Book Review: Cold Magic

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Title: Cold Magic (Spiritwalker #1)
Author: Kate Elliott
Origins: My Local Library
Summary: [from GoodReads] 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.

“I was not a bard or a djeli or an historian or a scribe and I was certainly not a sage, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t curious…”

Young Cat Barahal thinks she understands the world she lives in and her place in it, but in fact she is merely poised, unaware, on the brink of shattering events. Drawn into a labyrinth of politics involving blood, betrayal and old feuds, she will be forced to make an unexpected and perilous journey in order to discover the truth, not just about her own family but about an ancient secret lying at the heart of her world.

Cat and her cousin 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?

My Review: I wanted to love this book, I really did. For one thing, it’s Steampunk, one of my absolute favorite genres. For another, the symbolism of the story sounded very interesting! But for some reason my reading dragged through this one.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book. There were many very interesting parts that caught my attention. The plot was twisted and complicated satisfying my liking for the mysterious. The setting had all the elements of the steampunk that I love, and furthermore came at it from the fantasy side of things (Fantasy + Victorian trappings instead of Victorian era + Magic) which I have only seen once before and have found very intriguing. 

I also really liked the main character. Cat is feisty, smart and slightly rebellious. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. All the same, I soon found myself rooting for her captor Andevai! It was easy to tell he was being forced into this same as her and I felt sorry for him. I wanted him to be redeemed, wanted her to really fall for him.

In the end, I guess I’d say this is a decent book, but those looking to pick it up should be aware that it’s not an easy read. It takes a lot of concentration and time, and the reader should be ready for that.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Cold Magic”

  1. Julie says:

    Not really into books that take concentration. I mean, I don't mind them once in awhile. Why did it drag? The story sounds cool and the cover is fun. Too bad you trouble with this one.

  2. Anne says:

    I don't know why it dragged, that's the thing. I think if I had to guess I'd say that it was because there was a lot of description going on, but I'd also say that description was necessary to create the wonderfully diverse world, so I don't know if I can really blame it on that.

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