Call of Fire

Call of Fire

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A resourceful young heroine must protect the world from her enemies-and her own power-in this thrilling sequel to the acclaimed Breath of Earth, an imaginative blend of alternative history, fantasy, science, magic, and adventure. When an earthquake devastates San Francisco in an alternate 1906, the influx of geomantic energy nearly consumes Ingrid Carmichael. Bruised but alive, the young geomancer flees the city with her friends, Cy, Lee, and Fenris. She is desperate to escape Ambassador Blum, the cunning and dangerous bureaucrat who wants to use Ingrid's formidable powers to help the Unified Pacific-the confederation of the United States and Japan-achieve world domination. To stop them, Ingrid must learn more about the god-like magic she inherited from her estranged father-the man who set off the quake that obliterated San Francisco. When Lee and Fenris are kidnapped in Portland, Ingrid and Cy are forced to ally themselves with another ambassador from the Unified Pacific: the powerful and mysterious Theodore Roosevelt. But even TR's influence may not be enough to save them when they reach Seattle, where the magnificent peak of Mount Rainier looms.
Discovering more about herself and her abilities, Ingrid is all too aware that she may prove to be the fuse to light the long-dormant volcano ...and a war that will sweep the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 24mm | 301g
  • Harper Voyager
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062422111
  • 9780062422118
  • 1,031,060

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THE ENTHRALLING SEQUEL TO BREATH OF EARTH

After an earthquake devastates San Francisco in 1906, young geomancer Ingrid Carmichael and her friends Cy, Lee, and Fenris are forced to flee the city.

Bruised but alive, and haunted by the knowledge that the earthquake was caused by her own father, Ingrid is desperate to escape Ambassador Blum, the cunning and dangerous bureaucrat who wants to use her formidable powers to help the Unified Pacific--the confederation of the United States and Japan--achieve world domination.

To stop them, Ingrid must learn more about the godlike magic she inherited from her estranged father's family. But the more she discovers about her powers, the more she understands that the geomantic energy she wields could destroy her just as easily as it destroyed San Francisco.

And Ingrid is not the only one with sought-after abilities. As the foursome race to find answers in Seattle, they must dodge not only Ambassador Blum, but also the various factions that would use Cy and Lee for their own political gain. And all the while, Mount Rainier looms in the distance, reminding Ingrid that she may prove to be the fuse to light the long-dormant volcano . . . and a war that will sweep the world.
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"A gritty, imaginative, and unforgettable read." -- Library Journal (starred review) "Cato brings increased nuance and skilled characterization to her second Blood of Earth historical fantasy...[she] ably juggles historical fact and fantastical elements to create an alternate 1900s America as finely adorned with Asiatic touches as the modified kimono that Ingrid wears." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A powerful, fast-paced, entertaining enigma, a fantastic melding of alternate history and urban fantasy with a definite taste of steampunk thrown in. Memorable costars, a protagonist with real star power, picturesque scenes and her use of mythical Asian creatures, plus flowing dialogue, make it a real page-turner." -- RT Book Reviews "The plot moves briskly...and while the book builds on the complicated world of this alternate history, it remains simple, entertaining, and difficult to put down. Cato's skill at creating engaging characters shines throughout." -- Kirkus Reviews "The acclaimed Cato creates an alternate early 20th-century San Francisco of stunning detail. Drawing on the power struggles of the refugees and women's work, this vivid reality will keep readers intrigued to the very end." -- Library Journal (starred review) on Breath of Earth "Cato, author of the Clockwork Dagger books, begins a new steampunk fantasy series with supernatural creatures, action-packed adventure, mystery, humor, a touch of romance, and more to come." -- Booklist (starred review) on Breath of Earth "With an interesting mix of steampunk, alternate history and urban fantasy, this mystery and slow-building romance - first in Cato's new series - is excitingly different. Her marvelous star is multi-faceted and her co-stars are colorful. Her fantastical fiction is unique." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews on Breath of Earth
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About Beth Cato

Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair outside of Phoenix, Arizona. She is the author of The Clockwork Dagger and The Clockwork Crown. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham. You can follow her on Twitter @bethcato.
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237 ratings
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4 51% (120)
3 22% (51)
2 2% (5)
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