Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
(The Spiritwalker Trilogy)

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Synopsis

The Wild Hunt is stirring - and the dragons are finally waking from their long sleep...

Cat Barahal was the only survivor of the flood that took her parents. Raised by her extended family, she and her cousin, Bee, are unaware of the dangers that threaten them both. Though they are in beginning of the Industrial Age, magic - and the power of the Cold Mages - still hold sway.

Now, betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful Cold Mage, Cat will be drawn into a labyrinth of politics. There she will learn the full ruthlessness of the rule of the Cold Mages. What do the Cold Mages want from her? And who will help Cat in her struggle against them?
 

About Kate Elliott

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Kate Elliott is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Novels of the Jaran and, most recently, the Crossroads fantasy series. King's Dragon, the first novel in the Crown of Stars series, was a Nebula Award finalist; The Golden Key (with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson) was a World Fantasy Award finalist. Born in Oregon, she lives in Hawaii. Find out more about the author at www.kateelliott.com or on twitter @KateElliottSFF.
 
Published September 9, 2010 by Orbit. 614 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The first installment of Elliott's Spiritwalker trilogy puts a decidedly steampunk edge on epic adventure fantasy. The setting is a pseudo-Victorian Europe at the emergence of an industrial revolution

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The Bookbag

Summary: Second book in Kate Elliott's Spiritwalker trilogy is, like the first, a tad too sprawling to be a real classic - but is certainly a book well worth reading for all fantasy fans.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Despite a frustratingly slow start, this epic 'icepunk' fantasy novel eventually reaches an awesome climax and looks like the start of a fantastic trilogy which will appeal to anyone who likes romance, fantasy, intrigue and strong female heroines.

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Pajiba

Cat is further confused when the driver and footman of the Cold Mage’s coach appear not to be human, but creatures of the spirit world (think like the Fey), call her kin and give her a magical sword of cold steel.

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SFFWorld.com

Although it is Bee that is seen as important, Cat is found to have the ability to move between the mortal world and the supernatural realm and this has consequences for events in the tale.

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SFFWorld.com

More importantly, the world-building behind the novel told through Cat’s mind and her interactions with others is quite possibly the strong point of the novel.

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SF Signal

Hopefully we will see a fully unleashed Cat in book three, especially given now that she has a couple of targets to point at given the final chapters of the book.

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SF Signal

As a result of this colder world, the English channel has a permanent land bridge, coastlines are different (The site of Adurnam in our world would be underwater), Scandinavia and the Alps are covered in glaciers.

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Fantasy Literature

Elliott’s setting is incredibly captivating, with just enough real history to make the world pop and enough fantastic elements (like some steampunk and magic) to keep the fantasy reader interested.

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The Ranting Dragon

Cold Magic is the first book in the new Spirit Walker trilogy by Kate Elliott, established author of both the Crown of Stars and the Crossroads series.

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The Ranting Dragon

In Cold Fire, Cat begins to exert her influence on the conflict involving the revolutionary general Camjiata and the Cold Mage Houses, as she is seemingly fated to do.

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Strange Horizons

She discovers more about her parents, and more about her world, including the fact (unusual in a fantasy world, but corresponding very much to our own world at the beginning of the nineteenth century) that there is a good deal of radical agitation against the authorities and the aristocracies who...

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Kepler's

If you’ve been hearing Kate Elliot’s praises for quite some time, but haven’t yet managed to pick up one of her books, Cold Magic is an excellent place to start.

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Jackson District Library

Both Cat's aunt and uncle rush to affirm Cat as the eldest, and Cat is immediately married to the young mage, Andevai.

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