Yukiko has done it. She has killed the tyrant whose
oppressive rule is now over, leaving the land in chaos.
Allies are still forming while enemies are still on the
loose and eager to attack. In one of the worst times
possible, Yukiko also realizes that her powers are growing
out of control, and she must leave to find a solution both
to her problem and the nation's.
Jay Kristoff created a breathtaking book in STORMDANCER, and
he now creates an even more engaging read with KINSLAYER.
KINSLAYER picks up pretty soon after STORMDANCER leaves off,
and it keeps on going with an action packed battle. The
world building in this book is alive and further thriving
with the descriptions of the battles and the scenery. It
captures you from the first page and continues till the very
last. It is truly a piece of excellent fantasy and steampunk
that take the best elements and soar with them.
Basically, almost everything about this book takes my breath
away. Yukiko, Buruu, and Kin have so much thrown at them in
this book: betrayal, romance, death, destruction, and life.
Seeing each character react and respond to the situations is
mesmerizing. It is rare that I feel so connected with the
characters, especially when told in third person, but the
detail gone into showing how they feel in their actions and
dialogue is superb. This works especially well with the new
character additions that mold the story further and give it
a shocking depth that I didn't see coming. Jay Kristoff
writes with a skilled voice and crafts an artful plot that
will attract many readers.
In between all the lip-biting battle scenes, excruciating
heart breaking moments, and suspenseful drama interludes,
of my favorite parts sticks out, and that is Buruu's humor.
Buruu is absolutely hilarious in a world full of serious
people and wars. His thoughts will make you laugh over and
over, and provide an excellent comic relief to the harshest
of scenes. He may take the prize for being my favorite
I absolutely love this book and love this series. I can
easily see readers who like fantasy, steampunk, and who
liked the Eragon series diving into this series and becoming
just as hooked as I am.
Kinslayer is Book Two in Jay Kristoff's critically acclaimed
Lotus War series that began with Stormdancer, featuring an
unforgettable heroine and a stunningly original Japanese
dystopian steampunk world
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 toxic blood lotus flower continues
to ravage the land, the deadlands splitting wider by the
day. The machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild conspire to
renew the nation├»┬┐┬Żs broken dynasty and crush the growing
rebellion simultaneously - by endorsing a new Shōgun
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 Kag├»┬┐┬Ż rebellion. But Yukiko
is blinded by rage over her father├»┬┐┬Żs death, and her
to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power
to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko├»┬┐┬Żs anchor is Kin, the
rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo├»┬┐┬Żs
clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by
visions of a future he├»┬┐┬Żd rather die than see realized.
A GATHERING STORM
Kag├»┬┐┬Ż assassins lurk within the Shōgun├»┬┐┬Żs palace,
end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen├»┬┐┬Żs
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