Breath of Earth

Breath of Earth

by Beth Cato


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ISBN-13: 9780062422064
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Series: Blood of Earth Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 525,366
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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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Breath of Earth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, but this is my first steampunk read. Cato does a great job with character and plot developement. She captures the flavor of the early 19th century very well. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.
BrookeJohnson More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect blend of steampunk and fantasy, with unique, well-thought-out world-building on both sides of the two genres, and wonderfully memorable, lovable characters (Hell-o Mr. Jennings...). I would rank BREATH OF EARTH as a must-read staple of the growing steampunk genre. It's amazing. Read it. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not always as fond of Steampunk as a genre. The authors tend to focus on “cool alternate toys I can imagine” and forget about story. Imaginary technology bores me without an amazing plot and characters I can identify with and cheer for. Breath of Earth has complex characters and plot in abundance. I don’t know which I liked better – the wonderfully diverse and rich characters or the non-stop excitement of the story. The setting is alternate history San Francisco on the eave of the 1906 great earthquake. But this is an America which is ruled by Japanese and Americans and where the magic of geomancers keeps stability in the world. The instability of world affairs, including brutal wars in India and China, sets the stage for the complicated interweaving of the plot. Ingrid Carmichael, our delightful main character, is a strong woman of magic in a patriarchal society that doesn’t believe women can be geomancers. Her mentor and second father Mr. Sakaguchi helps her hide her powers. But her world literally explodes around her when someone targets the of Earth Warden’s Auxiliary. She saves Mr. Sakaguchi, but he is wounded as they are targeted by assassins. With the help of handsome airship pilot Cypress Jennings (romance – yeah!) and his mechanic Fenris, Ingrid must save her mentor, find out who is targeting geomancers and try to prevent the world from literally shaking apart at the seams. The story’s non-stop action turns even more frantic when Ingrid realizes that instead of the solution, she may just be the problem. And that is a very quick and dirty summary which leaves out most of the plot-lines and twists. Between the lively characters, the unabashed use of magic and interwoven plot this was a stay-up-past-your-bedtime read. An instant favorite on my bookshelf, I will happily reread Breath of Earth many times.