Blood of Earth Trilogy FAQ, Reviews, & More


Where can I buy Breath of Earth and Call of Fire?

Anywhere new books are sold. The books are 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

ISBN: 978-0062422064

ebook ASIN (Amazon): B018QM3JAQ

Call of Fire:

Amazon Barnes & Noble Powell's Books-A-Million Poisoned Pen Changing Hands Mysterious Galaxy


ISBN: 978-0062422118

ebook ASIN (Amazon): B01N66GYTX


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! They are carried at hundreds of libraries around the world, in print and in ebook. If your library doesn't carry my books, you can request that they buy them.


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.


Are these romance book? Is there anything graphic? What about language?

Kissing book

There is a romantic subplot and some sexual tension. Ingrid is a passionate young woman--and those passions do 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 begins a series that 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.



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.
  • 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."

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