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Cold Steel

(Spiritwalker #3)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,371 ratings  ·  300 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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Ticktock
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Felicia
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Lindsay
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A satisfying if not perfect ending to the series.

This one has a bit of a rough start. Rough as in draft, as it feels like the first 20% or so could have done with another run of editing, or a rework or something. I think the basic problem is that at the end of the second book the main character and her friends are stuck in the Caribbean and for this book they needed to be in Europa and the transition stuff just had to get done.

Once the action moves to Europa the storyline stabilizes a bit until
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Robyn
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This series is just wonderful. A fitting end to the series, which sees Cat navigating her way to happiness in a remarkably realistic way, considering the presence of talking dinosaurs, magic, a man who turns into a sabre tooth cat, and the Spirit World. A definite favourite.
Nafiza
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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YouKneeK
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the final book in Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker trilogy. It was more entertaining than the middle book, which I thought had a lot more boring and tedious parts. There was one aspect of the story that I feared would be stretched out for the entire book, but it was wrapped up earlier than I expected so I was happy about that. The story held my interest better than the second book and equally as well as the first book. There was a minor thread or two that never really got tied up, but the end ...more
Katharine Kerr
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Keertana
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Sarah
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: grown-up-reads
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
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Beth
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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JJ DeBenedictis
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Izzie
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, epic-fantasy
A long but ultimately satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. Elliott manages to bring many disparate aspects together to create a fun and complex story. And we got to meet the fabled dragons at long last!
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
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S.B. Wright
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Claire
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, fantasy
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
Beth
The Spiritwalker Trilogy concludes with Cold Steel. This last volume starts off hectically as Cat rushes to rescue Vai from the clutches of the Master of the Hunt, zipping back and forth between the spirit world and Earth. The middle has the main characters catching up with Camjiata and visiting several mage houses along the way. And the end has a big battle, a confrontation with a fiery foe, and this series' final trip to the spirit world.

The Mansa and Camjiata and Lord Marius, et al., are the
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thefourthvine
At one point while reading this, I got to a major plot development and thought, “Oh, good! I must be nearly at the end!” Then I glanced at the progress indicator and discovered I was at 35%. That is ... not a great sign, honestly.

This book was just — it needed to be edited so very badly. The pacing was so off that the plot limped slowly along, occasionally tripping and falling into bed with Catherine and Vai for an interminable few pages. (By the way, you absolutely have to be 100% into the Cat
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Malischa Weijkamp
Viel tegen na deel 2 gelezen te hebben. Zo jammer. Een beetje een spijt momentje dat ik ze gekocht heb
Lark
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Third installment of Spiritwalker trilogy. We continue following Cat around in her adventures.

The charm has worn off. This book is just wandering around with absolutely no direction. There is no point to any of the plot lines or the characters.

"That's Bee's sketchbook!" I exclaimed. "The one you stole from her!
Are you freaking serious?! I literally said that in the last book that Bee's sketchbook needed to be hidden better. And it happens AGAIN in this book at least three times. This plot line
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Greta
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The history of the world begins in ice, and it will end in ice.


THIS TRILOGY IS
description

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
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Tina
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Liviu
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ♥
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 ;)

25.08.2013

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
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eilasoles
May 24, 2015 rated it did not like it

This book really needed an editor. Desperately. I'm still unsure if the author really thinks 'romantical' is a word or simply intended it as a part of her invented lingo in the invented world. The writing is just awful. Besides the obvious incorrect usages, it's imprecise, repetitive, and drowning in horribly cliched phrases and metaphors. English can't be Kate Elliot's second or even third language. Cold Steel could have been trimmed to about half its length. It's full of details and scenes tha
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Ali
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, spec-fic
As I said in a review of one of the earlier books in this series, there's a lot of interesting ideas here, but Elliott is just trying to do too much and none of it quite holds together. I also get the impression that she didn't plot the series out well before she started -- things like Cat's father's journals were stressed in earlier books in a way that led the reader to believe that they'd be important later on, but then they were basically dropped by the end of the series. These books strike m ...more
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
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Sam Worby
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
sage
There's a whole lot of slog for not a great deal of payoff. The 'verse is still great, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired, which is unfortunate because some of these characters are awesome. ...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. She currently lives in Hawaii, where she paddles outrigger canoes and spoils her schnauzer.



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Spiritwalker (3 books)
  • Cold Magic (Spiritwalker, #1)
  • Cold Fire (Spiritwalker, #2)

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