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Endless Water, Starless Sky

(Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  102 reviews
In the last days of the world, the walls of Viyara are still falling, and the dead are rising faster than ever.

Juliet is trapped—ordered by Lord Ineo of the Mahyanai to sacrifice the remaining members of her family, the Catresou, to stave off the end of the world. Though they’re certain his plan is useless, Juliet and her former friend Runajo must comply with Lord Ineo’s w
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Top Five Reasons Endless Water, Starless Sky is For You:

1. You love a good YA fantasy riddled with treachery and darkness
2. You love a retelling with so many twists it is almost unrecognizable
3. Zombies! Or are they?
4. Beautiful almost lyrical writing that will suck you in
5. You love to expect the unexpected
3.5 out of 5 Stars.

The first thing I noticed about 'Bright Smoke, Cold Fire' was the cover, I was completley mesmerized by it which lead me adding the book to my tbr shelf. If there were an award competition to which book has the most detailed, captivating and beautiful cover this duology's would win without a doubt, at least in my opinion.

Anyway, I always heard that Rosamund Hodge writes the beste retellings, there's so much rave about her book more pecifically her first two books. But Bright S
Faith M ✨
This really felt more like 3 stars but I rated the first book 3 stars and this was way better than it so I guess a 3.5 is more accurate. So for official reasons, 4 stars will do.

I definitely liked the premise and atmosphere more than the story itself. The characters improved a ton from the first book (considering the fact that I either didn’t care about them or lowkey hated them before). Like, Runajo was completely ridiculous in the first book and Juliet was a stupid robot, while Romeo was sweet
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Endless Water, Starless Sky was an overall decent finale to this duology. Not the best one out there, but it at least ended on a good note. That being said, my issues with this finale have to do more with what happened in the middle rather than the end.

Being that EW,SS is a sequel, I won't go in-depth with the plot to avoid spoilers, but I will point out some structure issues.

Endless Water, Starless Sky is supposed to be the solution to the problems that were presented in Bright Smoke,
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy, 2018
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Endless Water, Starless Sky, the second half of the story begun in Rosamund Hodge's previous novel, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. And after practically swallowing it whole, I can report that it does not disappoint. It is, however, very hard to discuss without giving away spoilers to anyone who hasn't read the first book. Therefore, my remarks will be general.

As usual, Hodge's prose is beautifully written, and her background in mythology and folklore continues
Julie Davis
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Romeo had looked at a Catresou girl and loved her. He had believed that Juliet was more than a weapon, and that it was worthwhile to love her, however little time they might have. He had died believing it.

Juliet had believed that once too.

She couldn't free her people. She couldn't free herself. And she couldn't save the city from its doom.

But she could be like Romeo, and learn to love her enemies. She could protect these people around her for whatever time they had left.

It wasn't exactly hope
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, rating-pg-13
This is the followup to Hodge's previous book Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. To recap: Romeo and Juliet, where Juliet is a clan assassin in a last city beseiged by zombies and protected only by the blood sacrifices of a creepy sisterhood. Also, there are necromancers, and Paris and Rosaline Runajo are viewpoint characters, and however you think this book is going to go, you're probably wrong (unless you guessed that it would turn into a surreal and totally evocative fairytale reminiscent of Dante's In ...more
Jack Reynolds
I don't think the break between books helped me or Hodge's audience. She did recap a good portion of the first book's events so I wasn't completely lost, but the story wasn't as interesting here. There were several climaxes that felt like we were approaching the end of the book as opposed to ends of arcs. It threw me off that when the last event in the blurb comes around, I didn't really care enough to power through another 100 pages. The pacing was also a bit iffy, which I'm not sure is due to ...more
Theresa Scott
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book finishes the latest duology by author Rosamund Hodge. On the surface, this duology could be described in the briefest sense as "Romeo and Juliet with zombies in a fantasy universe", but that description does no justice to the complex and interesting world of the novels. It would tempt comparisons with such recent works as "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which was a funny mashup of a classic with the recent zombie fad. Hodge's book is nothing of the sort. It isn't funny, and unlike P& ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
Undoubtedly a step up from Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, Endless Water, Starless Sky still suffers by being bogged down by the factors that made the first instalment a weak read, but it also delivers with beautiful worldbuilding, a dark and rich atmosphere and ornate prose. These are the redeeming factors, undoubtedly, and things that Hodge has always impressed me with.

On the flip-side, I struggled with staying invested. Whilst the second half of the book is better than the first, the slower pacing
Brendan Hodge
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the second half of a duology, it's harder to review this one by describing the plot, because Endless Water, Starless Sky really does follow so tightly upon Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. If you haven't read the first half, go read it right now and be glad that you haven't been like the rest of us waiting for more than a year to find out how the cliff hanger would resolve!

Overall, the duolgy re-imagines the story of Romeo & Juliet in a fantasy world which has been reduced to one city by the Ruining,
*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Endless Water, Starless Sky is the second and apparent finale to author Rosamund Hodge's Bright Smoke, Cold Fire duology. With its heartbreaking and shocking finale, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire left readers wanting more—and anxiously awaiting the release of this conclusion to the series. This is Romeo & Juliet like you’ve never seen it before. This new series reimagines Shakespeare’s story of feuding families and doom
Anna Mussmann
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plunging back into the world of this duology required a little will-power. After all, part one had ended not just with tragedy all around but with darkness and a stench of blood that made me cringe. I had forgotten much of the plot, and at first I struggled to reconnect with the characters. Then Hodge’s Romeo walked across the page, and I was in. I cared.

Naturally, everything got even worse. Naturally, everything was a overwrought and melodramatic--this is Romeo and Juliet with zombies, after a
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Endless Water Starless Sky is the sequel to Rosamund Hodge’s Bright Smoke Cold Fire. This duology (I hate that term, but there’s not a great word for a pair of books) is a sort of postapocalyptic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The world is broken, and has been for a hundred years since the “Ruining”. The city of Viayara is a small island in a sea of death and to leave the city’s walls is to be killed by either the white fog or the “revenants”, the zombie living dead. The city’s walls, which alo ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Celia McMahon
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for a chance to review this title.

I apologize for the late review as I just read the first installment of the Bright Smoke, Cold Fire series. Endless Water, Starless Sky so I could read this one. This book was amazing, just as the first and I could not put it down. Every character had heart and I felt for them. This book actually made me cry a little!

This would be awesome or the teens to read and anyone looking for fantasy lovers. Five stars!!
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an advanced readers copy and have read the first installment of the Bright Smoke, Cold Fire series. Endless Water, Star less Sky is a continuation of the adventure of Romeo and Juliet and how they found eachother. This book was filled with adventure and suspense that all you want to do is read on. The introduction to the supporting characters in each chapter had an easy transition for the reader to follow and relate to the story. This would be wonderful for the teens to r ...more
Bethany Powell
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MINOR SPOILERS kinda. At last!
The previous book left off at a bleak place--friends turned against each other, and terrible things done for seemingly good reasons. I was curious how it could possibly be turned around, and whether it was in the cards to get a happy-ever-after....
I'm happy to say this story picks up with all our beloved characters and gives them the chance they're looking for to make things right.
More in-depth review to come after I re-read!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are some books, that while I enjoy them, I have no issue putting them aside to go and do other things. This book made me late for work one morning; and it made me about 15 minutes late coming back from lunch because I was nearly done and I knew that I would not be able to face the afternoon without knowing what happened. It is beautiful and harrowing ending to the first book of the duology, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This sequel raises the stakes in a world built on bloodshed and death, and if you think things were dire at the end of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, well, this one is going to hit you hard. So, at the end of book 1, Runajo had parted with the Sisters to save Juliet from execution, Paris was killed by the Master Necromancer (who was also revealed, but I can't discuss it here because !spoilers!), Romeo is a fugitive, and the Catresou were implicated in having necromancers in their clan. This book start ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for this since "Bright Smoke, Cold Fire" - Hodge set up a masterful cliffhanger in the first volume of this series! - and was not disappointed. The story picks up immediately, with a reimagined Romeo and Juliet both trying to find a way to be together without killing each other or their families, all while striving to save their post-apocalyptic city from a Master Necromancer and from the Realm of Death itself.

I was caught up in the surprising yet authentic development of each
Armina Salemi
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m surprised that I actually enjoyed it! The relationship between everyone, their friendships and thank God for once somewhere (surprisingly in a famous love story) friendship is as valuable as love, NOW THIS! IS WHAT I CALL PROGRESS!✊🏼

P.s: it’s more than three.
Teresa Mary Rose
With the ending to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire I had been dying to get my hands on this one and this turned out to be a solid conclusion. This book has a great cast of characters with so many intertwined relationships.

The angst in this book is real! Romeo and Juliet are both fighting on opposite sides of a war and neither ever seems to realize what the other is up to. Waiting for them to run into one another was torture. But I kinda loved that push and pull. I also love how complicated and intertwin
Jun 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Endless Water, Starless Sky is the new title of the book and I am LOVING IT!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this even more than the first one. What a fucking rollercoaster. I love every single one of these characters and I want to give them all of the hugs, except that all of the girls would probably stab me if I did. Good times.

And with one notable exception, I thought the series played with gender in very interesting ways--each house has its own idea of appropriate gender roles, and it was super interesting to watch our characters transgress their own house's gender roles and the way that wa
After the ending of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, I was very curious as to what direction Rosamund Hodge would be taking the sequel.

I felt that initially events crawled at a snail's pace overall, meaning there were unfortunately a lot of points, at least in the first half, where I felt quite bored. However, Hodge really turns it around in the latter half, with a lot of major events occurring quite early and then snowballing forward into subsequent rather unexpected events.

Her writing is still as gorg
Mary Garceau
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
It wasn't as good as the first book. I feel like the character development was really fun in the first book. This one was still amusing though. ...more
Lucy Buller
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-have
This review was originally posted on That Book Gal.
So I was reading this earlier and I finished it and promptly forgot I had finished it. I just sat down to finish it and realized I had already finished up but I hadn’t written my review yet. So this review won’t be as good due to me not writing it right away.
When I’m thinking about this book, it really feels like 2 or 3 books. The reason for that, I think, is Juliet. Early on in the book she feels different as a character, for specific reasons,
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
The walls of Viyara are still falling and Juliet is trapped doing Lord Ineo’s bidding unless she can find another way to protect Viyara from the dead who are rising. Romeo on the other hand, has found out that the love of his life is alive, but his actions are what killed her family. Now he must face death in order to redeem himself. This novel was fast-paced and had a lot going on, much like the first novel. Again, this left the reader a little confused as to what was going on because there was ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was boring, repetitive, and the magic system is all over the place. I don't know why this book has to be so long and the interesting female characters can't save everything. Also, the book had the chance to be very diverse, but doesn't make enough of it, rather the opposite. ...more
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“I’ll tell you where he takes me, and you’ll follow,” Juliet went on out loud, and then looked at Vai. “Do you know about—”

“Oh, yes, we used that trick with Paris and Romeo,” said Vai.

“Romeo?” Juliet echoed.

“Right,” said Vai, “you don’t know anything. What you and Romeo did at the sepulcher? It bound him and Paris together, the same way you’re bound to that Mahyanai girl. Very convenient for using Romeo as a lookout while we broke into the Lord Catresou’s study. Less convenient when it made the pair of them act like idiots protecting each other, which was always.”
“Is Romeo safe?” she asked.

“Yes, and waiting nearby,” said Vai, sauntering up beside her. “Did you have a plan for what to do next about him, or were you counting on dying first?”

“I . . . thought I would probablydie,” Juliet admitted.

Vai snorted. “Well, it’s obvious why you two belong together.”
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