Cold Fire: Spiritwalker: Book Two

Cold Fire (Spiritwalker Trilogy) - Kate Elliott Cold Fire continues the story of Catherine Bell Barahal, right where Cold Magic ended. One would assume that because Cold Magic included such massive amounts of world building that Cold Fire would delve right into the story, but that is not the case. For a good 130 pages, the book just droned on. I am starting to wonder what Elliott has against the beginning of her novels. I once again considered giving the novel a DNF, and it is only because I remembered that Cold Fire was extremely slow to start that I continued on. Once again, Elliot ignored the adage of show, not tell. Cat is taken the spirit world and emerges in the Antilles. This shifts the story from Europa to the West Indies. I really liked that Elliot went out of her way to be authentic in both speech patterns and the food that they consumed, but I will say the amount of rum did seem excessive at times. This was a wonderful shift because far too often, these stories are set in Europe and have a very Eurocentric perspective or the cultures of colour are thin and show an obvious lack of resource. As with Cold Magic, there is a class struggle going on. The poor want the right to have a say in their government and as to be expected, the ruling classes wish to continue to have their rule unchallenged. The rule of law is not evenly applied, and those with power are able to avoid things like imprisonment on salt island. In the north, cold mages who work in houses control the government, but in the south, fire mages are the main elemental power. It is illegal to be an unregistered mage and because they have been so restricted, many are unaware of their capabilities. Into this word enters Andevai a cold mage from the north and Cats husband through an arranged marriage. There is also the issue of general Camjiata who is attempting to rebuild his army to invade Europa. Unfortunately for Cat and Bee, they play a large roll in his plans.Read More