Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cold Magic by Kate Elliott (thoughts)

Can I just start off by saying that I loved this book? Cold Magic is just one of those books that grabbed me and didn't let go. Filled with twists and turns, I was utterly entralled throughout the story and now all I want is more.

This is the story of Cat and Bee, two young women going to college and living during The Industrial Revolution where the story is set. But there is magic in this world, cold magic, and before they know it they are ripped away from each other and the only lives that they have ever known by cold mages. Their lives are turned upside down and danger is lurking around every corner. The question remains, who can they trust?

I can do nothing but sing this book's praises. The world that the girls' live in is fantastically described, and I was caught up within the pages of the story instantly. The storyline itself was fast paced and filled with surprises. There were a couple of times where I was reading (thinking I knew what was going to happen next) and just had the rug pulled out from underneath me. It took my breath away and all of a sudden I was frantically reading the pages as fast as I could trying to see what was going to happen next. I loved it. I loved the experience of reading this book, never really knowing what was going to happen next, and just going along for the ride that the author was taking me on. It was an amazing journey as this book was a chunkster at a little over 500 pages. And the characters were great as well. Both Cat and Bee were well fleshed out characters and even though this was mostly Cat's journey, I still grew to care about what happened to both characters. I also liked that this book was filled with different types of characters like trolls, cold mages, and an eru. It helped to make the story that much more interesting. I'm pretty sure that I don't have a single complaint with this book. All in all, this is a book that I am still thinking about after finishing a couple days later and one that I would highly recommend. All I have to say is Ms. Elliott, would you please write fast...I cannot wait for book 2 in this trilogy!!

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Orbit Books...I'm pretty sure that I love them now after reading this book :) And of course this is my honest opinion.


  1. Sounds like a book I need to put on my tbr list. Thanks, Shari

  2. This does sound good, Sam! what an interesting setting to tell this particular tale in! Thanks for the great review.

  3. I'm in love with your review and really think I need to read a steam punk book...I'm liking this one!!

  4. Sounds fantastic!
    I love it when I'm reading the pages faster and faster to see what happens next.


  5. Shari- If you enjoy fantasy then this is a must read in my opinion. I just loved it!

    Literary Feline- It was definitely an interesting setting and I loved the world building. The author made the setting of the story come to life!

    Staci- This is such a good read...I can't recommend it enough :)

    Naida- I love it when I am turning the pages as fast as possible...it is a sign of a great read!

  6. Thanks for the intro to this book, it sounds good. It's on my wishlist now!

  7. Yet another book to add to my TBR pile, I think! Great review :)

  8. Sharon- Hope you end up enjoying this one as much as I did!

    Nikki Ann- Thanks and hope you get the chance to read it soon!


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