Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

Posted December 12, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff


by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #3
Published on January 6th 2015
by Audible
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Length: 21h47m
Source: Audible
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Also by this author: Stormdancer, Kinslayer, Stormdancer, Kinslayer, Endsinger

The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.

There is nothing a mother won't do to keep her children by her side.


4.5 Stars

No spoilers for the whole series, though if you’ve read the blurb, my efforts are wasted. Hah!

I am so exhausted now! That’s what this series is, it’s exhausting! I feel so drained now that I’ve finished it. The Lotus War Trilogy can be very overwhelming with the detailed world building and multiple POV’s and so many plot twists it makes your head spin. It can make you tired because you have to stay up reading because you need to know what happens next! It’ll probably make you cry, laugh, yell and cry some more. But most importantly, this series is so, so very good you absolutely HAVE to read it at least once, because it’s epic.

I’m not going to talk about plot and stuff because I don’t want to give anything away. Let’s just say that this book is on the scale of Lord of the Rings 3 times one thousand. Yes, it’s like that. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been and when I started this book I was scared to finish it. I’d heard a lot of things from friends about it (good things, but still scary) and it’s such a long book! My ebook version is 505 pages. The audiobook is more than 20 hours long. The other two book were that long too and that’s part of why this series was so exhausting to me. There’s so much that happens and so many plot twists and it’s all so important! But I can’t say it’s ever really boring. This last book felt very long to me though, but that’s maybe because it was the audiobook and I read faster than the narrator does so it felt very slow to me. I did like the narrator a lot though, great choice for this book!

What can I say more that I haven’t already said? Yukiko and Buruu are awesome as always. I love those two with all my heart and they kick some serious ass in this book. I won’t say anything about the other characters because of spoilers but I loved them all. Except the bad guys. The ending is epic. Is it a happy ending? Weeeell…. yes and no. Read it and you’ll understand. This is a major spoiler for the end of the series so read at your own risk: View Spoiler »

Even though this series is long and draining, I’d gladly read it again if I’m in the mood for a high fantasy/dystopian series set in Japan. The Lotus War trilogy is epic wrapped up in awesomeness and I recommend it to every single one of you. A must read for sure.


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