Series: The Lotus War #1
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on September 18th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Source: bought in-store
A DYING LAND
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.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun 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 Shōgun is death.
A HIDDEN GIFT
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 Shōgun’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.
Where the skies are red, and the green pastures mutilated, Shima is a barren land full of poverty and heartache. Beggars wander on the street, people grow hungry and are forced to steal from the richer citizens, and there is a state of unrest throughout the country. Shima falls under the rule of the Shōgun Yorimato. This is where we find Yukkiko who wants nothing more than to live a better life. With her father Masaru, they are ordered to find the extinct thunder tiger, also known as the arashitora.
As for the characters, Yukkiko can definitely give any strong female character a run for their money. The girl is strong, resilient, beautiful, and can wield a weapon like no one else. Love her. My other favourite character had to be Buruu. He was truly hilarious, yet completely blunt. You can feel their friendship grow as the pages turn. I pretty much fell in love with the flashbacks of Yukkio’s childhood. Not all parts, but one part alone made me cry. Yes, I cried. Too sweet, I just couldn’t help it. I bawled for a good five minutes and went back to reading. The last time a book made my year was Delirium.
I pretty much hated Yorimoto. He’s a tyrant who must be stopped. Excuse me for my graphic language, but that character deserves to rot in hell. He feels he is a God and I don’t think I’ve felt such rage over a villain since Voldemort. He’s a spoiled man and whenever he appeared on the page, I felt the same rage that Yukkiko felt.
The only downside was Yukkiko’s lustful decisions, and the amount of information in the beginning. I had trouble understanding it all so I had to re-read it over again. Good thing there’s a glossary in the back to define what all the Japanese terms were. As soon as the action started, I got lost in the pages.
Some scenes are highly graphic. Think Kill Bill, I know I did. I swear the Japanese are hard core warriors. A nation who even enforces seppuku? Yikes! This book also gave me a lesson in basic Japanese words! A book that teaches you about Japanese words AND has a kick-ass story-line, of course I’ll read it. And not to mention, the twists and turns that the book kept me in just made me love it even more. Yet, you’ll be used to Jay’s beautiful writing style. It’s different and lyrical almost.
This is one of those fast paced books that kept me up late to finish reading it. So freaking great! Stunning novel. I am in awe of the world Jay Kristoff built. A must-read y’all seriously. See the epicness made me have a southern accent.
And just another note, the amount of detail and work in the cover alone astounds me. It’s freaking gorgeous. I can’t help but want it as a wallpaper!
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