Review: ‘Stormdancer’ by Jay Kristoff and ARC Giveaway

Review: ‘Stormdancer’ by Jay Kristoff and ARC GiveawayStormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #1
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on September 18th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Pages: 313
Format: ARC
Source: bought in-store
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 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.

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.

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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!


I wish I were anywhere but here with you.
To be a servant can be a noble thing, but only as noble as the master served.

contest giveaway

Rules and Regulations

  • Ends on September 18th, 2012
  • Must be 13 years old or older
  • Canadian residents only
  • Shipping will be provided by Canada Post
  • Winners have 48 hours to reply

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  1. walkinnatjar

    December 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    This book caught my attention right away. Anything worrior-y does and Stromdancer is definitely a book I am looking forward to reading in the future, after I finish my current stack of books :”)

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  3. Alina P.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Great review! I think I’ll buy it for my cousin, it’s not my type of book…

  4. Stephanie

    September 24, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    This book sounds really good!

  5. Felicia

    September 16, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    I really want to read this book! I’ve read so many good reviews about. You review makes me want to read it even more! 🙂

  6. Iani

    September 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    This book sounds so amazing ! Your review make me want to read it even more !

  7. Piero Giorno

    September 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    The book has the makings of a terrific read. Many thanks for this great giveaway.

  8. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    August 29, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    This sounds like a great read! I like books that are fast paced! I’m glad it met your exprctaions 🙂

    Thanksfor the review and giveaway!

  9. Ashley

    August 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    I’m so glad you loved this book! I loved it too! I’m mad because I didn’t know about the glossary in the back until AFTER I finished the book… LOL! I was definitely kicking myself for that because the beginning had a pretty heavy array of insane Japanese words with no explanations.

  10. Michelle

    August 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! Been looking forward to this book 😀

  11. Camille

    August 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I was really on the fence about this book, but now I will have to check it out (how can I say no to a bad ass female main character?). Thanks for the review!

  12. Natalie

    August 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    This sounds pretty epic! And steampunk is involved somehow? I’m definitely in! Great review! And thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Jackie @ RazOrbill Canada

    August 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    What and amazing giveaway and review!! And you changed your blog around again! Sheesh I need to visit more often! lol. Anyway WOW!! What a book! Even if I dont win I am going to definitely buy a copy 😀 Love how you learnt some Japanese as well from it !! Love cultural books like that!

  14. Krystianna

    August 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    I love it when a book has flashbacks. It really helps you understand the character more. I wasn’t so sure about this one but I guess I’m definitely going to have to check it out! I love it when I learn things while reading, so it’s pretty cool that you learned some Japanese. 🙂

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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