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Stormdancer, The Lotus War Book One, by Jay Kristoff Book Review | SFReader.com
Stormdancer, The Lotus War Book One, by Jay Kristoff Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books Published: 2012 Review Posted: 8/28/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Stormdancer, The Lotus War Book One, by Jay Kristoff
Book Review by Brandy Tucker
Have you read this book?
I simply loved this book! What an imagination! Kristoff has set mine in
motion. As you read this book, you can see the action in your mind's
eye. The imagery is fascinating. The story has everything you could want
in a story -- drama, romance, betrayal, political uprising, and at the
root of it all is a beautiful heroine ready to fight for what she knows
is right. The cultural setting for this steampunk novel couldn't be
better. A mix of feudal Japan with a futuristic steampunk twist; and
let's not forget the Gods. It's complete with maps and a glossary of
The Shima Isles were poisoned with the Lotus Flower. They used if for
everything. It was farmed at the demand of the Shogun and his
counterpart the Guildsmen, who wear steam driven metal suits that keep
them from being slowing poisoned like the rest of the world. The weed
was also smoked as a drug. The air was a red haze and unbreathable,
thick with the smoke and toxic. You had to use a steam driven air
purifier, or as most a simple rag over the mouth. The water was black
and undrinkable, dead fish floated in it and were eaten by the poor. The
people were slowing dying -- poisoned by the lotus.
Beautiful Yukiko, and her father, the Shogun's Master Hunter, with his
two best hunters and lifelong friends, set out to hunt the impossible -- a
thunder tiger -- a mythical tiger griffin. That's right not a half
eagle - half lion, but a half eagle - half white tiger. In this world
they had existed but were thought to be extinct. They hunted at the
demand of the Shogun. An uncaring murderous leader with impossible
wishes. They must get results or die.
At night, as they fly too high through a severe thunderstorm in their
steam-driven ship, they miraculously find and capture one. Which angers
the thunder god, Raijin -- the father of the griffin, and he intensifies
the storm. Yukiko has a sixth sense; a kenning. The ability to speak to
animals telepathically. She feels this is so wrong - to capture this
beautiful creature. She reaches out to its mind, and tries to calm it
and apologize for this great wrong. But with great fury, he flaps his
powerful wings, and creates electrical lightening which endangers the
ship and crew. So the Master Hunter maims it by clipping its feathers,
and cages the griffin. But the damage is done; the ship is severely
damaged in this great storm, is on fire and is going to crash into the
mountains. Most of the crew and the hunters escape.
Yukiko just can't leave the, Arashitora (the griffin). She jumps out of
the escape ship at the last minute and frees the beast. As the ship
crashes, she jumps on his back and tries to use kenning to speak to him,
but as he glides to safety, he throws her off. Her fall is broken by
trees and she's hurt, but okay. She trails after the crippled
Arashitora. It's rough and treacherous. She stumbles upon a temple to
Lady Izanami -- the Dark Mother.
The Oni, minions of the Dark Mother, almost kill her as the Arashitora
appears out of nowhere and saves her. Now she is at his bidding.
I have left so much out; like:
What is a Stormdancer?
Who is the Shogun? Why is he so evil?
Are there any other gods?
What about the political uprising? The romance? The betrayal?
There is so much left to say so you simply MUST READ THIS BOOK!
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