Stormdancer (Lotus War#1) by Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Pages: 313 (Hardcover)
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.
Wow. I’m utterly blown away with this novel and the rich text that Jay Kristoff has written it in. Buruu is one character that, at many times, holds my attention and puts a smile on my face. This is such a lovely novel that t first, is tough to get into but hard to leave when it’s over.
Stormdancer is written with rich writing and a beautifully done world that I love being in. Unfortunately, the problem with many rich worlds with bounteous description is that the descriptions become irritatingly annoying and I find myself missing simple writing a lot while reading. I’ve never read a novel about Japanese mythology so I find it hard and annoying to have to constantly check out the glossary for every word that I don’t understand (there are many).
Nonetheless, the world building is beautiful, the mythical and majestic Buruu feels more than realistic. Yukiko has an awesome gift that’s different from all the other characters in other books I’ve ever read and although not many people have her gift, I like that she’s not the only one who has it in the story. I also love the relationship between Buruu and Yukiko because it’s well done but I feel like it could have been better since some parts move a little too quickly with their friendship. There’s a lot of action and obstacles that help keep the story interesting and fun.
All in all, this is a great start to a series that I’ll probably read until the very end. And even though most of the characters feel a bit stiff at times, I recommend this to anyone who loves mythology, strong friendships, and a killer heroine.
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