CALL OF FIRE
Cato’s second in her Breath of Earth trilogy is a powerful, fast-paced, entertaining enigma, a fantastic melding of alternate history and urban fantasy with a definite taste of steampunk thrown in. Memorable costars, a protagonist with real star power, picturesque scenes and her use of mythical Asian creatures, plus flowing dialogue, make it a real page-turner. A short recap would be beneficial. This series should be read in order.
Following the catastrophic earthquake that killed millions in San Francisco, rare female geomancer Ingrid Carmichael and her surviving companions flee to the Pacific Northwest. Ingrid needs answers about her abilities to be able to stop the ambassador to the United-Pacific (a governing alliance between America and Japan) from using their powers to rule the world. But even if they survive the deadly obstacles facing them, there’s still no guarantee that they’ll win against this powerful enemy. (HARPER VOYAGER, Aug., 416 pp., $14.99)