Waiting on Wednesday [186] BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE by Rosamund Hodge

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming books that you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. I loved Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty, and it looks like she’s continuing her trend of story retellings. This time she’s tackling Romeo and Juliet:

Bright Smoke Cold FireWhen 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. . . .

Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is a darkly romantic and atmospheric fantasy from acclaimed author Rosamund Hodge. It will be released on September 27th, 2016.


Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge. Releases in September 2016 from Balzer + Bray. Hodge’s writing kind of reminds me of Naomi Novik, and I love the East Indian feel to this story, at least that’s what I’m thinking based on the characters’ names. And a pretty cover doesn’t hurt either!

Let me know what you’re waiting on this week:-)

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Posted February 17, 2016 by Tammy in Waiting on Wednesday / 17 Comments


17 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday [186] BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE by Rosamund Hodge

  1. I’m not sure if I’m going to read this yet. The blurb didn’t quite capture my interest. But the cover is beautiful, though. I hope you enjoy this when it comes out in a few months.

  2. Wow! Okay, I’ll admit, I followed the pretty cover to this post. This sounds really interesting though. I’ll have to add Hodge to my TBR pile! Thanks for the tip!