Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Posted October 5, 2016 | 25 Comments

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund HodgeBright Smoke, Cold Fire
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 448
Source: Publisher

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 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 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 just 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. . . .

What a crazy unique book! Rosamund Hodge is a must-read author for me. She always writes twisted and imaginative stories! Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is inspired by Romeo and Juliet, but it is definitely its own thing.

I would say this is Hodge’s darkest book yet, and I’m totally okay with that. In fact, that’s something I love about it. I mean, c’mon, there’s necromancers, magic, human sacrifices, and vengeance! Swoon.

Seriously, though, it can be pretty brutal in this world. I found the whole mythology dealing with Death and the dead really interesting. I love how it’s told mostly from Paris and Runajo’s perspective, leaving Romeo and Juliet as vital secondary characters. The twists on these characters is really creative. This is one Juliet not to be trifled with.

There were some parts that felt a little slow, but the action, suspense, and dash of humor totally made up for it. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting the cliffhanger, though. I assumed it would be a standalone like the rest of her books, but it seems it will be a duology. Wha-wha.

Overall, I enjoyed this twisted dark tale, and look forward to what’s coming next.



25 responses to “Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

  1. I’m so intrigued by this one Christy! I didn’t know it was going to be a duology though, so I’m going to wait and see how book two is received before I dive in. I need my books/series to end well, and given how good she is at dark, it’s highly probable that bad, bad things could happen and I won’t be able to deal with them 😉

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  2. I don’t know what to think of this one, but I have struggled a bit with this author. I want to read it but I don’t! ARGH what to do.

  3. Ooh human sacrifices lol. I knew that cover had a cultist type feel , with all those people in white standing around. 🙂 I originally thought this was a Romeo and Juliet retelling- yawn- but it sounds like a lot more than that. Nice review, I’ll have to pick this one up.

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  4. Would you believe me if I told you I haven’t read Rosalind Hodge yet? It’s true! And I don’t know why, as it seems like I would really enjoy her writing. I love Romeo and Juliet, but I’m not sure a re-telling would work 100% for me… I will wait and see.
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.

  5. Thanks for the heads up on the duology!!! I CAN do those, especially if I know going in. Since you totally approve this one and I already love this author, it’s a totally done deal. Before I read your review, I kind of had this on the back burner, just hoping to get to it. It’s going up the pile to the top. Your review made the synopsis make sense 🙂

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