Yukiko lives in a mix of an Asian and steampunk culture. Her
Guild is assigned to find a griffin, a creature long since
thought to be extinct. After an accident, she discovers that
one still doesâ€”and he isn't big on friendliness. Together
they must fight to survive, especially as the circumstances
continue to become more dangerous.
With the opening of this STORMDANCER, I felt two things:
confused and captivated. The confusion comes from the
characters that are thrown in throughout the first quarter
or so of the book. It is easy to get them mixed up at first
and be a little overwhelmed at figuring out who is who. The
captivation comes from the unique, edgy, fantastic, and
slightly wild world Jay Kristoff creates. I played the next
several chapters at war with the two, seeing which one would
win out, but even through it all, I knew this was a book I
couldn't stop reading.
The feel of this world is vastly different from most things
I've read, but beyond that, the author's writing style
reflects the world extraordinarily well. From the beginning,
I love the feel the world brings, even if I had some
confusion issues. I would have loved to have seen more of
the world in this book just because it was so fascinating. I
hope that the next book in the series goes into more detail.
In addition to the engaging world, the plot is smooth and
full of twists, but only the logical kind. Moments of
gasping are not to be unexpected, but on my end, are fully
appreciated. Even beyond that, the characters feel real and
relatable, which is surprising and impressive given the
individuality of the world.
Overall, I love this book, and I am dying to read the
second. I think I have found a new series to obsess over,
and if you enjoy different and unique stories, you might as
Stormdancer is the first in an epic new fantasy series,
introducing an unforgettable heroine and a stunningly
original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal
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. When hunters of
Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to
capture a legendary griffin, they fear their lives are over.
Any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a
century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
Accompanying her father on the Shōgunâ€™s hunt, the girl
Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in
Shimaâ€™s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled
griffin for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts,
even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is
heâ€™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.