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Spiritwalker Trilogy #01: Cold Magic

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ISBN13: 9780316080859
ISBN10: 0316080853
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From one of the genre's finest writers comes a bold new epic fantasy in which science and magic are locked in a deadly struggle.

It is the dawn of a new age... The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming in the cities. But the old ways do not die easy.

Cat and Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can't be trusted, who can you trust?

Review:

"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, replete with dirigibles, gas lights, and great political and social upheaval. The unpopular cold mages believe that the 'reckless tinkering' of radical scientists and natural historians will destroy society. Irreverent orphan Catherine Hassi Barahal mostly thinks about staying out of trouble and finding out about her mysterious explorer parents, but when a cold mage shows up to collect on an old contract, Cat is forced to marry him and undertake a nightmarish journey across an ice-covered country in which she learns frightening things about the mortal and spirit worlds. After a slow start, Elliott pulls out all the stops in a wildly imaginative narrative that will ring happy bells for fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

From one of the genre's finest writers comes a bold new epic fantasy in which science and magic are locked in a deadly struggle. It is the dawn of a new age, but when the Cold Mages come for Cat, new dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move.

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 the Author

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.

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Deborah J. Ross, October 19, 2011 (view all comments by Deborah J. Ross)
I love it when a book (or in this case, a series) is such a whopping good story, with a world so vivid and characters so engaging that the distinctions between adult and juvenile readerships disappear. In praising this book, I feel as if I'm adding my voice to multitudes or preaching to the choir. Anyone who's read Kate Elliott's other work has experienced her superb world-building. Now we've got a not-quite-Europe, a zesty melange of Phoenicians and Africans -- not the abused, exploited slaves of our world but the worthy inheritors of proud traditions -- a mid-19th Century ice age, magic woven into ice and "cold steel," and people and powers that not even the denizens of this world can guess. Oh, and dirigibles for the steampunk fans. And trolls. Kind, scholarly attorney trolls. From America. Where trolls come from. Delicious!

I have to admit that I found Elliott's last few books too dark and violent for me, but only a few pages into Cold Magic, I knew I was in for a treat. There's action and danger and Things That Go Bump In The Night, but the whole tone is softer and brighter. Much of this is due to the heroine, a smart and resourceful teen daughter of one of the aforementioned contemporary Phoenician families who, without any warning or preparation, finds herself summarily married to a "cold magic" wizard. So, as they say, the adventure begins. The result is captivating and rousing, action and mystery and romance and intrigue. Oh, and sabertooth cats. What more can a reader want?
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sanchezkisser, September 12, 2011 (view all comments by sanchezkisser)
Cold Magic focuses on the events surrounding a young woman, Catherine, in which she is the focus of political intrigue. During these events her eyes will be opened to the variety of circumstances people in her land live in and the social unrest of many. She'll come to terms with the truth that has been kept from her and have to make up her mind to whom to trust in a world during an industrial revolution, old world magic, and princes.
The story is a fast paced adventure of a re-imagining of our world in 1837 based on the effects of the Roman Empire had lasting longer and elemental mages (Air, Fire, Earth, and Water, which for some reason is referred to as Cold) gaining control of land and people. The new world includes new cultural mixes including the Mande/Celtic mix of the Cold mages. Though a fascinating mix, I found the lack of blending into a new cultural self, since it has been many years since the cultural exchange, out of the ordinary. Especially when their ceremonial and cultural clothing is exclusively African and doesn't exhibit elements from both cultures or take into consideration that they live in world of ice and snow. Thankfully though this is a minor issue since the story and characters were more interesting. I will be looking forward to her next installment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316080859
Author:
Elliott, Kate
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
Victorian society; Science; Industrial revolution; Magic; History; Wizards
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
The Spiritwalker Trilogy
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110801
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.5 in 1.07 lb

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Product details 624 pages Orbit - English 9780316080859 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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, replete with dirigibles, gas lights, and great political and social upheaval. The unpopular cold mages believe that the 'reckless tinkering' of radical scientists and natural historians will destroy society. Irreverent orphan Catherine Hassi Barahal mostly thinks about staying out of trouble and finding out about her mysterious explorer parents, but when a cold mage shows up to collect on an old contract, Cat is forced to marry him and undertake a nightmarish journey across an ice-covered country in which she learns frightening things about the mortal and spirit worlds. After a slow start, Elliott pulls out all the stops in a wildly imaginative narrative that will ring happy bells for fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , From one of the genre's finest writers comes a bold new epic fantasy in which science and magic are locked in a deadly struggle. It is the dawn of a new age, but when the Cold Mages come for Cat, new dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move.
"Synopsis" by , 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?

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