The Cold Kiss of Death (, # 2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Cold Kiss of Death ( #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  744 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Genny Taylor works for ±
Making Magic Safe. But her own life is anything but safe!

‘The ghost grasped her shift and ripped it open. The three interlacing crescents carved red-raw and bleeding into her thin chest didn’t look any better than the last dozen times I’d seen them. The wounds weren’t lethal – they weren’t even recent; she’d been dead for at least...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 16th 2009 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2009)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
City of Bones by Cassandra ClareThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsIrrepressible You by Georgina PenneyAfter Forever Ends by Melodie RamoneCity of Glass by Cassandra Clare
romance that every girl has gotta read
139th out of 466 books — 303 voters
Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe by Simon OkillThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienBlood Will Tell by Samantha YoungPhantom Bigfoot Strikes Again by Simon OkillSlumber by Samantha Young
British Fantasy Authors
40th out of 104 books — 174 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,707)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Every once in a while you read a debut novel, get all excited about it, want to read the sequel, but the sequel doesn't compare with the original. I'm happy to say that this sequel to The Sweet Scent of Blood was just as fun to read as the first book in the series. Suzanne McLeod's characters are an interesting mix of good and evil. Not one of her characters are completely good, though a few of her characters are simply evil. It makes for a great read. You are not sticking your...more
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

The series continues being good, and in this I finally have answers. Anyway Genny still has a lot of problems, witches, a cop who doesn't like her, all the vampires in London that wants to suck her yummy fairy blood, Finn, her boss who wants to be more than friends and then something is going on with the Fae cos they want her now too. As you can see, problems! Not to mention being hunted for murder. What a juicy tale it is.

I like Genny, she is a bit messed up cos of her past where sh...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

THE COLD KISS OF DEATH by Suzanne McLeod is the second book in the Spellcrackers series featuring Genny Taylor, the only leanan sidhe in London, who works for Spellcrackers, a company that fixes magical problems. The first half of this book was an urban fantasy lovers dream. A version of London overrun with supernatural creatures, a world that has fully integrated both the mundane and magical with deep prejudices on all sides, and a smart protagonist wh...more
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)

Warning: This is a spoiler free review but I make references to things from the first book which can be considered a bit spoilery.

The Cold Kiss of Death is the 2nd book in the series. This series is so great it gave me back my UF reading mojo. Read too much of a genre and you start getting 'bored', it's what happened to me with the UF genre. I kept wanting to go back to read Historicals (my safe genre). Well, The Spellcrackers seri...more
Another 3.5 star book. I still thought it was more complicated than it needed to be and occasionally confusing, but less so than the first book. I also would have preferred to read more about the fae and witches and less about the vampires, but that's probably personal preference to some degree. But it's also little a bit about originality, it's not that it's just like every other urban fantasy or anything, but at some point the sexy dangerous vampire thing gets a bit old for me. But I like thes...more
Dec 14, 2009 Larissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Genevieve Taylor is a fae, a sidhe fae. And while there are plenty of fae to be found in the city, Genny is the only sidhe fae in London. Which is why when a dead body turns up with sidhe magic all over it, Genny is the polices' number one suspect. Never mind she didn't do it.

Genny is on the run, and it's not only the police after her. Every vampire is dying to sink their teeth into her, ghosts are haunting her, and many others are after her body in more ways then one. Unfortunately the witches...more
(3.5 stars) Sidhe fae Genevieve Taylor is in trouble again. Hannah Ashby, whom Genny met in the last book, has shown up again — this time wielding powerful magic and demanding the priceless Fabergé egg Genny received from the Earl. Genny’s also being haunted by the ghost of a young girl. Worst of all, she finds a friend murdered and is framed for the crime. Now she needs the help of the manipulative vampire Malik al-Khan, which never comes for free.

Much like the first Spellcrackers book, The Swe...more
How awesome are book signings? Back in May 2009, not only did I get to meet Rachel Caine at her London book signing hosted by Murder One, but I also got to buy several books, one of which was the amazing The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod! Suzanne was also at the event, but I didn’t know – I hadn’t heard of her or her book at the time. But I feel in love with her series within the first few pages, and since reading it, I’ve been itching to read its sequel, The Cold Kiss of Death. I got l...more
This is the second time that I have read this book. I am re-reading the three books in the series in preparation for the fourth one The Shifting Price Of Prey being released soon. This is not a book that can be read on its own you really do need to read the first book The Sweet Scent Of Blood before reading this one. I adore this series it is set in London and features 24 year old Genny who was born to a sidhe fae mother and vampire father. Genny works for where she cracks spel...more
After reading the first Spellcrakers book and falling in love with it, I made it a point to get my hands on this book and I definitely wasn't disappointed.

It always amazes me how writers are able to create such complex, intricate worlds and McLeod is really talented at it. I love the way she uses elements of fairy and vampire lore and puts a refreshing spin on it. The book reads great and the interactions and reactions of the characters are believable. I can't wait to read the next book to find...more
I really wanted to love this book, I thought the first one had a lot of potential so I was looking forward to this one. The book started out good but then around halfway I got confused I just could not recall a lot of the references or they didn't make sense to me. Also around this point the plot started getting overly complicated, with a lot of unnecessary conflicts. Then the very end felt very rushed. In the end I guess spellcrackers is not a series for me.
Yolanda Sfetsos
The Cold Kiss of Death is a well-written, fast-paced and highly imaginative story set in an alternate and very dangerous version of London. Where it's not safe in the Tube, or wherever trees can speak to each other. Genny's voice takes you on her personal journey in a very intimate way, revealing what's happening at close range, as well as bits and pieces of her past. A past that makes a lot of sense and seems to lead to the vampire, Malik.
I really enjoyed Book 1. I know many like Finn but I'm Team Malik! This one was good but very confusing and hard to follow at times. We learn more about our heroine and what her Fae peeps really want from her. Good but not great.
Fiona J Mackenzie
Cracking second novel in this excellent series. There are some wonderful characters from the first novel, together with new and exciting ones, not to mention a great plot. Can highly recommend.
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
Hot damn, this was good. All the elements urban fantasy should be in just the right percentages. = )
Qwill / The Qwillery
Apr 26, 2011 Qwill / The Qwillery rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Fans
My Thoughts:

The Cold Kiss of Death is the second book in the Spellcrackers series by Suzanne McLeod. It's a wild ride filled with intrigue, mystery, and surprises. By the time I got to the ending few chapters, I was on edge waiting to find out what would happen. I had to read the last few chapters more than once, not because I didn't get it, but because I rushed the first time. I absolutely had to know what happened. I found the ending of the story quite emotional.

Genny is a terrific main chara...more
Nov 10, 2013 Carien rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: uf
I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago. Even though I really liked it, I just didn't get to buying book 2 until recently. In fact it was so long ago I read book 1, I decided to do a reread before picking up book 2 and discovered I liked it even better than the first time I read it. So with the events of The Sweet Scent of Blood fresh in my mind I dived into The Cold Kiss of Death.

And this is a really cool story.

Genny is trying to deal with the aftermath of the events from boo...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:

The Cold Kiss of Death has lots going on. I mean, lots. Genny is the only sidhe fae in the London area, and that makes her a very attractive proposition for any supernatural being that has it in his mind that it might be time to, er, start a family. Her job with has gotten tough with the tension between her and her satyr boss, Finn. Then there’s the sexy vampire, Malik al-Kahn, who holds the key to her pas...more
This is the second book in Suzanne McLeod’s ‘’ series.

There is a lot going on in this book. One of Genny’s friends is murdered, and she is set-up to take the fall. Malik Al-Khan steps back into Genny’s life, and with him, problems regarding ‘Rosa’ (a vampire ‘disguise’ Genny borrows for her feedings) resurface. Finn is complicating her love life (or lack of). We are introduced to an ex-flame of Genny’s, a kelpie called Tavish. A ghost girl is following Gennry around. The London...more
This is a tough book for me. With the first one I liked the premise but it didn't follow through for me. The large cast of characters made it hard to keep them all straight. So this book was going to be a make or break book for me in the series as I was hoping my issues with the first book was just first book syndrome. I am sad to say that didn't happen, while I did finish the book it was tough to do so because I ran into the same issues. I started out reading the book in 50 page chunks, but tha...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the urban fantasy series revolving around a sidhe fae with an unusual disability.

My Take
It's a fascinating premise with lots of action. I do, however, understand why McLeod's series isn't more available or popular as she leaves the reader (me!) hanging and clueless on so many points.

Then there's Genny's stupidity. She keeps dropping herself into dumb situations although the reason she has survived so far does become clear. At least this time, McLeod wasn't going on ab...more
Originally Posted at

Boy, can McLeod twist a story! Her books are a mystery lover's dream. There are so many twists and new developments constantly through the story, that just when you think you know what the mystery you're meant to be piecing together is, another one pops up for your enjoyment to riddle out. The loops and whorls she creates is something to behold.

Genevieve Taylor is back and I'd forgotten how much of a girl crush I have on her. She's so genu...more
Sara Walker
Kaleidoscope Reviews

Ah, Genny. In trouble with the vampires again!

THE COLD KISS OF DEATH took everything introduced in book 1, THE SWEET SCENT OF BLOOD, and went deeper and darker, making for more trouble for our poor protagonist, Genny Taylor.

Genny is a half-vampire, half-sidhe. She works for, a business that fixes magical problems. Genny is being haunted by a ghost that she can't communicate with. Finn, the satyr Genny thought was getting romantic with her, has become her bos...more
Lady Entropy

Ora bem, isto é claramente uma série de fantasia urbana à americana: tem a formula esperada, os elementos típicos... mas é escrito por uma inglesa, o que acaba por fazer disto nem carne, nem peixe.

Temos a protagonista que é linda de morrer (check), mas graças a deus tem montes de problemas e defeitos. Toda a gente quer saltar-lhe à espinha (check), porque a) ela pode ajudar as fae a quebrar uma maldição se tiver um filho e b) porque como é Sidhe, todos os vampiros adoram o sangue dela. Tem um va...more
Mon avis en français

My english review

It was a real pleasure to read an other novel with our heroine : Genny after all these things which happened to her in the first volume. We could be afraid that the story's rhythm was slower, but it wasn't the case. Indeed, the rhythm is the same all along the book. From the start I get into the story very quickly to follow the constant adventures of our heroine. This book is a great extension of the first one, we can find all the consequences...more
The Cold Kiss of Death is the second book in the fabulous Spellcrackers urban fantasy series by Suzanne McLeod. This review will contain spoilers for the first book, The Sweet Scent of Blood, and really they do need to be read in order!

Sidhe Genny would love to be left to live her life in peace. But now both the vampires and the lesser fae of London know who she is, they just won’t leave her alone and her witch neighbours would like to see her evicted. To make things worse, her local baker is mu...more
Another great addition to this lovely little UF series which is turning out to be more than your average fantasy love story.

The characters here are definitely intriguing. A hint of the scary monster under the bed, mixed up with the sexy, desirable fantasy we all know and love. Vampires who can't be trusted and who have a tendency to either kill or infect their prey. Machiavellian masters with manipulative desires and then there's just the good old "can you trust the sexy fairy/vampire/whatever?"...more
Rhona Scott
The Cold Kiss of Death is the second book in the Spellcrackers series. I enjoyed reading the first book and the follow up doesn't disappoint. The vampires still covert Genny's blood, determined to make her a blood slave now that the witches have removed their protection. The local fae have also taken an unhealthy interest in her, thinking she can break the fertility curse inflicted by the Sidhe Queen. On top of all that Genny is wanted for murder when a friend ends up dead in a suspicious Sidhe...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
The Cold Kiss of Death by Suzanne McLeod is the 2nd book in the Spellcrackers series after the Sweet Scent of Blood. If you are in the US, you will have a hard time finding this book until April, when the official US launch date is set. If you are in London, you are peachy!

Luckily, a library in the state of Washington had this available, and I borrowed it. Thank you so very much Whatcom County Library System! **You can also win this, if you’re lucky, through the first read giveaway...more
C2009. FWFTB: ghost, witch, hunted, vampire, supernaturals
I was really impressed with the first book in the series and had to find out what would happen to Genny next. This was just as good as the first one although a little darker than the first. Characters and “rules” are expanded although I was getting a little tired of the plot being moved on by Genny continually blacking out or falling unconscious. At the end of the book, I felt that there were quite a few loose ends that were left dangling...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 56 57 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Arcane Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, #4)
  • Ghosts & Echoes (Shadows Inquiries #2)
  • That Which Bites (Julia Poe Vampire Chronicles, #1)
  • Vampires Not Invited (Night Tracker, #3)
  • Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files, #4)
  • A Bloody Good Secret (Secret McQueen, #2)
  • Chimes at Midnight (October Daye, #7)
  • Shady Lady (Corine Solomon, #3)
  • Bone Gods (Black London, #3)
  • Blood Bargain (Blood Lines, #2)
  • The Ripple Effect (Rhiannon's Law, #3)
  • Pack of Lies (Paranormal Scene Investigations #2)
  • Bad Blood (House of Comarré, #3)
  • A Flash of Hex (OSI, #2)
  • Bloodstone (Deadtown, #3)
  • Right Hand Magic (Golgotham, #1)
Welcome to my Goodreads page! I write the urban fantasy series about magic, mayhem and murder – liberally spiced with hot guys, kick-ass chicks and super-cool supes! I live on the sunny (sometimes) South Coast of England with my wonderful, long-suffering husband and our demanding, geriatric rescue dog.
More about Suzanne McLeod...
The Sweet Scent of Blood (, #1) The Bitter Seed of Magic (, # 3) The Shifting Price of Prey (, #4) Fairy Wishes The Sharp Bite of Ritual (, #6)

Share This Book