Title: Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: 9/18/2012
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The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.
A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
Finally finished reading Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. *whew* What a really phenomenal book! Can’t wait for the rest of the Lotus Wars series to come out.
As the quote on the cover says Stormdancer is a Japanese Steampunk. But even if you’re not a fan of steampunk, don’t let that keep you from picking this one up. While reading, I did realize the Steampunk elements are there, but they are so well woven into the rest of the story that they don’t become overbearing. As for the Japanese portions there is a glossary in the back for the less well explained terms. However, most phrases and terms that are used are also described within the pages themselves so I didn’t feel a need to check the glossary.
I will admit that it took me a bit to really get into the story. I really didn’t become attached until a few chapters in. But like the Lotus smoke in the book, the story itself slowly crept into my head. Before I knew it I couldn’t put the book down and just had to see what happened to Yukiko and Buruu. I even became attached to some of the supporting characters and I can’t wait to see if they will be in the next book in the series. Also the author turned the land of Shima itself into a character. The descriptions were amazing. I could picture the desolation and grimness of the city and the lotus fields, yet at the same time see the beauty of the Iishi.
This isn’t a romance. This novel is action and adventure through and through. I definitely recommend it for fantasy fans out there. I give it 5 out of 5 controllers. Even with the slow start, it turned into an amazing book!
5 out of 5 Controllers
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