Kinslayer: The Lotus War Book Two Paperback – Import 2 Sep 2014
Product Description Review “Kristoff is the master of unique and intense plots and huge twists. This book has it all ― and a nice little bow to tie it all up with. There are swords action friendship a conspiracy grief and hope. It's going on my "Amazing Reads" shelf and I urge you to pick it up.” ― USAToday.com “With its geisha girls in gas masks and canvas blimps spewing black exhaust as they chug across the sky Stormdancer paints a vivid picture of a decrepit steampunk Japan. It's startling to witness a country that so reveres nature presented in such an environmentally compromised position as it is in the kickoff to Jay Kristoff's "The Lotus War" series. But it's this inventive juxtaposition that makes Stormdancer such a thrilling addition to the increasingly tired yet continuously expanding dystopian scene…. [A] fast-paced fantastical adventure [that] is sharp as a Shogun's sword.” ― The LA Times “ Stormdancer is an intoxicating joyride into steampunklandia with a magical dose of mythology the supernatural violence dystopian themes and a top-notch brassy heroine who rivals Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games . Yes I did say that!” ― The Huffington Post “Kristoff's imaginative debut the first in a series presents the feudal dystopian Shima Empire a menacing Japanese-inspired setting… The innovative setting fast-moving plot vivid descriptions and thrilling action scenes make this a refreshing addition to the steampunk canon.” ― Publishers Weekly starred review “Soars higher than the arashitora Kristoff writes about; superb.” ― Kirkus starred review “Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer is steampunk by way of feudal Japan in which a young woman with unusual abilities befriends a thunder tiger in a polluted industrial wasteland. Strong heroines detailed settings and fascinating legends hit the sweet spot.” ― Publishers Weekly “Japanese Steampunk unafraid to engage with the dark side of the subgenre. The Lotus must bloom!” ― SF Signal “A steampunk fantasy with richly drawn mythical creatures and a tough female protagonist…. Packed full of surprising twists and turns nonstop action and intense dialogue.” ― School Library Journal “[T]he plot takes off when the mythical arashitora (literally ‘stormtiger') forms a strong bond with dagger-wielding heroine Yukiko. Her relationship with the griffin-like creature is especially poignant in light of the personal losses she reveals as the story unfolds… it's the bonds of family and friendship that feel the truest with heartwrenching effect.” ― Romantic Times “Think Lassie if Kurosawa had been the director and Lassie had been three tons of angry mythical demon-shredding sass bent on pushing Timmy down the well… A colorful cast of supporting characters and thoughtful plotting add further to Stormdancer's appeal but really Kristoff has the reader at "girl meets griffin." The captivating backdrop graceful prose and army of mechanized samurai are all just added bonuses.” ― Shelf Awareness “What's that? You say you've got a Japanese Steampunk novel with mythic creatures civil unrest and a strong female protagonist? I'm afraid I missed everything you said after "Japanese Steampunk." That's all I really needed to hear.” ―Patrick Rothfuss #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear “With airships demons and lashings of revolutionary swordplay this chi-fueled vision of a steampunk feudal Japan will blow your split-toed socks off.” ―Scott Westerfeld New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan “Jay Kristoff pushes the steampunk genre exactly where it needs to go away from Victorian London's over-trodden lanes and into the great wide world. With its rocketing action eccentric and convincing characters and deep immersion in heroic Japanese culture Stormdancer slammed my head into an updated vision of the great chanbara films of Kurosawa and Kobayashi. I'll be waiting for more from Mr. Kristoff.” ― K.W. Jeter author of The Kingdom of Shadows “Set in a complex and richly imagined world Stormdancer draws on inspirations as widespread as epic fantasy steampunk and Japanese mythology effortlessly piecing them together into an alternate history that is as vibrant as it is disturbing. Yukiko is an admirable heroine made of compassion and courage but it's the remarkable friendship forged between Yukiko and the majestic thunder tiger Buruu that readers will find truly unforgettable. In this breathtaking debut fantasy Kristoff has given us an adventure teeming with impossible quests and betrayals rebellion and murder jealousy and harbored secrets. I eagerly look forward to seeing where his imagination takes us next.” ―Marissa Meyer New York Times bestselling author of Cinder “Jay Kristoff's Yukiko and her indomitable thunder tiger's entertaining adventures have just sent steampunk gloriously Asian.” ― Stephen Hunt internationally bestselling author of The Kingdom Beyond the Sea “Kristoff's debut is a lyrical triumph of chainsaw swords and thunder tigers that steampunk fans and mythology buffs will devour.” ―Kevin Hearne author of The Iron Druid Chronicles “If you enjoy rich detail and sensual writing you'll dig it…. Bristling with energy and enthusiasm this is the start of what should be a deservedly popular series.” ― Library Journal “Compelling characters--particularly Yukiko the Arashitora Buruu and the artificer Kin--a strong environmental message and a thrilling battle setting the stage for the sequel. Offer this to fans of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy or Philip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles.” ― Booklist About the Author JAY KRISTOFF grew up in the most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience although he's been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. Being the holder of an arts degree he has no education to speak of. He is the award-winning author of THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE GODSGRAVE CHRONICLES among other tiles. He is six feet seven inches and has approximately 13520 days to live. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and the world's laziest Jack Russell Terrier.
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