Today on my blog I have a Blog Tour Review for Cold Fire (Shakespeare’s Moon Act II) by James Hartley, do make sure you scroll on down as there is a giveaway too!! Good luck all!
Set in the magical boarding school of St Francis’, Cold Fire centres around a group of teenagers who become involved in the tale of Romeo and Juliet in this contemporary re-telling of the classic story. Meanwhile, four hundred years earlier, a young teacher from Stratford Upon Avon arrives at the school. His name is Will… From the author of The Invisible Hand comes the second book in the spellbinding Shakespeare´s Moon series.
James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.
His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.
He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.
James lives in Madrid, Spain, with his wife and two children.
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I loved The Invisible Hand (Act I) (review here) so much so that I really really wanted to read the next instalment. These can be read as a standalone, some of the characters are the same, but you learn nothing of their history in the other books. I quite liked it this way.
In Act II there really are too many character’s to mention. The 2 that stood out the most for me was The Master, he is in the past and the present, so I’m not quite sure what his part is in all of this yet but I’m hoping I shall find out in the next books. There is of course, the man himself, Will Shakespeare. Who starts to teach at the school in the past. He has just wrote Romeo and Juliet and it is based on the star crossed lovers that found themselves with some help. I love the way these books flow between the past and the present, it just works.
Everything was quite fast paced in this book and didn’t dilly dally like some I’ve read in the past. I prefer books, where the authors have just got stuck in and keeps you gripped from beginning to end. Although I know this isn’t the end as there are still so many Shakespeare plays to get through.
I do feel that this series has quite a supernatural feel to it and I really hope it all ties together, obviously I can’t say too much as I really don’t want there to be any spoilers. All I can say is, read them both!!! I’m giving Cold Fire a well deserved 4/5 rating. Keep them coming James!
Please do make sure you go and check out the other blogs on this tour. Below are the blogs and dates that their posts will go live! Good luck with the giveaway!