Series: The Lotus War #2
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on September 17, 2013
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mythology, Steampunk
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A SHATTERED EMPIRE
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.
A DARK LEGACY
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.
A GATHERING STORM
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.
THIS IS MY HELL, I SWEAR IT. WHEN I PASS INTO THE AFTERLIFE AND AM PUNISHED FOR MY SINS, THIS WILL BE MY TORMENT. SURROUNDED BY A SEA OF MOONING, ADOLESCENT MONKEY-BOYS. MUDDLING ABOUT IN PUDDLES OF THEIR OWN DRIBBLE. –Buruu (ARC, p. 34)
Here’s all I really need to say about KINSLAYER: This Book Is GAHHH! SO GOOD.
It will rip your heart into a million pieces, tramp all over your soul, and make you think. Author Jay Kristoff has NO boundaries, and I mean that in the best possible way. He doesn’t shy away from anything, and really, really likes to torture his characters just as much as he enjoys torturing the reader. KINSLAYER is dark, but rightfully so, as it takes place in a world almost destroyed by greed. A world where the blood of foreigners is the fertilizer for fields, and the main crop of the country destroys the land as it grows.
KINSLAYER is a super creative combination of steampunk, dystopia, and fantasy, with a strong Japanese influence. There’s a little something for everyone: betrayal, romance, revolution, war, mythical creatures, awesome weapons … I could go on and on. I’ve never read anything like The Lotus War trilogy, and I think KINSLAYER is even better than the first book, STORMDANCER. (My book review of STORMDANCER)
Right off the bat, KINSLAYER has a great start: there’s a recap of the important characters, what they did, and what happened to them in book one. I love that there was a recap instead of chapters of reminding the reader what went on before. Also, I thought there was less information overload than in STORMDANCER, probably because you should already have a good idea of the world and its customs. I’ll admit, I had forgotten pretty much everything that happened in STORMDANCER, but within pages, I slid right back into Jay’s world and characters without any trouble.
Another great thing: I had no idea what was going to happen during the book. Usually the middle book of a trilogy is just a bridge between one and three, but I don’t think that’s the case here. There’s SO much going on in KINSLAYER. Yukiko and Buruu aren’t the only important characters anymore, something I was a bit sad about at first, because I really do love Buruu, as well as the bond the two have. Many characters have their say, from Michi, the handmaiden to princess Aisha; Kin, a Lotusman who betrayed his people; and even Hiro, the new Shogun, and Yukiko’s former lover. All of their parts weave together to tell as many sides of the story as possible, and I have to say, I’m kind of scared for the rebellion. I don’t see how the rebels can win, even with arashitora on their side.
As I’ve said, KINSLAYER is a dark, dark book. Personally, I adore that sort of thing, and I don’t think any of the violence or torture or other bad things are just thrown in there for shock value. There are some parts where you’ll be wincing, I guarantee it. But it’s well worth it.
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