Cold Magic: Spiritwalker: Book One

Cold Magic - Kate Elliott Cold Magic is the first book in the Spiritwalker trilogy. As with all new books in a series, it is necessary to do some world building to properly set the story for a reader. Unfortunately, Elliott's approach was heavy handed and boring, because she ignored the adage of show and not tell. At times it felt like being immersed in a history lesson about people, wars, and countries that as a reader, I could care less about. Approximately, the first 100 pages is dedicated to world building and this makes the story exceedingly boring to read. At one point, I was tempted to put the book down, and simply give it a DNF. It should not take 100 pages to begin telling a story.Cold Magic is a steampunk novel in which magic and technology are clearly at war with each other. The cold mages demand patronage of the people for protection and in return, the people are virtually enslaved and must exchange their labour. Technology holds the promise of freedom from the oppressors. The people seek voting rights as they were formed in ancient Rome as well as the ability to profit from their own labour. There are far too many clans to list in this review and they are often difficult to remember as one reads the story.For all of their belief in technology, the people are very spiritual. Beneath the world that is readily visible is another realm of magic. In this realm a dragon dreams and these dreams effect the faith of the waking world. Fantastical creatures exist there whose purpose is as of yet unexplained.In this world lives Catherine Bell Barahal and her beloved cousin Bee. They are both believe that that they are the descendants of the Hassi Barahal clan. The Hassi Barahal's began as messengers but quickly became spies. When the populace attempted to over throw the cruel rule of the cold mages led by Camjiata the rebellion was crushed placing the Hassi Barahal family in grave danger because of the potential of their activities becoming public knowledge and so a deal was struck whereby the eldest daughter of the Hassi Barahal clan would be forced to marry a cold mage of the four moon house before the age of majority. Days before reaching the age of majority, Andevai, an incredibly strong cold mage arrives to claim her. Catherine is whisked from the home of the only family she has ever known and married off in a ceremony that binds her to Andevai using unbreakable magic.Read More