{Effie Reviews} Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

Posted May 7, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff


by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #2
Published on September 17th, 2013
by Thomas Dunne Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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Also by this author: Stormdancer, Kinslayer, Endsinger, Stormdancer, Endsinger

The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.

Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized.

Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.

The ghosts of a blood-stained past.

5 Stars

Kinslayer was an amazing sequel to Stormdancer! I loved every single page of it and I can’t believe I waited so long to start reading this trilogy. I loved the lotus war character refresher at the beginning, where we could look in on the characters and see what happened to them or where they were left in Stormdancer.

In Kinslayer we pick up where Stormdancer ended and we are introduced to a whole bunch of new characters as well. And eventhough the story switched constantly from POV, it didn’t bother me in the least bit, I couldn’t stop reading once I started and I loved how we got to see the story of Hana and her brother Yoshi (who’s gay! YAY!), Hana, most especially, I loved her courage and the fire in her to make a chance and stand up against the tiranny of her world, even if she stood at the bottom of the hierarchy, she did make a difference. Then there’s also bad-ass Michi! Who knew, she was turned out to be such a talented spy/actress? I did feel a little pity for Ichizo and what she did to me, but that was nothing compared to the mercy she showed Aisha in the end. Also I absolutely hate Hiro, he’s gone completely insane, I mean seriously gone ape-shit crazy! I hope he finds a bloody and violent death in Endsinger.

As for Yukiko and Buruu, their story I still loved the most and I was a bit disappointed there weren’t more chapters, but all the other stories more than made up for it. Also I cannot believe Jay Kristoff could give us such a twist in the story, concerning Yukiko, I mean like it literally threw me for a second and I was left blinking at the pages and going: “What the fuck just happened.” I mean I did not see that one coming, though it does explain everything going with Yukiko though. As for Buruu, he’s still the awesome thundertiger we all know and love, but we finally get to see the veil of mystery surrounding him, being lifted a little when we meet the other thundertigers, especially Kaiah, thouh not everything is explained yet and I hope it will all be explained in the last book.

So as you can most probably guess, I completely loved this book and now I cannot wait to start Endsinger and see how it all ends. Eventhough I’ve read slivers of other people that the final book will be heartbreaking.


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