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Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Synopsis: A DYING LAND
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.

Review: From the moment I began reading Stormdancer, I was instantly hooked. The opening sentence left me wanting to read more, and so I did.

I must admit, that although the first line sucked me in, I found myself struggling to read. The beginning was slow, and I felt a bit confused and lost. Being the kind of person, who must finish reading something I begin, I convinced myself to do just that. And I am so glad I did, a quarter of the way into the book, it began to pick up. And I couldn’t stop reading, I was so hooked it took me one day to finish, and that is saying something. The attention to detail that Jay Kristoff showed was marvelous. The way he described things in the book, painted a clear picture in my mind. It was like a movie playing in my head, and one that I would actually enjoy watching.  

I immediately fell in love with Yukiko, her headstrong and defiant personality shone, as well as her humor. I also felt sorry for her as well, because despite having her father, it was as if she was really alone. Throughout the book, Yukiko is ever changing, and continuing to grow. As Yukiko begins to discover the truth of her world, she must make a life changing decision. Not just for her, but the entire empire. Friends becoming enemies, and enemies becoming friends.

The book, although mostly portrays a dark, horrible world in live in. Jay Kristoff adds just enough humor to keep you entertained. Usually, mid-way through a book, I can usually guess what is going to happen next. However, many things happened, things that I did not predict. This novel definitely caught me by surprise, and the more I read, the more I fell in love. Everything about this book has won me over. Jay Kristoff, doesn’t give all away at once, only enough to entice the reader to keep reading. As the book comes into full circle, everything begins piecing together, like a perfect jigsaw puzzle. I cannot wait for the next installment in the series, and to read what is to come next for Yukiko and the rest of the characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone! 

Reviewed by: BRANDY

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