Cold Magic (Delete (Spiritwalker))
by Kate Elliott
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841498812
Date: 02 September 2010 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Writing under both her real name of Alis A. Rasmussen and under the pen name of Kate Elliot, here is an author who, with around twenty published novels under her belt, is still right at the top of her game.
Cold Magic is the opener in Elliott's brand new Spiritwalker trilogy and this typically substantial and solid tome looks to be a absolute cracker - a 'fabulous fantasy adventure with a Victorian-era feel' published in trade paperback by Orbit UK. (Also published in the US by Orbit, released a week later.)
"As they approach adulthood, Cat Barahal and her cousin Bee think they understand the society they live in and their place within it. At a select academy they study new airship technologies and the dawning Industrial Revolution, but magical forces still rule. And the cousins are about to discover the full ruthlessness of this rule. Drawn into a labyrinth of politics involving blood and old feuds, Cat is betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful Cold Mage. As she is carried away to live a new life, fresh dangers threaten her every move and secrets form a language she cannot read. At least, not yet. But both cousins carry their own hidden gifts and these will shape great changes to come. For in the depths of this treacherous world, the Wild Hunt stirs in darkness and dragons are waking from their sleep."