Review: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Posted July 25, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff


by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #1
Pages: 359
Published on September 18th 2012
by Thomas Dunne Books
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Kinslayer, Endsinger, Stormdancer, 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

So for a while it seemed this book would be 3 stars for me. The first half was just very confusing for the most part and I had a really hard time getting into it. But then Buruu entered the story and he just saved it all for me. Because he rules. I’m really sorry I waited this long to read your book Jay. Please have mercy!

I’m not going to try to describe the plot of this book because I can’t without spoiling a lot. It’s set in a land based on Japan, I think. Or it is Japan. I’m not sure. And the Shogun wants a thunder tiger, a griffin so he orders Yukiko and her father to get one for him. But stuff happens and they get separated. Yukiko and Buruu, as she calls the beast, start to form a friendship while they’re together.

I had a very hard time getting into the story. The terms were very confusing and the world-building was a bit complicated for me. Yeah there are maps and a glossary but on a e-reader it’s not very practical to go to the end of the book to look up a word the whole time. So for the first 40 something %, I was very confused and it seemed like I wouldn’t end up loving this as everyone else seems to do. Yeah I felt kind of stupid. But then Buruu came and saved it all because he’s just the most awesome thing ever. I loved him so much. He’s badass and funny. And I really loved the growing friendship between him and Yukiko. When those two are together, they kick some serious ass. And they did a lot of that in this book.

Yukiko was a very strong female lead. She was stubborn and tough and I ended up loving her. Now that I think about it, she reminds me a lot of Celeana from the Throne of Glass series. But then Japanese-ish. There are a lot of characters in this book but those two are the only ones that really count. There’s a tiny romance in the book, but I didn’t buy it and it wasn’t a big deal. View Spoiler »

The writing was very good even though I was a bit confused in the beginning. Jay Kristoff is a very talented author and I do believe what everyone keeps saying about him. That he doesn’t believe in happy endings. Yeesh, way to end a book Jay. Thanks for that. I’m not sure I like you anymore. Kidding. I do. I’ll read the other books too. I’m sorry I said that. You’re awesome.

I’d recommend this book to everyone who loves fantasy and doesn’t mind very rich world-building that can be a bit confusing in the beginning. Just stick with it until Buruu comes along and you don’t even care what a word means anymore. Seriously. Great start to what will be an epic series. Well… the second book is out already and it’s awesome from what I hear so. Yeah, awesome first book! Can’t wait to read the second one!


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