Where can I buy Breath of Earth?
Anywhere new books are sold. The book is published by the Voyager imprint of Harper Collins, one of the five biggest publishers in the world. I have handy-dandy buttons below to major online retailers.
Breath of Earth:Amazon Barnes & Noble Powell's Books-A-Million Poisoned Pen Changing Hands Mysterious Galaxy
ebook ASIN (Amazon): B018QM3JAQ
How many books are in the series?
I have a two-book deal, but I need an additional book to wrap up the story. Book sales for Breath of Earth will be the deciding factor there.
Are there audiobooks?
Not at this time. I'll update if I have news.
Can I get your books at my library?
I sure hope so! If your library doesn't carry my books, you can request that they buy them. The result: you might just get to read this steampunk adventure book for free, and I will adore you.
Are you doing a book tour?
I travel when I can! Look at the column on the right side of the screen to see where you can find me in person.
Is this a romance book? Is there anything graphic? What about language?
There is a romantic subplot and some sexual tension. Ingrid is a passionate young woman--and those passions may escalate as the series progresses--but I really am not keen on writing graphic sex scenes. Just not my thing. The profanity is limited to blasphemy, "damn," and some racial slurs in keeping with the time period. Breath of Earth is darker and grittier than my Clockwork Dagger books, and targeted toward more mature teens and adults. That said, the language and romantic content is much milder than that of many YA books these days.
- A bit of banter between Ingrid and Cy is featured at USA Today's Happily Ever After.
Trade reviews for Breath of Earth:
- Locus Magazine offered an overwhelming positive review noting "a strong cast and an unconventional approach to alternate history and magic." Locus also included Breath of Earth on their list of notable books of October 2016.
- NPR.org reviewed Breath of Earth, saying: "Cato's exhaustive research of the time and place gives the book texture and grit, and she hasn't whitewashed what was a very problematic chapter of America's history... It may take place in an alternate universe over a hundred years ago, but it deals with the issues of xenophobia, racism, sexism and anti-immigrant hatred set against a backdrop of perpetual war, a situation that feels familiar today. Rather than taking a soapbox stand, Breath of Earth makes its points as a witty, charming adventure yarn — one that's only as escapist as you want to be."
- Library Journal starred review: "The acclaimed Cato (The Clockwork Dagger) creates an alternate early 20th-century San Francisco of stunning detail. Drawing on the power struggles of the refugees and women’s work, this vivid reality will keep readers intrigued to the very end."
- Book List starred review: "Cato, author of the Clockwork Dagger books, begins a new steampunk fantasy series with supernatural creatures, action-packed adventure, mystery, humor, a touch of romance, and more to come." "The steampunk aspects, along with the mixture of real historical events and timely social issues, will appeal to teens."
- The B&N Scifi & Fantasy Blog: "While the set-pieces are often spectacular and fantastic, the world- building is the real show-stopping effort. This is not just a dirigible ride for the fun of it (though it is fun), but a journey with meaning and purpose."
- RT Book Reviews: "...Her marvelous star is multi-faceted and her co-stars are colorful. Her fantastical fiction is unique and adding historical facts with era-perfect depiction of a bawdy Barbary Coast adds believability."
- Publishers Weekly: "Steampunk author Cato (The Clockwork Dagger) turns to the U.S. in this well-researched and vivid fantasy set in an alternate 1906 San Francisco that’s protected from earthquakes by geomancers.... Cato cleverly brings her colorful Barbary Coast–era San Francisco to life, highlighting the neglected perspectives of the outsiders and the dispossessed who made up the majority of its populace."
- Kirkus: "In a novel that imagines a very alternate history, Cato (The Clockwork Crown, 2015, etc.) channels her flair for steampunk fantasy into the story of a plucky heroine living in San Francisco in 1906…Cato has a talent for setting in motion a cast of smoothly likable characters."
Kind mentions of Breath of Earth
- Included on Barnes & Noble's list of 5 Alternate Histories with Historical Natural Disasters
- Barnes & Noble called out the book (again) as one of their most-loved books in September 2016.
- Included in The Verge's list of best science fiction and fantasy books coming out in August.
- Highlighted by among B&N Bookseller’s Picks: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of August 2016.
- Included on Goodread's 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today.
- Included in Barnes & Noble's SFF Blog's The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Loved in May: "Beth Cato’s debut series, The Clockwork Dagger, established her as an exciting new voice in steampunk, a creator of compelling characters and a builder of fantastic worlds. Her latest novel, Breath of Earth, out later this summer, takes place in an alternate San Francisco in which geomancers keep the San Andreas faultline in check—and institutional sexism and racism keep Ingrid Carmichael from achieving her full magical potential. Cato weaves a compelling tapestry of clashing cultural values, bringing much-needed diversity to the genre."
Guest Blogs About Breath of Earth:
- At Unbound Worlds: Giant Catfish, Magic Crystals: Geomancy in Breath of Earth
- Breath of Earth is put to the Page 69 Test
- Writing Fenris: Why We Need More Trans Heroes in Genre Fiction at The Mary Sue
- John Scalzi's Big Idea: Breath of Earth
- My Favorite Bit: Breath of Earth, with Mary Robinette Kowal
- Kitsune and the Game of Kitsune-Ken for T. Frohock's Folklore Thursday
- 5 Things Beth Cato Learned By Her Third Book at Dan Koboldt's site
- Unlikely Influences: What Beth Cato Learned About Magic by Living Through Earthquakes
- Rewriting the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake at Alternate History Weekly Update
- Geomancy in Breath of Earth at Mighty Thor JRS's SFF Blog
- Researching the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
- Book Bites with Fran Wilde – Shokupan (Milk Loaf Bread) from Beth Cato
- Katherine Harbour's The Awesomeness of... series with: The Awesomeness of Home
- Cookies and a Book: Earl Grey Shortbread and Breath of Earth with Beth Cato
- Breath of Earth Cover Reveal at Tor.com
Interviews about Breath of Earth:
- Interview with File 770
- Breath of Earth release day AMA on r/Fantasy
- Beth Cato faced her fears to level up with third novel, 'Breath of Earth' in the Arizona Republic; interview with Michael Senft
- Lock Up Your Batmans: Interview with Beth Cato at Smashed Picket Fences
- MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape interview on Breath of Earth
- Tuesdays with Lexie: Beth Cato
- A Breath of Earth by Beth Cato: interview with Ingrid Carmichael
- Beth Cato talks changing history and more in ‘Breath of Earth’ with Hypable
- Breath of Earth author Beth Cato talks historic San Fran earthquakes and … foxes? with Sara Dobie Bauer