{Effie Reviews} Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Posted May 5, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff


by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #1
Published on August 21st, 2012
by Thomas Dunne Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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Also by this author: Stormdancer, Kinslayer, Endsinger, Kinslayer, Endsinger

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.

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.

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.

4 Stars

Stormdancer suprised me with it’s intriguing storyline of a young girl named Yukiko, who has a gift of speaking with animals, becoming telephatically bonded with an arashitora (Griffin), after she and her father were ordered by the Shogun to capture one and becoming a major player in a war soon to come to her country, Shima.

Honestly I love how Jay Kristoff wove his story using Japanese mythology and culture. It was incredible. I’ve always had an interest in Japanese culture, but until now I’ve never actually read a book that incorporated it so well, including the mythology of the Gods.

To avoid spoilers I won’t go too much into the story, but I just love Jay Kristoff’s writing style and the way he drops those plot twists of his, I did not see most of those coming, if this is how the other books are, I’m gonna be in for an exciting ride.

As for the characters, I did like Yukiko, but I’m also hoping that she’ll grow in the next two books, because in the first 50% orso of the book, she was a bit annoying to me but after that half-way mark, she became a bit more mature, but I think that was mostly Buruu’s influence. Now Buruu on the other hand, god how I love him!!! He’s just an awesome Griffin and I like the way he thinks, his conversations with Yukiko, often had me laughing my ass off. I also liked Masaru, despite his issues, he seems like a really good man. And there’s also Akihito and Kasumi, but they didn’t get to play a large part of the story, I still liked them though. And as for Kin, I don’t know I’m not feeling any love for him, but I’m hoping that’ll change in the sequels. As for the evil guys, well duh, of course I hate Yoritomo, but I think the Guild is even worse and I can’t wait to discover what they plan to do now.

All in all, I really like Stormdancer and I’m excited to read Kinslayer next.


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