Arc Review – Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge


September 23, 2016 by ceresbooksworld

bright smoke cold fire


Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Book one in the series

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: September 27th, 2016

Source: eArc from the publisher

Rating: 4 hearts




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. . .


This book is a very original retelling of Romeo and Juliet, the unconditional love between Romeo and Juliet is present and their love is really beautiful and perfect. There is also the hate between their families, the fighting and there is more.

The book is told from Paris and Runajo POV, not from Juliet or Romeo but they are the central characters of the story. Without them, there will be no book mostly because they are great characters.

The story is separated, one part with Paris and Romeo who will try to stop the necromancer and the second with Runajo and Juliet who will try to save the world. Yes, the world is dying, dead people are trying to take the city.

Juliet is strong, she’s born to avenge death and kill guilty people, and she’s also born to hate Romeo’s family. She’s strong, independent and she’s trying to think by herself, but sadly she’s only a slave for her family. I like her very much, I like her love for Romeo and I like her strength even if sometimes she’s too stubborn for her own good.

Runajo is a character I don’t like so much, she’s not nice, she’s not cruel either but I don’t like her way of thinking. She’s lonely and she’s engaged in the sisterhood to save the city. She doesn’t always obey and the only thing I like about her is her strength, because when she suffers, she has some dignity. I don’t like how she treats Juliet and Romeo and the other sisters. In the end, she’s made a mistake and even then, she doesn’t admit it.

Romeo is kind, he loves Juliet and when things happened, he is so sad that he wants to die. It’s important for him to continue Juliet’s mission even if he must die for it. I like how the relation between him and Paris evolved.

Paris is a good guy, he is true and real, he wants to stop the necromancer and save the city but he doesn’t want to kill innocent people for that. I like him, he’s sweet and he evolves in the book, mostly her feelings about his family.

This book was very interesting and attractive, I had a great time reading it and I <ill read the second book because I want to see where Rosamund Hodge will go. It’s the first book from her that I read and I will probably try the others. I like her writing style and even if there is a character I don’t like, she created them very well.

About the author

Rosamund Hodge grew up as a homeschooler in Los Angeles, where she spent her time reading everything she could get her hands on, but especially fantasy and mythology. She received a BA in English from the University of Dallas and an MSt in medieval English from Oxford. She now lives in Seattle, Washington, with seven toy cats and a plush Cthulhu. She is also the author of Cruel Beauty, Gilded Ashes, and Crimson Bound. Visit her online at


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One thought on “Arc Review – Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

  1. I’ve been seeing some pretty mixed reviews for this one so I’m so glad to see you like it! It’s been one of my anticipated reads for this month and yet I haven’t managed to pick it up yet.

    I also haven’t read anything else by Hodge yet but they’re also on my TBR!

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