Stormdancer

Stormdancer Stormdancer is the first in the epic new fantasy series The Lotus War introducing an unforgettable heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal JapanThe Shima I

  • Title: Stormdancer
  • Author: Jay Kristoff
  • ISBN: 9781250031280
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stormdancer is the first in the epic new fantasy series The Lotus War, introducing an unforgettable heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal JapanThe 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 worshiperStormdancer is the first in the epic new fantasy series The Lotus War, introducing an unforgettable heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal JapanThe 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 Sh gun to capture a legendary griffin, they fear their lives are over Any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for than a century, and the price of failing the Sh gun is death Accompanying her father on the Sh gun s hunt, the girl Yukiko finds herself stranded a young woman alone in Shima 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 he 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.

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    • Cyna says:

      WARNING WARNING. UNPOPULAR OPINION INCOMING.This book made me really fucking mad.I'll admit, I was a little leery of Stormdancer from the start - Japanese steampunk sounds cool, but coming from a white western author, the chances of problematic weeaboo fuckery are high. Exoticization. Romanticization. Plain old appropriation. Yet for some reason, I didn't really peg Stormdancer as a weeaboo outing. I don't know why. There was no good reason, and yet, I expected Kristoff to be a scholar of some s [...]

    • Jay Kristoff says:

      Edit 10 July: You can read the first three chapters of STORMDANCER all typeset and logo'ed and whatnot hereORMDANCER is my book, so it should go without saying that I love it in the pants. I love it more than that moment at the end of Top Gun when Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise have just killed the bejeezus out of all those commies and Val is all like "You can kiss me on the mouth be my wingman anytime" and the music swells and some deckhand is just wailing on an electric guitar somewhere in the back [...]

    • Kat Kennedy says:

      I need to take a moment to do some­thing before begin­ning this review.Stor­m­dancer is a fan­tasy nerdgasm, writ­ten by a fan­tasy nerd, for the fan­tasy nerds – and if it sounds like I just pil­fered some of the Get­tys­burg address then that’s because Abra­ham Lin­coln rid­ing a griz­zly bear was just about the only damn thing miss­ing from this book.Image by RandoSub­se­quently my life is now complete.Stor­m­dancer is a world one step removed from our own. Imag­ined [...]

    • Emily May says:

      At first I didn't write my review of Stormdancer because the publisher specifically asked me to hold off on posting it until September. Then I didn't write it because I was in the minority and I had to take a deep breath before I put my negative opinion out there. And now I'm writing it because I don't care any longer, I've accepted that my opinion is valid and not just a one off that deserves to belong on my "its-me-not-you" shelf. I didn't enjoy Stormdancer, I can't give it more than one star [...]

    • Wendy Darling says:

      Read our hilarious and informative interview with Buruu! THERE ARE MORE ARASHITORA. Ahem.4.5 stars When a book arrives with a massive amount of fanfare, in the form of glowing advance praise and accompanied an agreebly affable author, it's necessary to take a step away from all the hype to ensure that a review isn't influenced by outside factors. Which I did--I avoided reviews, fled the country (okay, that wasn't just to read this book), and read it away from much of the joyful noise that surrou [...]

    • Krystle says:

      WARNING! EXCESSIVE LENGTH AND ONE ANGRY WOMAN!I really have no idea how I’m going to do this review when everyone else expressed everything I wanted to say in such an eloquent and succinct manner, especially Cyna’s review.You have no idea how badly, badly, I wanted this book to turn out brilliant and smashing and turn into one of those amazingly successful books that takes the publishing world by storm. Even more so when the absolutely gorgeous and fantastic covers that came out which weren [...]

    • Clair says:

      Well, if there's one book that has had a hype machine going for it this year, it's Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer. No, not a hype machine. More like a hype combine harvester. I've seen this book being talked about so much over the past year, and naturally, I bought into the hype. It had to be good if so many people were talking about it, right?Stormdancer tells the story of Yukiko Kitsune, who joins her father on a hunt for a rare beast - an arashitora, which literally translates to 'thunder tiger'. [...]

    • Steph Sinclair says:

      The first thing that came to my mind after finishing Stormdancer was the very eloquent: WHOA! The second more composed chain of thought was something along the lines of: Why yes, that *was* just as badass as its cover suggested. Stormdancer had it all for me. Richly crafted world building, carefully placed humor, realistic characters, unpredictable storyline I mean, I could go on and on here! This book was freakin' awesome! I went into Stormdancer expecting to fall in love with it because it has [...]

    • Patrick says:

      What's this? A Japanese Steampunk novel with mythical creatures and a strong female protagonist? Yeah, I'm all over that. Though honestly, you had me at "Japanese Steampunk." I'm not giving this a star rating because the version of the book I read was an "advance uncorrected proof" of the book. That means it could undergo some changes between now and when it's printed in September. "It's hard for me to give it a number, since I don't know what stuff might be different in the version I read, vs t [...]

    • Dan Schwent says:

      When the Shogun demands someone bring him an arashitora (griffin), a group of adventurers gos on an airship voyage to capture the beast, long thought to be extinct. The airship goes down and a girl named Yukiko befriends the captured arashitora. Can the two of them be reunited with Yukiko's friends and overthrow the Shogun?I received this ARC from the fine folks at St. Martin's. It's freeness does not diminish its awesomeness.Not too long ago, I got an email asking if I wanted to give Stormdance [...]

    • Bibi says:

      Someone please make it stop.DNF @ 20- what the heck was I thinking- %

    • TheBookSmugglers says:

      This is going to be LONGAna’s Thoughts:There is a story behind my reading of Stormdancer and it starts months ago when the author first contacted us to introduce his upcoming book. That email remains one of the best book pitches we have received, and the book was described as a dystopian novel in a Japanese-inspired Steampunk setting with a strong girl as its protagonist. We loved the idea, as it sounded like it was a book made for The Book Smugglers (Dystopia! Steampunk! Diversity! Kick-ass G [...]

    • Robin (Bridge Four) says:

      The best way to describe this is a Japanese-Dystopian-Steampunk mashup I’m not sure if that makes it Dystopunkanies or Japasteamian or something else completely. Just to give you a little history most everything I know about Japanese culture I learned from Mulan. Which I have been corrected is Chinese and not Japanese so I know even less than I thought I didSo I’m not really versed in much of the Samuri culture or honor and can’t really tell you how well this follows any of that or if some [...]

    • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽ says:

      This book has a thunder tiger in it. It is as awesome as it sounds. The story is set in a re-imagined - steampunk! - Japanese world where a dynasty of Shoguns rule as tyrants. Lotus is a plant which serves as the main source of the economy. But it pollutes the air and part of the plant is used as an extremely addictive drug. It can also be made into fuel for airships and vehicles, but is toxic to the soil, so crops do not do well except with the "special" fertilizer that most people can't afford [...]

    • Alexis Lee says:

      [Made some major edits - Oh, and read the end of the review, please. :)]Arggghhhhhh.I read the words:"Japanese steampunk"and lost my mind. I knew I had to read this book like, NowOMGholyshiznits. So I did. And now I'm torn, because the words "Japanese Steampunk" deserve five stars for even existing, but the bookt so much.The blurb sounded fantastic - all the elements I could ever want in a steampunk story (Or even any genre kind of story). I went through lots and lots of rave enthusiastic review [...]

    • Maja (The Nocturnal Library) says:

      4.5 starsWhen I first felt myself being pulled into this story, I glanced down and saw the number 156 written at the bottom of the page. 156 pages of barely understandable, agonizingly slow and almost painfully dense prose - that’s what it took for me to start enjoying Stormdancer. But here’s the thing: now that I fully understand this book, I understand the necessity of such a beginning. This is how the rain becomes a flood. One drop at a time.There’s something mesmerizing and magical abo [...]

    • Vernieda says:

      I am judging every single person who has blurbed and recced this book. Leaving aside the criticisms of cultural appropriation (and there are many criticisms to be made, believe me), this book has some serious gender issues and proves why many female readers do not trust male authors who claim to have written a "strong female character." Mostly because that strong female character will be written in a creepy, sexualized, (straight) male gaze-y fashion.And even putting that aside, the story is jus [...]

    • Nafiza says:

      You wouldn’t believe how excited I was for this novel. The synopsis reads like someone looked into my head and took what I wanted to read and then wrote it.Wait. Let me get my bearings because this “review” is going to be epic and rambling. Have a cupcake and some tea while you’re reading it. Ready? Okay.Sometimes you come across books that you like absolutely and sometimes you come across books that you loathe absolutely. And if you are unlucky, you come across books that made you screa [...]

    • Syahira Sharif says:

      also in my blogStormdancer is a Young Adult Fantasy fiction about a Kitsune Yukiko and her father was sent to find a mythical creature for their shogun. The novel consisted of 35 chapers with various point of views from Yukiko, Masaru, the Arashitora, the Shogun and some others. It have glossary at the end of the book because the author uses Japanese words while writing and there's tremendous descriptive writing accompanied with every scenes that spans from raindrops, smells and the furniture.St [...]

    • shady says:

      Yup. This was definitely better the second time around.I think the only real flaw in this book in my eyes was the insta-love and insta-sex part with that Hiro dude. It was just so rushed and cringeworthy. But perhaps Jay Kristoff just wanted to highlight that Yukiko was still young and slightly naive, that perhaps later on in the series she grows and learns from it. I dunno. Maybe it didn't bother others nearly as much as it bothered me, but at this point I just have absolutely zero tolerance fo [...]

    • Kiki says:

      This book sounds so fucking epic I'm worried if I buy it, it might set my bookcase on fire. Goddamn, I want this thing. Like, now.

    • Chloe says:

      This was another awesome buddy read with my awesome buddy Johanna!Was this book perfect? Nooo, not at all, but I wasn't expecting it to be since this is Jay's first series and not his best loved one. And I totally get why people might not be able to love this the way they love his other books because it was slow as HECK to start with and I was so confused by all of the world building and Japanese terminology that I was worried I wouldn't be able to get into it despite being familiar with Japanes [...]

    • Tatiana says:

      No, can't do it. The writing style, with over-detailing and over-describing of EVERYTHING, is just too tedious and boring for my taste. It sucks all the juice out of the story. Recommend sampling first 3 chapters to check for writing style compatibility here - tor/stories/2012/06/st - before purchasing (or requesting ARCs).

    • oliviasbooks says:

      "Yamaguchi Hiroyuki, who rested agura-style in front of a too warm kotatsu, enjoyed a cup of fragrant genmaicha with a plate of fresh kusamochi from a wagashiya at Higashi-Bashi and took a secret sip of shirozake in between, while reading the less shocking parts of the shimbun to his wataire-clad okusan Miyuki, who was supposed to fold the last Hinamatsuri origami, but nervously fingered a fertility omamori from the neighborhood jinja instead. If she did not conceive this very month there was no [...]

    • Braiden says:

      Dying is easy. Anyone can throw themselves onto the pyre and rest a happy martyr. Enduring the suffering that comes with sacrifice is the real test.Stormdancer is a richly detailed Japanese-inspired, steampunk fantasy, with splendidly real characters and a gripping plot that will keep you in its claws until the very last page. Jay Kristoff has written a debut like no other; I’m craving to return and venture across his wonderfully imagined Shima Isles and uncover more about The Lotus War with Y [...]

    • Keertana says:

      “… I wanted to write a book with heart; a book about a friendship that bloomed despite all obstacles. A bond that would grow to become a thing of legend in this nation on the edge of ruin—a friendship that challenged the might of an empire."~Jay Kristoff In my opinion, to be a writer is not only one of the toughest tasks in the world, it is also the most courageous; for to be an author is to take on the challenge, not only of pouring yourself into a novel, but in reaching an audience and m [...]

    • sanny says:

      ++::(MINOR) SPOILERS AHEAD::++Lengthy not-exactly-a-review parody.======================================Snowchild & Blue*: Telepathic Conversations*a.k.a. the ones (in my imagination) roped in to act out the roles of Yukiko and Buruu respectively in Stormdancer. ::SESSION ONE:: Blue on Buruu, hai.Snowchild (S): Greetings, Blue-san.Blue (B): Hello again. What a book that had been.--S: You don't say, sama.B: Just stop with that sama/-hai?/hai, sama blasphemy already. --S: Apologies, Blue-san. [...]

    • Mpauli says:

      This book is a very interesting mix. It offers a lot for lovers of YA fantasy as it has all the typical ingredients. We have Yukiko, a teenage female protagonist, who finds a friend in a mythical creature. In this case it isn't a dragon, it's a griffin.We also have two love interests for her, but fortunately the tiny romance part just complements the well-rounded adventure story, without being a distraction from what is important.What sets the book truly apart from a lot of similar tales is the [...]

    • Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring) says:

      Blog review:edwardsghostengine.wordpress.This totally took me by surprise! For some reason when I started reading this I thought it was set in a post apocalyptic Japan and that after the world fell people went back to the old religions and beliefs and started living menial lives again. I mean the polluted atmosphere of the Shima isles made me lean on the sci-fi side. But further into the book I realized it was set in a fantasy world. Which only made the novel richer and even more enjoyable!I'm n [...]

    • Jonathan Terrington says:

      It's August and so I shall finally post a review of this little YA gem. I was fortunate enough to be granted an ARC e-book version of this book and now intend to buy the paperback when it's available. Mainly because I may enjoy the book even more in paper form. But that all said it was worth gaining this early glimpse of a very solid debut novel.This is a steampunk science-fiction/fantasy novel set in a feudal Japan similar to, but also different from, our Japan. It features technologies powered [...]

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