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Kinslayer (Lotus War Trilogy Book 2) by [Kristoff, Jay]
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What's that? You say you've got a Japanese Steampunk novel with mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female protagonist? I'm afraid I missed everything you said after "Japanese Steampunk." That's all I really needed to hear.--Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man s Fear"

With airships, demons, and lashings of revolutionary swordplay, this chi-fueled vision of a steampunk feudal Japan will blow your split-toed socks off.--Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan

Set in a complex and richly imagined world, "Stormdancer" draws on inspirations as widespread as epic fantasy, steampunk, and Japanese mythology, effortlessly piecing them together into an alternate history that is as vibrant as it is disturbing. Yukiko is an admirable heroine, made of compassion and courage, but it's the remarkable friendship forged between Yukiko and the majestic thunder tiger, Buruu, that readers will find truly unforgettable. In this breathtaking debut fantasy, Kristoff has given us an adventure teeming with impossible quests and betrayals, rebellion and murder, jealousy and harbored secrets. I eagerly look forward to seeing where his imagination takes us next.--Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder

Kristoff's debut is a lyrical triumph of chainsaw swords and thunder tigers that steampunk fans and mythology buffs will devour.--Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

Kristoff is the master of unique and intense plots and huge twists. This book has it all and a nice little bow to tie it all up with. There are swords, action, friendship, a conspiracy, grief and hope. It's going on my "Amazing Reads" shelf, and I urge you to pick it up. "USAToday.com"

With its geisha girls in gas masks and canvas blimps spewing black exhaust as they chug across the sky, "Stormdancer" paints a vivid picture of a decrepit, steampunk Japan. It's startling to witness a country that so reveres nature presented in such an environmentally compromised position, as it is in the kickoff to Jay Kristoff's "The Lotus War" series. But it's this inventive juxtaposition that makes "Stormdancer" such a thrilling addition to the increasingly tired yet continuously expanding dystopian scene . [A] fast-paced, fantastical adventure [that] is sharp as a Shogun's sword. "The LA Times"

"Stormdancer" is an intoxicating joyride into steampunklandia with a magical dose of mythology, the supernatural, violence, dystopian themes, and a top-notch brassy heroine who rivals Katniss Everdeen of "The Hunger Games." Yes, I did say that! "The Huffington Post"

Kristoff's imaginative debut, the first in a series, presents the feudal, dystopian Shima Empire, a menacing Japanese-inspired setting The innovative setting, fast-moving plot, vivid descriptions, and thrilling action scenes make this a refreshing addition to the steampunk canon. "Publishers Weekly, starred review"

Soars higher than the arashitora Kristoff writes about; superb. "Kirkus, starred review"

Jay Kristoff's "Stormdancer" is steampunk by way of feudal Japan, in which a young woman with unusual abilities befriends a thunder tiger in a polluted industrial wasteland. Strong heroines, detailed settings, and fascinating legends hit the sweet spot. "Publishers Weekly"

Japanese Steampunk unafraid to engage with the dark side of the subgenre. The Lotus must bloom! "SF Signal"

A steampunk fantasy with richly drawn mythical creatures and a tough female protagonist . Packed full of surprising twists and turns, nonstop action, and intense dialogue. "School Library Journal"

[T]he plot takes off when the mythical arashitora (literally stormtiger') forms a strong bond with dagger-wielding heroine, Yukiko. Her relationship with the griffin-like creature is especially poignant in light of the personal losses she reveals as the story unfolds it's the bonds of family and friendship that feel the truest, with heartwrenching effect. "Romantic Times"

Think "Lassie," if Kurosawa had been the director and Lassie had been three tons of angry mythical demon-shredding sass bent on pushing Timmy down the well A colorful cast of supporting characters and thoughtful plotting add further to "Stormdancer's" appeal, but, really, Kristoff has the reader at "girl meets griffin." The captivating backdrop, graceful prose and army of mechanized samurai are all just added bonuses. "Shelf Awareness"

What's that? You say you've got a Japanese Steampunk novel with mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female protagonist? I'm afraid I missed everything you said after "Japanese Steampunk." That's all I really needed to hear. Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man s Fear

With airships, demons, and lashings of revolutionary swordplay, this chi-fueled vision of a steampunk feudal Japan will blow your split-toed socks off. Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan

Jay Kristoff pushes the steampunk genre exactly where it needs to go, away from Victorian London's over-trodden lanes and into the great wide world. With its rocketing action, eccentric and convincing characters, and deep immersion in heroic Japanese culture, "Stormdancer" slammed my head into an updated vision of the great chanbara films of Kurosawa and Kobayashi. I'll be waiting for more from Mr. Kristoff. "K.W. Jeter, author of The Kingdom of Shadows"

Set in a complex and richly imagined world, "Stormdancer" draws on inspirations as widespread as epic fantasy, steampunk, and Japanese mythology, effortlessly piecing them together into an alternate history that is as vibrant as it is disturbing. Yukiko is an admirable heroine, made of compassion and courage, but it's the remarkable friendship forged between Yukiko and the majestic thunder tiger, Buruu, that readers will find truly unforgettable. In this breathtaking debut fantasy, Kristoff has given us an adventure teeming with impossible quests and betrayals, rebellion and murder, jealousy and harbored secrets. I eagerly look forward to seeing where his imagination takes us next. Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder

Jay Kristoff's Yukiko and her indomitable thunder tiger's entertaining adventures have just sent steampunk gloriously Asian. "Stephen Hunt, internationally bestselling author of The Kingdom Beyond the Sea"

Kristoff's debut is a lyrical triumph of chainsaw swords and thunder tigers that steampunk fans and mythology buffs will devour. Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

If you enjoy rich detail and sensual writing, you'll dig it . Bristling with energy and enthusiasm, this is the start of what should be a deservedly popular series. "Library Journal"

Compelling characters--particularly Yukiko, the Arashitora Buruu, and the artificer Kin--a strong environmental message, and a thrilling battle setting the stage for the sequel. Offer this to fans of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy or Philip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles. "Booklist""

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The second novel from Jay Kristoff, author of Stormdancer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 637 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Main Market ed edition (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CYM195W
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
Second volume in the series of fantasy novels entitled 'the Lotus War', which tell of events in an oriental style world with steampunk technology.

The series began with Stormdancer (Lotus War Trilogy 1). This volume isn't really a great jumping on point, so new readers would be better off starting with the first book.

If you have read it, read on.

This one runs for six hundred and five pages. It's divided into three parts, and further into fifty six chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue.

It has a couple of maps at the start. A glossary at the back.

And a very handy cast of characters at the front, which is there with notes to remind those who read book one who the characters are and what they were doing when book one finished. A refresher like that is always handy, and it's a nice touch here. Would that more series would do the same.

This is not the end of the story. Thus this book ends with something of a cliffhanger and lots to be resolved.

As this volume starts, Yukiko has anger issues to deal with. New abilities to get used to. And being cast in the role of a hero to contend with.

Kin has to come to terms with his choices and his new life.

And back in the city, a new leader is coming to power. Someone who would love to see Yukiko dead.

War is on the way. The land and it's people will never be the same..

The narrative juggles lots of characters. There's some violence and gruesome moments and a couple of bits of strong language.

As before, this is very readable and imaginative stuff. With great imagery and evocative prose.
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In this steampunk world of brother versus brother, machines and mythical creatures emerging from the depths, Buruu and Yukiko continue their fight to free Shima from a tyrannical empire. Buruu is a sarcastic older brother looking out for his bullheaded younger sister and the pair find they can't rely on each other. They must find their own strength and trust themselves to find their way through.

Danger lies around every corner with eyes and ears in every shadow. Shima has been torn apart and every side, the Kage, the Gaijin, the empire, they all have their flaws and the people are confused as to who has the right solution. Kinslayer is the perfect example of the flaws in humankind, opinions and ideas creating racism, prejudice, and destruction. Anger and hatred turning brother against brother, Shima fights its own while still taking on the Gaijin and giving in to the lotus guild for more power.

War is inevitable.

The characters in the Lotus War Series have strong convictions and each one has a story to support their decisions. Kristoff brings this fantastical world to life with strong characters, exciting twists and turns, and great depth detailing the world and its inhabitants.
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Captivating follow on from the first book - it didn't disappoint! Quality of writing was superb and the introduction of new characters didn't detract from the main focus of the original story. Looking forward to the next one!
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
"Japanese steampunk" was basically all that was needed to interest me in the Lotus War series -- steam and katanas, kitsunes and steel.

And anyone who enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) Jay Kristoff's debut novel "Stormdancer" can easily figure out if they will like the sequel, "Kinslayer" -- because it's more of the same, really. Lots of political maneuverings, Japanese-styled steampunk trappings and explosive action, wrapped up in detailed prose that sometimes borders on royal purple.

Yukiko is now known as Stormdancer, and is powerful enough to take down airships as revenge for her dad's death. But then her former lover Hiro suddenly decides to marry Aisha, allowing him to claim the Daimyo's position, Yukiko is devastated. Not only is the rebellion against the Guilds threatened, but suddenly her powers are spiraling out of her control.

Her allies -- including the loving Kin -- are concerned about what her powers are doing. And in the meantime, assassin-maid Kage Michi infiltrates the bed of a powerful magistrate, and a False Lifer joins the rebel ranks. When Yukiko is sent on a mission across the sea, she finds herself alone in a hostile land, with Buruu mysteriously missing -- and she learns that her old friend has a nasty past that has caught up to him.

"Kinslayer" is pretty much a natural extension of "Stormdancer" -- Jay Kristoff writes in much the same style, with a feudal-era Japan filled with toxic "blood lotus" and steampunk technology, including steel "skins" and metal wings. It's an intriguing world, and Kristoff expands it in this story to a fantasy version of Russia (and some more "thunder-tigers").

Unfortunately, Kristoff's prose is both his weakness and his strength.
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Book 2 in the The Lotus War trilogy is even better than STORMDANCER. A masterclass in world-building, Kristoff creates the most vivid steampunk world fused with that of feudal Japan. It is brimming with monsters and machines, and a cruel regime which rapes the natural world, leaving behind a stinking mess inhabited by downtrodden Lowborns and ruthless criminals. But revolution simmers below the surface, led by the heroic MC, Yukiko and her majestic thunder-tiger. Often adult books lack the action and pace which can be only found in children's books. But this has it by the bucket-load. The fight-scenes are beautifully choreographed and matched by Kristoff's rich and evocative language. The stink in Kigen city is so real you want to have a shower after reading a chapter. The action is so fast your are left breathless. Hollywood, looking for the next blockbuster? Look no further! Highly original. Looking forward to book 3!
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