by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, fantasy, steampunk
Published September 18th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
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.
A HIDDEN GIFT
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.
It seemed like it took f o r e v e r before my hands held a copy of this book. I wanted it the moment I saw it on Goodreads. I joined giveaways and asked the author for a review copy but I was unlucky. Until I decided to purchase a copy online. This book, I guess, was the most expensive book I bought. (I don't usually buy hardbacks. LOL) Another forever passed before I get a chance to read it (long tbr list + busy college life!), so when I heard there'll be a Philippine tour, I jumped to the opportunity right away. And. Everything. Was. Worth. It.
To be honest, at first I don't think I'll be able to finish Stormdancer because of the Japanese words. Most are nouns and there's also a glossary at the end of the book (which I think is really cool) but I don't think I can stand to read these words. Soon enough I got the hang of it and I found myself absorbed in the story, and loving it.
I really like the fact that this book was focused on the journey of Yukiko, and not some sick action-fantasy coated romance. I love the combination of fantasy, dystopian, steampunk, adventure, action and strong heroine. Every page gives me a new thing to check out, leading me to zero boredom. I also like the mystery and the unexpected twists and happenings. This book never fail to surprise me.
Stormdancer is definitely a kick-ass novel. The imagination and writing of Jay Kristoff is unbelievable and just amazing. One of my favorite parts of this book and its highlight, was Yukiko's new found friendship. Stormdancer isn't just about the action or adventure, it is also about trusting and treasuring a real friendship and family. It had a heart in it and I love it so much. It gives more depth in the storyline and to the feeling I had after reading this book. Stormdancer was indeed amazing, just like what I thought it would be when I saw it on Goodreads. The only thing I could wish for now's the sequel.
Thanks to Pinoy Book Tours for organizing Stormdancer tour! Thanks also to Louisse for sponsoring the giveaway. Open to Philippine residents only. Good luck! :)