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Stormdancer (The Lotus War, Book 1)

Written by Jay Kristoff

Average Score: 56(3)

The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.

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. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever. 

The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Sh?gun to capture a thunder tiger -- a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Sh?gun is death. 

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Sh?gun's hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger 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.

Book Details

Hardcover, 336 Pages
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on September 18, 2012
ISBN-10 1250001404
ISBN-13 978-1250001405


SF Signal | Paul Weimer
Review Rating: 70
Japanese Steampunk unafraid to engage with the dark side of the subgenre.
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Strange Horizons | Matt Hilliard
Review Rating: 60
You may be able to look at the track and guess where Stormdancer's roller coaster is going, but that doesn't mean it's without genuine appeal.
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Neth Space | Neth
Review Rating: 40
...the lack of subtlety, the lack of nuance, the strait-forward plotting -- it has been done over and over again and only reinforces the common criticisms YA books get from more mature audiences.
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