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Call of Fire

(Blood of Earth #2)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  39 reviews
When an earthquake devastates San Francisco in an alternate 1906, the influx of geomantic energy nearly consumes Ingrid Carmichael. Bruised but alive, the young geomancer flees the city with her friends, Cy, Lee, and Fenris. She is desperate to escape Ambassador Blum, the cunning and dangerous bureaucrat who wants to use Ingrid’s formidable powers to help the Unified Pacif ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Harper Voyager
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Judith Starkston
The fast, twisting plot, the engaging characters and the menacing magic that made Cato’s first book in the Blood of Earth series such an excellent read are all present and expanded on in this second one, Call of Fire. The endearing, nascent romance of Breath of Earth blossoms in smart, heartwarming ways. The nuanced political machinations and cultural manipulations in this alternative historical world will keep your mind happily buzzing and expanding. Cato’s portrayal of Ingrid, the young, femal ...more
Shelley
*Source* Edelweiss/Publisher
*Genre* Historical Fiction, Steampunk
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Call of Fire is the second installment in author Beth Cato's Blood of Earth series. Call of Fire picks up where Breath of Earth left off.  It has been an awful week for protagonist Ingrid Carmichael. As the world's only female Geomancer, she has watched her city of San Francisco be destroyed by a major earthquake. A group of geomancer's she knew well was murdered, and her mentor Sakaguchi was hurt badly and
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Michelle Hauck
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The already detailed and complete alternate history of America becomes even more layered in the second installment of this series. I love the additions of new cities and new historical characters, especially Theodore Roosevelt. I looked forward to his introduction since the moment he was mentioned in the first book and the author didn't disappoint.

Once again we are in the world where Japan and America are united with America being the weaker of the two partners. We meet new fantastic creatures a
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Sara Bauer
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The dangerous misadventures of Ingrid, Cy, and the rest of their charismatic team continue in the sequel to Breath of Earth. This time, they run from the disaster of San Fran and hope to find safety elsewhere--but Ambassador Blum has other ideas.

Just as thrilling as the first (and with a dash of delicious romance), Cato's second novel in this world is a suspenseful punch in the gut that you'll be unable to put down. Cy is and probably always will be my favorite character, mostly because I have
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Brenda
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Thanks to a Goodreads Giveaway I had the joy of reading a galley copy months before this book is released! YAY GOODREADS!

Call of Fire picks up right where Breath of Earth left off--and I mean *right* where. We are instantly thrown into post-earthquake chaos and follow Ingrid and crew into far, far more. My poor beloved book friends just can't catch a break, and I mean that in the best possible way. Call of Fire brings in more magic, more romance, more action than ever before. Beth only
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Elisa
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great follow up to Breath of Earth, love the main characters and the world-building. Still lots to be accomplished, looking forward to the next book.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Be warned; this starts out as the last book ended so if you have not read book one you will be very lost. Ingrid, Cy, Lee, and Fenris have escaped San Francisco but are still in danger. The mix of history as we know it and history in a steampunk world is still very interesting. Cato even has a list of books the helped her develop her story listed at the end. More backstory is revealed, we meet new characters and learn more about the world where the story is set. Like many middle books in a serie ...more
Karissa
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Breath of Earth series; I got it through Edelweiss to review. I really really loved Breath of Earth. Unfortunately for some reason Call of Fire really fell flat for me; there was just too much war and rioting and running from place to place.

Ingrid and crew are fleeing to Seattle from San Francisco but the plot involving Ambassador Blum and the subjugation of the Chinese people continues. There are a lot of politics, rioting, airship travel, and running around in t
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Kes
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2017
The difficulty with sequels is also one of the easy things about it: as a reader, I know the world. This makes it easier to focus on the plot. The downside is that it also loses the freshness of the narrative.

That was the case with this book. It was fun to read, but it felt more like a second book in a trilogy than anything else. It didn't feel like there was a proper resolution. It's just development.

It's still not a bad book, and a more accurate rating might be 2.5, but it felt a bit boring.
Paul
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely world creation; I like how the magic slowly unfolds throughout the two books. I appreciate the underlying racial tensions in the books and how those are impacting each of the main characters.

The dings:

* The books could use more editorial oversight. There are errors and inconsistencies throughout.
* The love interest is a touch forced.
Jared Adams
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Beth Cato's "Call of Fire" is the second book in a series that started with "Breath of Earth," and it delivers in much the same way that "Empire Strikes Back" delivered after "A New Hope." It is darker, broader in scope, and takes the characters deeper, all while maintaining the adventurous tone of the original.

The heroine of the series, Ingrid Carmichael, is a geomancer, a mage who derives power from seismic activity, but as established in the first book, she has extraordinary powers that go f
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Allison
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The worldbuilding is the best thing about this series. It's so creative and exciting. In a world in 1906 where the United States is allied with Japan to form the United Pacific, Abraham Lincoln was never assassinated among other alternate historical events, power comes from crystals filled with energy bled off the earth, and magical creatures of all sizes from pixies to elementals roam, our protagonist is on the run from sinister forces who would use her incredible powers to wreak destruction up ...more
K. Lincoln
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, actually

Call of Fire picks up where Breath of Earth left off: with Ingrid wounded, Cy care-taking, and Fenris obsessed with the aerial ship, Palmetto Bug. They are fleeing the devastation of San Francisco, and the loss of Chinatown. First stopping in Portland where Cy and Ingrid are separated from Lee and Fenris, and then to Seattle.

We get some answers in this book as to why Ingrid has such a powerful geomantic connection to the earth and to the yokai creatures in the mountains, volca
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William Bentrim
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Call of Fire by Beth Cato

Repeating my self from my previous review. An alternative world setting in 1906 provides the scene. Women are treated in a despicable fashion that sadly was pretty much true in that time period's reality. One of the things I liked about this book was that Cato based her story on actual events and actual mores. That certainly doesn't detract for the fantastical elements imbued in both the setting and the characters.

Cato did her homework. The basis of her discrimination w
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AliceAnn
I won this book in a Goodreads-Giveaway, and this is my honest review.

I thought this book was amazing. All of the characters continue to grow, becoming more morally gray as the story takes them deeper into the war between the U.S./Japan and China. Ingrid is a black female geomancer, in an alternate-history world, where that's not supposed to be possible. It is 1906, so she also has to deal with all the social injustices of that time period. She continues to grow in her earth powers, and has to d
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Kimber
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed "Call of Fire" by Beth Cato very much, and look forward to the next installment in this series eagerly. The characters have continued to be interesting and engaging, the world building still amazing, and the plot and overall story arc has kept me on the edge of my seat, so to speak — I've stayed up far too late on several occasions while reading, just as I have with the first in the series!

Even though it's sometimes difficult to read, because I have a very vivid imagination, the racism
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Danielle
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've taken issue with the way many steampunk novels avoid the troublesome cultural issues of the time they're glorifying. Even though this series takes place in a timeline altered from true history, it manages to address a very real problem at this time in American history—the plight of Chinese immigrants. Breath of Earth introduced an extreme version of real events with the invention of the United Pacific, a cooperative union between the United States and Japan (with an eye toward empire-buildi ...more
Jeremy Brett
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beth Cato's sequel to her wonderful "Breath of Earth" is every bit as delightful and creative as the first book. Cato continues to explore a world built around an original magical concept, in which 'geomancers' harness and channel the subterranean energy of the Earth in order to protect humanity from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. It is a colorful alternative history in which the United States is allied with Japan and savage war and occupation rage in a dying imperial China, and the story i ...more
Anne
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Call of Fire begins the morning after Blood of Earth. The earthquake that nearly killed Ingrid and destroyed much of San Francisco has the crew of the Palmetto Bug fleeing north in the aftermath of the battle with her Ingrid's own father.

In Seattle, the group attempts to regroup and heal with the help Ambassador Theodore Roosevelt. Ingrid searches for any hint of her father's past and her own, unknown, history and stay one step ahead of her enemy, Ambassador Blum. Relationships change and deepen
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M.E. Garber
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful read, full of historical fact and fantasy combined. While dealing with many uncomfortable subjects, this book kept me turning pages as I sympathized with the protagonist and her friends so much. In addition, here in Book 2 of the series, we get more information on Ingrid, the protagonist, and her previously-unknown background, and are treated to watching her learn and grow in her magical, geomantic skills. (PS--I really loved Tacoma.)

The settings are wonderful, the "motley" assortmen
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Sue
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beth Cato has continued to flesh out a steampunk story that seems to effortlessly blend in actual history with an alternate reality. A world that utilizes earth energy to power engines, aircraft and tanks. A world where those who hold the power to harness this energy are at risk to be pawns in the quest for national and world domination. Her characters are multi dimensional, authentic, smart and creative yet still very much human with torn loyalties and vulnerabilities. I have very much enjoyed ...more
Ollivier
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first book was already very interesting with a fascinating alternate history where men (and a woman) could influence (or be influenced by) the terrible power of earthquakes. Add to this some big political plots and you get an excellent book.

The second one goes even deeper and describe even more good things about this universe including monsters and deities. We get more information about geomancy and ambassadors and much more stuff. This is a really awesome book and series I recommend to ever
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Hesione
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I really, really appreciate how the book depicts not only the violent abuse of the Chinese under American hands, but also how the Japanese and their belief in racial superiority caused them to do acts of extreme evil in China proper, among other places. I love how even-handedly the author treated all the characters, morally grey for their own very understandable reasons.
Josh
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ingrid continues to run from enemies who are trying to capture her for her powers while trying to find out the truth about her parents and her powers.

This was a good book - the magic system was innovative, the characters very real, and the action constant. I didnt read the first book, but was able to jump right in.

*I got this book through GoodRead's Giveaways - an excellent source of interesting books!
Septentrion
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Beth cato is growing into a wonderful author. There was nothing I didn't like in this book. The plot is well designed, with surprises and heartaches aplenty.I wonder how Beth Cato is going to deal in the next bookwith what happened to Ingrid. It souhld be interesting. I like the characters a lot, too. They're brave but not stupidly so. They can make decisions based on rational thought even though it breaks their hearts. I've had a wonderful time reading this book.
Liz
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I knew I had read the first book in this series and remembered absolutely NOTHING about it except that there was earth magic and a main character. So, you know, I wasn't actually wrong about anything.
It's still a really cute series. The main characters don't annoy me and the romance is handled very well.
Andrea
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Call of Fire beautifully continues this complex alternate history of America. While I usually have a lot of trouble with second books in what I assume is a trilogy, the continuous action and marvelous characters made this one a pleasure. I adore all of the characters, particularly Fenris, Cy, and Ingrid. Evan the villainous Blum is intriguingly complicated! Can't wait for the next one.
Kiwi Carlisle
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series seems to be getting more complex as it goes on--now we have the prospect of meeting gods as well as earth spirits and legendary creatures such as dragons and qilin. It's sometimes a bit hard to read what Cato puts her protagonist through in the name of story, but I'm still hooked.
Jennifer Lee Rossman
Mild, non-specific spoilers for the ending, but I'm happy to see what looks like disability rep going into the third book. Of course, I'm expecting it to be magically cured because that's what always happens, but still.
Anthony
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review soon.
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Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.

She's the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel) and THE CLOCKWORK CROWN (an RT Reviewers' Choice Finalist) from Harper Voyager. He
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Other books in the series

Blood of Earth (3 books)
  • Breath of Earth (Blood of Earth, #1)
  • Roar of Sky (Blood of Earth, #3)