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Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning, July 2018
Sixth World #1
by Rebecca Roanhorse

Saga Press
304 pages
ISBN: 1534413502
EAN: 9781534413504
Kindle: B075RWTMLY
Paperback / e-Book
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"Trail of Lightning is a fabulous dystopian novel!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Trail of Lightning
Rebecca Roanhorse

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted July 31, 2018

Dystopian | Science Fiction | Fantasy

TRAIL OF LIGHTNING is the first book in the Sixth World series. The world has drowned after a climate apocalypse and the Navajo reservation, now Dinétah has been reborn. It's a new world where gods and heroes walk the land. But, it's also a world filled with monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monsters hunter. She survived an attack by monsters when she was young and was trained by Neizghání the Monsterslayer of legend, the son of two holy people. However, now Neizghání has left her and she has to fight on her own. A new job has her hunting a monster that has abducted a small girl. This monster is something entirely new to her and she will discover this is just the start of a nightmare.

As a fan of dystopia novels was I curious to see how the first book in a new series would turn out. I'm glad to say that I was impressed, both by the world building and the story. Not to mention the characters. Maggie Hoskie is the kind of female warrior with supernatural powers that I love to read about; strong, but with a past that has hurt her deeply. She has a hard time letting people get close, although the few she allows she is a true friend of. And then there is Neizghání. I was immensely curious about this legendary Monsterslayer who saved Maggie's life and for some reason left her to fend for herself. Adding to the mix is the medicine man Kai Arviso who comes to Maggie's aid when she tries to find out more about the monster she killed. There are also several other interesting characters in the book, human, and non-human that will cross Maggie's path. One particular figure is the Coyote, who is just as legendary as Neizghání.

TRAIL OF LIGHTNING left me wanting more. I'm intrigued by the Dinétah world, and also by the world outside Dinétah, outside the Wall. Rebecca Roanhorse has created a fabulous new series, with characters that I have come to love and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

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While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

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