Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
(The Lotus War Book One)

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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.

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 Shogun 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 Shogun 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 Shogun'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.

 

About Jay Kristoff

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JAY KRISTOFF grew up in the most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience, although he's been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. Being the holder of an Arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He is 6'7 and has approximately 13,870 days to live. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, and the world's laziest Jack Russell Terrier.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 337 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Yukiko, 16, has an ability the shogun’s guild would punish with death: She can commune with animals.

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Kristoff’s imaginative debut, the first in a series, presents the feudal, dystopian Shima Empire, a menacing Japanese-inspired setting in which “the lotus must bloom” even though it turns all it touches into a toxic wasteland.

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It’s not like that wasn’t obvious or anything, given that it’s a fantasy featuring a griffin.

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Examiner

A terrific steampunk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk adventure fantasy, Jay Kristoff's debut novel "Stormdancer" http://www.amazon.com/Stormdancer-The-Lotus-War-Book/dp/1250001404 is about a young girl's coming of age as a warrior against a despotic Shogun set in a richly re-imagined Japan.

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The Bookbag

The thrills and action comes with a sobering thought for those willing to listen: whilst we have the strength and ability to make a fist we've the strength and ability to fight wrong in the world.

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SF Signal

With some notable exceptions (such as the work of Cherie Priest and Mark Hodder), much of the steampunk written is very much a mode or a skin that doesn’t engage with the dark side and the consequences of Victorian society.

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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.

Sep 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Stormdancer (The Lotus War Bo...

Fantasy Faction

The steampunk elements were explained very well and made perfect sense within the context of the story - there is a whole level of authority, the Guildsmen, that exist inside a metal ‘skin’, and the preferred method of long distance travel around the island is by airship.

Aug 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Stormdancer (The Lotus War Bo...

Fantasy Faction

The book essentially reveals to you that the characters do find the thunder-tiger and that Yukiko can communicate with the thunder-tiger, which is something that is seen as unholy by the Lotus Guild.

Sep 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Stormdancer (The Lotus War Bo...

The Ranting Dragon

Already in book one, I know that there’s more world hiding behind the scenes and that I’ve been hustled past something truly fantastic that I want to explore now, not in book three.

Dec 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Stormdancer (The Lotus War Bo...

Shades of Sentience

We meet Yukiko and her father Masaru – warriors who have been ordered by their Shogun to do the impossible, capture an extinct animal.

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Alice Marvels

But the mission proves far less impossible, and far more deadly, than anyone expects – and soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company.

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