Thursday, August 9, 2018

Book Review: Endless Water, Starless Sky (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #2) by: Rosamund Hodge

Release Date: July 24, 2018
from Balzer + Bray
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"In the last days of the world, the walls of Viyara are still falling, and the dead are rising faster than ever.

Juliet is trapped—ordered by Lord Ineo of the Mahyanai to sacrifice the remaining members of her family, the Catresou, to stave off the end of the world. Though they’re certain his plan is useless, Juliet and her former friend Runajo must comply with Lord Ineo’s wishes—unless they can discover a different, darker path to protecting Viyara.

Romeo is tortured: finally aware that his true love is alive, he is at once elated and devastated, for his actions led directly to the destruction of her clan. The only way to redemption is to offer his life to the Catresou to protect and support them . . . even if it means dying to do so.

When Romeo’s and Juliet’s paths converge once again, only a journey into Death will offer answers and the key to saving them all—but is it a journey either of them will survive?"

My Thoughts:

With the ending to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire I had been dying to get my hands on this one and this turned out to be a solid conclusion. This book has a great cast of characters with so many intertwined relationships.

The angst in this book is real! Romeo and Juliet are both fighting on opposite sides of a war and neither ever seems to realize what the other is up to. Waiting for them to run into one another was torture. But I kinda loved that push and pull. I also love how complicated and intertwined the relationships are and that the friendships are just as important (if not more so) than the romantic ones. Nothing is ever easy and things always have to be earned. It would help if they would work together instead of constantly trying to protect one another, but at the same time you can really see how much these characters care for one another.

My favorite of them all is definitely Juliet. She is so strong and determined and she will protect those she cares for at all costs. She’s also willing to sacrifice a lot to save those she cares for. I also love that she can be a bit unlikable at times. Her flaws make her great. Honestly every single character in this book is flawed and I love them all more because of that.

Rosamund Hodge really knows how to take a story we know and add that fantasy twist. She creates a bloody world here but the writing is so good and immerses you in their weird and bloody world. This book is definitely a slow build, but it builds to something great. 

All in all, this was a good conclusion to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire and even though it took me a while to get through, I really savored this one.

3 comments:

  1. I remember the first book was told from the perspective of the friends, is that no longer the case?

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    1. They still have POVs but Romeo and Juliet get much more POV time for this one.

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  2. Glad to learn this offered a solid conclusion. I've been curious about the duology as I enjoy retellings.

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