Waiting on Wednesday : Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which, every week bloggers post about one book release they have been anticipating! Join in the fun!


Title : Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

Author : Rosamund Hodge

Releasing on : 27th September, 2016

Genre : YA Fantasy, Retelling

Goodreads summary

When 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. . .

I think I vaguely remember hearing this author’s name somewhere…but mostly I’m hooked by the summary. I usually don’t read summaries of books nowadays (I like to go into the book blind) but what caught my eye were the words ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’. Then, of course, I had to read the summary and it was so fantastic! I’m definitely adding this book onto my tbr list.


12 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday : Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

  1. I have read one of her other books, Cruel Beauty. Her writing is great and her retellings are VERY unique. I really am not a fan of the story of Romeo and Juliet to begin with. So, I am nnot sure if I’ll read this one. We’ll see.

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    1. Oh yes Cruel Beauty! I was trying too hard to remember that while writing the post but I forgot :P And I too have issues with Romeo and Juliet, but I’m interested to see how she retells the story.

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