Waiting on Wednesday (74): Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

by Rosamund Hodge
Release Date:  September 27, 2016
Published by Balzer + Bray

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. . . (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)


I’m a bit confused with this synopsis, but I’m VERY intrigued. It sounds SUPER COOL.

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I’ll try to stop by your blog! 


  1. Micheline D

    June 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I'm a little confused by the synopsis too but it sounds promising! This is a new-to-me title, I didn't know Hodge had another book coming out. I hope this delivers for you Andrea^^ xx

  2. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    June 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I have this one from Edelweiss and I'm excited to get to it (although because I went crazy on the eArc requests since I wasn't used to getting approved for all the things, I'm trying my best to read them in order of their release date so that I'm reviewing them in a timely manner- I have a spreadsheet that would make you proud).

  3. Cafinated Reads

    June 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    New follower via Bloglovin' and GFC here. This one sounds….well….interesting! My Waiting On Wednesday is here, if you'd like to stop by!

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