow (some ...more
3.5 stars to 4. The final book in the trilogy is a touch too long to make it a solid 4. Especially the first half just drags on and on. It didn't really get exciting until Lutetia. Character traits that I thought were charming in the first 2 books started to turn annoying. Yeah, I get it, Andevai is REALLY handsome and vain and dashing, and what have you. Stop rubbing our faces in it. Also, while Camjiata was very interesting and would have made a fantastic final villain, James Drake was a caric ...more
I'm not gonna lie, the writing in the last two books of this series left something to be desired for me. The world-building was absolutely fantastically done, as was the depth and scope of the characters, and the plot. But the writing? It bored me sometimes. It seemed stilted and uninspired. In this last instalment (particularly the last 100 pages or so), however, I have nothing at all to complain about.

The story was gripping and touching. I was attached to every character, even ones that I had
It is a rare thing to find a book that takes me more than a day or two to read. To find a trilogy was an unexpected treat. It was this feminist, Steampunk-loving, fantasy geek's newest favorite set of books! I can't say enough good things about the trilogy. It had romance, not too heavy-handed, but enough to satisfy. It had lots of action, and plenty of blood, guts and gore. There were strongly feminist underpinnings. Of course, it didn't hurt that one of the main characters shares my name.

I flew through this book (which is a high mark indeed, with my recent reading pace) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I don't think it was as "good" as the first. I wonder what that's about. Probably more me than the book. The first Blew. My. Mind. Strong young women. Yes, plural. Not one Mary Sue. Going adventuring. In a multi-cultural world. and spirit realms. and magic. and dinosaur/lizard/bird/troll lawyers from America. I mean come on. It doesn't get better. The second book moved us to the C ...more
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Cold steel is the last book of Kate Elliott's Spirit Walker trilogy. Overall, the series is unexpectedly entertaining and a very decent read.

The protagonist of this series is Catherine Bell Bahral or Cat in short. Cat is a stubborn, reckless and a sharp-tongued individual. But she is also a loyal, capable and courageous young woman.I really love the fact that Cat is not a one dimensional character. On one hand, she would gladly sacrifice herself to save her loved ones but on the other she is ca
Revisiting this series after more than a year was an interesting experience. I remembered enjoying the first 2 books, and had strong memories of the worlds in the series - the differences between countries, and a very well-defined spirit world. This is rare for me as I usually remember the characters more than the settings.

Possibly because of this sense of memory, I was quite lost for the first 100 pages. I couldn't remember what was so urgent about the political game being played, and why wasn
I wish I could have loved this wholeheartedly. I did enjoy it more than the second book, but it had pretty much the same major flaw - it just dragged on too much. Cat and Bee/Vai/Rory are captured, escape, captured, escape...after a while I just couldn't keep track any more. I did love the worldbuilding, especially the political and feminist elements, which I don't think I've encountered in epic fantasy before. Cat and Bee and Rory continued to be awesome. BRING ON MORE CAT AND BEE AND RORY.
**4.5 STARS**

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THIS. BOOK. WAS. AWESOME. A wonderful ending to a fantasy filled trilogy. Each of the books in this Spiritwalker series get better and better. Reader be warned though, there is very little down time in Cold Steel. Cat definitely has her work cut out for her. I mean, she's carrying around a dead queen's head while fighting off dragons for crying out loud! How much more awesome-sauce could this book get? More zombies, m
Sarah Delacueva
If I could give half stars, I probably would have gone with three and a half here. It took me a while to get into this story, and I was actually a bit bored during the first half. But at a certain part, the action picked up enough and I became involved enough with the characters that I was really pulled along to the end. I will note that it has been quite a while since I finished book two and that I was reading in small snatches for a while. I might have gotten into the swing of things more quic ...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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Spiritwalker (3 books)
  • Cold Magic (Spiritwalker, #1)
  • Cold Fire (Spiritwalker, #2)
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