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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Call of Fire begins the morning after Blood of Earth. The earthquake that nearly killed Ingrid and destroyed much of San Francisco has the crew of the Palmetto Bug fleeing north in the aftermath of the battle with her Ingrid's own father. In Seattle, the group attempts to regroup and heal with the help Ambassador Theodore Roosevelt. Ingrid searches for any hint of her father's past and her own, unknown, history and stay one step ahead of her enemy, Ambassador Blum. Relationships change and deepen. Secrets are revealed and new mysteries unfold as the five friends attempt to evade capture and retain their freedom in a world spiraling towards madness. Absolutely fantastic read. This book is definitely worth every one of its five stars. I had trouble putting it down, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Beth Cato has continued to flesh out a steampunk story that seems to effortlessly blend in actual history with an alternate reality. A world that utilizes earth energy to power engines, aircraft and tanks. A world where those who hold the power to harness this energy are at risk to be pawns in the quest for national and world domination. Her characters are multi dimensional, authentic, smart and creative yet still very much human with torn loyalties and vulnerabilities. I have very much enjoyed learning about this world and am looking forward to the next two novels.
Call of Fire is the second book in the Blood of Earth series. Breath of Earth takes place in 1906 before the famous San Francisco earthquake. Except this fantasy takes an alternative history twist to include geomancers (people who can absorb the Earth's energy, then transfer that energy into gems that can store the power and be used like a battery). This second installment picks up where Breath of Earth leaves off. Ingrid teams up with Cy and Fenris to stop the United Pacific's attempts to destroy an entire culture and history. Some spoilers discussed below: *** The magic set up and historical backdrop are perfect for my tastes in reading as well as, not gonna lie, the romance factor. Cy was the perfect blend of sweet and romance shy that hooks me every time. Well, written and realistic love is a major bonus for any fantasy--and this book didn't disappoint! The love scene (if I had to rate it on heat level--sweet, sexy, hot, or explicit--, I'd say it fell under sweet) had echoes of Diana Gabaldon's love scenes. Where the characters have intimate moments that ring true to the awkwardness of the situation (and with a somewhat shy hero). In addition to the emerging romance, I felt the side characters are given much more personality and layers. It's more of a build on the strong foundation that was set up in book one. Overall a good read. If you like alternate history fantasy, you've found your next binge!