Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund HodgeBright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

byRosamund Hodge

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

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Sabriel meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning and atmospheric novel—the first in a duology—from the author of Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound.

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou, share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on the Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding the Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo only wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

Rosamund Hodge received a B.A. in English at the University of Dallas, and an M.St. in Medieval English at Oxford. Hodge has loved writing all her life and in 2014 she got to publish her first novel with HarperCollins. She is the author of Cruel Beauty, Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella, Crimson Bound, and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire al...
Title:Bright Smoke, Cold FireFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062369415

ISBN - 13:9780062369413


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This was my first time reading this author, so I didn't have anything to base myself off of when I started this book. For what it was, it was okay. A supposed twist on the Romeo and Juliet story, the only thing I found to be common were character names and the fact that the families are feuding. That's it. Love the whole magic part of it, but the story as a whole was a little too detailed for me. Some unexpected developments, but nothing majorly shocking.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best.. Rosamund Hodge has had much greater success with her first two books. This book definitely did not reach my expectations. Cruel Beauty is one of my favourite books, but with her third novel she definitely went wrong. This story is complicated and highly detailed to the point where it gets very dry. I was very disappointed. I had hoped for so much more from an author that has produced great stories in the past.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 448 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 0 Just a fair warning: I’m pretty sure I only made it to chapter 7 in this book (though I could have made it further than that), so it is your decision whether you want to trust my opinion. (I also skimmed ahead, but I don’t really count that as reading) When I first heard about Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, I didn’t really understand what this book was about. I knew it had something to do with Romeo and Juliet, but that was pretty much it. I also knew that I had loved Rosamund Hodge’s other two books; Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound (I would direct you to my reviews, but they are not my finest work). Before book blogging, I had had two auto-buy authors in my life (one of them is still one of my auto-buy authors). I now have a total of 3 auto-buy authors: Kiersten White, Renee Ahdieh, and Rosamund Hodge. The only reason I can think of for why I bought this book is that I needed and wanted to read more books from Rosamund Hodge. Before you read on, just know this book doesn’t change that. I think that even the world’s best writer would not have been able to pull this off. Let’s start with the major issue with this book; the concept itself. This idea and the world are simply too convoluted to be properly executed. Hodge tries to explain this world to us, but we either end up losing details, or Hodge’s beautiful writing in the process. There was too much lore that came with this concept for everything to be properly explained without this book being incredibly boring. Which brings me to my next point; this book was boring. There was so much detail that it read like a textbook and the characters fell flat. The characters were basically emotionless life forms that we were somehow supposed to care about, all while they moved whatever the plot was along. I hated the ending of Romeo and Juliet, but as a whole I didn’t mind it (granted the last time I read it, I was 12 years old). I feel like this story probably would have been better if it had stayed closer to the plot of the play. Also, for those people confused about who this Runajo girl is, I’m fairly certain that she is supposed to be Rosaline. Overall, Rosamund Hodge bit off more than she could chew with this concept, leading to a DNF from me. Side note: my copy of this book is probably the worst book quality wise I have ever owned. The dust jacket is way too big for the book and the actual book has dried glue visible everywhere. It looks like a 13 year old made it for an art project, rather than a professional publisher.
Date published: 2016-10-10

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