Review: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

Posted December 11, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff


by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #2
Published on September 17th 2013
by Thomas Dunne Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Stormdancer, Endsinger, Stormdancer, Kinslayer, 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.

4.5 Stars

Since this is a sequel, it’ll be a shorter review and I’ll keep it spoiler free for both books!

Kinslayer starts where Stormdancer left us. There is this handy list thingy that pretty much lists all the most important characters and where they were at the end of Stormdancer. I really liked that because it’s been a while since I read that first book and I didn’t really remember where all those people were. So that was greatly appreciated.

My main problem with Stormdancer was that it was hard to get into due to the detailed world building. It was really hard! Now, in this second book I didn’t have that problem as much. Sure, there are new places we visit, but I knew most of the world already. That made it easier for me to get sucked into the story.

Speaking of the story… There is so much going on in this book! In the last book it was the world building that overwhelmed me, in this book it’s the multiple POV’s without a real indication as to who we’re following at the beginning of each chapter. Sometimes it was a bit confusing and sometimes downright annoying when Yukiko and Buruu’s chapter ended with a major cliffhanger and the next three to four are about other people that I don’t really care about at that moment. I want to know what happens to Yukiko and Buruu! Yeah, sure, I liked the other characters enough. But I didn’t really care for their POV. For me the entire book from Yukiko or Buruu’s POV is more than enough.

Yukiko and Buruu are still so damn awesome. Seriously. Yukiko is one of the most badass main characters ever and I love her to death. She goes through a lot, again, but different from the first book. She has so much weight on her shoulders and if I were her, I’d have cracked a long time ago. Buruu… He’s basically the best character in the history of mankind. Seriously. I love that thundertiger. I want him as a friend too. He’s hilarious.

Wow, this turned out longer than I thought it’d be. Anyways, Kinslayer is a great sequel to Stormdancer and I can’t wait to read the last book in the series. Though I am afraid because you know, Jay Kristoff doesn’t believe in happy endings. Help?


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