Series:  Cold Magic  |  Cold Fire  |   Cold Steel
Cold Magic

Young Cat Barahal thinks she understands the world she lives in and her place in it. She lives with her aunt and uncle and cousins, and is best of friends with her beloved cousin Beatrice (Bee). The two young women attend the local academy in the city of Adurnam.

Unexpectedly drawn into a labyrinth of politics involving blood, betrayal, and old feuds, she's about to find out that most of what she thinks she knows is very, very wrong.

And she's going to have to make a run for her life if she wants to discover the truth, not just about her own family but about an ancient secret lying at the heart of her world.

Read an excerpt from COLD MAGIC.


"The whole cold magic concept got me shivering...I don't think I've ever run across anything like it..." - Elizabeth Moon, Nebula Award-winning author of The Speed of Dark

"This book had me hooked from the first page... Add in the warped history and languages, characters I wish I knew personally, and a way with words I haven’t had the pleasure of reading since Steven Erikson, and Kate Elliott is now a contender for one of my favourite authors." - Fantasy Book Review

"The world may end in ice, but this series has only begun and Elliott is just warming up showing us these characters and this world." - SF Signal

"This is it! This is why we read! To get the sensations and feelings this book is making me feel!" -Lurv a la Mode


Publishers Weekly:

"Elliott pulls out all the stops in a wildly imaginative narrative that will ring happy bells for fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy."

BONUS! You can purchase color prints of two fabulous pieces of art by Hugo-award-winning Julie Dillon
"Amazons" and "Dragon" (based on scenes from Cold Steel, Spiritwalker #3) at her INPRNT shop.

Audio Books Version (by Recorded Books).

  RT Rating 
"Of all the alternate history fantasies published in the last few years, this one may just be this reviewer's favorite."
Romantic Times Book Reviews


"I also found some paragraphs of the novel so powerful and emotional that even on their fourth recent reading, they still moved me a lot and I definitely see Cold Magic and its sequels as books I will treasure and reread for a long time. And there is a lot action too, ranging from daring escapes, to encounters with magical creatures, duels and even small battles with and without magic."
Fantasy Book Critic

"I haven't been this excited about a traditional fantasy novel since Kushiel's Dart."
Dear Author

"Cold Magic is a captivating mix of high fantasy, steampunk, romance, alternative history, mythical creatures, mysteries, epic betrayals, and adventure - all surrounded by a wall of ice. If you feel a little intimidated by the mix don't worry - Kate Elliot is an excellent story teller (she's been one of my favorite fantasy authors for years) and her main heroine Cat quickly draws you into the story"
Darkly Reading




Cold Magic  |  Cold Fire  |  Cold Steel

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Read an excerpt.