A SHATTERED EMPIREThe mad Sh gun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously by endorsing a new Sh gun who desires nothing than to see Yukiko dead.A DARK LEGACYYukiko and the mighty thuA SHATTERED EMPIREThe mad Sh gun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously by endorsing a new Sh gun who desires nothing than to see Yukiko dead.A DARK LEGACYYukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kag rebellion But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control Along with Buruu, Yukiko s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo s clutches But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he d rather die than see realized.A GATHERING STORMKag assassins lurk within the Sh gun s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins A waif from Kigen s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.The ghosts of a blood stained past.
Kinslayer A SHATTERED EMPIREThe mad Sh gun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation s bro
KINSLAYER is the best book I ve ever written Of course, I ve only written two proper books well three actually, but the first one was about vampires and never got published and jesus wtf me thinking that was a good idea And I tend to be biased about my books, given that I m usually the one that wrote them But, I would five star the hell out of this thing, if the idea of authors rating their own books were not abhorrent to me on a molecular level image error The plot is difficult to talk about wi [...]
Kristoff has said, many times, that he doesn t believe in happy endings For the sake of all his readers, I once took him out for drinks and tried to get him terribly drunk The one flaw in my plan being that I am 5 8 and he is 7 monster My intention was to discover his true plans for the Stormdancer trilogy, and his earnestness about causing angst and heartbreak to his readers.Alas, good folks, I can only surmise that Kristoff truly believes in neither happy endings or sparing his readers pain Ki [...]
Well, Kristoff doesn t play around in this one It does take a while before things really get going, but holy shizz I m not sure what I m feeling right now It s a little George R R Martin This guy is giving Pierce Brown a run for his money as far as the sucker punches go I am not even sure what to say without spoiling This is not a fluffy story There is a lot of trauma, violence, struggling, misery rape, kidnapping, torture Jeez I mean, it isn t graphically described, but close enough It was a li [...]
I really did not intend to read this book I feel like I got my fill of said my piece in the Stormdancer review, and who wants to retread other than Kinslayer, BA ZING So you guys and I can thank Shiori and my pitiful resistance to peer pressure for this, another miserable two month, 500 page slog Also, UNMARKED SPOILERS ABOUND in this review.First things first the sama as sir and hai as yes thing which, I ll have you know, was a totally intentional linguistic twist, I don t know why you re so up [...]
In the wake of Yukiko slaying the Shogun, Hiro is tapped to wed Aisha and be the new Shogun to save the Shima Imperium Meanwhile, Yukiko s powers are out of control and she and Buruu head north seeking knowledge Will they return in time to aid the Kage and stop Hiro s impending wedding I received this book from the fine folks at St Martin s in exchange for reviewing it Kinslayer is the second book in the Lotus War trilogy and Jay Kristoff Empire Strikes Backed the hell out of it Things start off [...]
This book went a bit to the dark side and when I say a bit I really mean close to the entire enchilada Or at least it feels that way compared to the first book, which wasn t all rainbow s and sunshine but still felt like a walk in the park by comparison.No one is safe No one is guaranteed to be here at the end No one is definitely playing for team good if there is such a thing It was amazing how by halfway through the story I had no idea who I should like, who I should trust or who I want to com [...]
So Much Blood Review to come.
See reviews at YA Midnight Reads4.5 starsThank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this copy No compensation was given or taken to alter this review Your anger can topple mountains Crush empires Change the very shape of the world He pressed the blade into her hand, watched her cool eyes the colour of steel Your anger is a gift The amount of twists Kinslayer occupies makes me wonder how I will progress through writing this review This book twisted my guts I uPUNagise This book twisted my [...]
FEATHERS GROW BACK SISTERS DO NOT I miss Yukiko and Buruu already
This cover is badass I love it even than Stormdancer s And you can win an ARC at Cuddlebuggery Are you kidding me Of course I m reading this The lotus must bloom.
SpoilersMeh, there were some good parts but the majority of Kinslayer was boring The writing didn t work for me, there were too many awkwardly phrased sentences and descriptions The number of made up places names titles irritated me, I had to keep looking at the glossary because I didn t know what most of the words meant The different titles and such just made the story confusing There were too many POV s The only ones I really liked were Michi and Hana s POV, they were both great Yukiko was dec [...]
Hello, precious.OW MY HEART Read This Review More Like It On Ageless Pages Reviews Jay Kristoff looks a lot like Dave Grohl has a lot of imagination a tendency to pull no punches the ability to craft a viable, complex, interesting world breaks my brain with every book he has writtenLast year, Jay burst onto the scene with his steampunkian fantasy of an almost Japan here called the Shima Imperium with his debut novel, Stormdancer The hype began early, built over months of anticipation, and swelle [...]
HACE FALTA VALOR PARA DECIR ADI S PARA MIRAR ALGO QUE HAS PERDIDO Y RECONOCER QUE SE HA IDO PARA SIEMPRE ALGUNAS L GRIMAS ET N FORJADAS EN HIERRO view spoiler No me esperaba la traici n de Kin, tuve que leer varias veces para poder procesarlo O hide spoiler
I read this in 6 hours Then again D.E.V.O.T.E.D.A warm and lovely thanks to St Martin s Griffin Thomas Dunne Books Macmillan US for sending a floppy ARC all the way to Australia for me to devour, and also thanks to Jay for getting me one A breakdown of the moments after I received a package from Macmillan US containing Kinslayer Mum Braiden, can you put the clothes on the line Empty the dishwasher Vacuum the floor Clean the bench Me Mum All right I m off Love you.Me pretend the cat is the packag [...]
4.75 stars No spoilers I feel basically the same way as I did after reading Stormdancer with only a modicum of negativity The writing is beautiful, the characters are amazing, the plot was for the most part really gripping, and the ending was crazy.These books are really bringing emotions out in me and it s so strange I m laughing out loud, I m scared for the characters, I m almost crying at points Books very rarely evoke such extreme emotions from me.My only problem with this second instalment [...]
5 5He sufrido mucho con este libro, me he enfadado y he llorado Pero es tan genial que se lo perdono.
What an extraordinary book Jay Kristoff truly writes epic fantasy, and in KINSLAYER he seemingly effortlessly takes everything in STORMDANCER to the next level.You ll be reacquainted with old friends and enemies and meet plenty of new ones, falling in love along the way The characters risk everything, and some lose it all you ll have your heart broken over and over again, and you ll stand up and cheer, and every minute of it will be worth it You ll travel to new places, and see parts of Kristoff [...]
Ahhhh this one was even better than the first one And that s saying something I freakin love this trilogy Jay Kristoff is a genius.
Qu dif cil es rese ar este libro, la verdad Estuve luchando con l durante m s o menos un mes, cuando yo soy de leer libros de este tipo en, como mucho, dos o tres d as Esto podr a no significar nada, claro, pero en este caso es un dato muy importante Leer este libro me agotaba al punto de que solo quer a leer algunos cap tulos por d a, aunque me interesara o la historia estuviera buena Es ese tipo de libro, supongo En la rese a de Tormenta quiz s no lo dije, pero ahora me di cuenta de a qu otra [...]
Last year, I was really blown away by Jay Kristoff s debut, Stormdancer Though this often isn t the case, I m actually impressed with the sequel This does seem to have been a trend lately, and I do hope it continues, especially if the book world is going to continue to be overrun with series But I digress Kinslayer is darker, creepier, and intense than its predecessor If you re one of those people who thinks characters meeting gruesome ends is a necessity in epic works, get excited, because Ja [...]
This book made me lose my faith in the power of love.I mean I always had a voice at the back of my mind Dumbledore s to be precise telling me that love is the greatest of all magic Then he would also tell me I was a witch, fooled by my insecure muggle parents all these years and would be whisked a way to the world of magicKinslayer almost destroyed that.How So Much Betrayal.This book had the whole pseudo Japanese Steampunk thingie going on as was in the first book but on a whole darker level And [...]
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.Kinslayer starts off with a bang and it doesn t stop there It just keeps running full steam ahead There was so many plot lines and different things going on all at the same time that I was never bored So many revelationsYou never know who to trust There s so many people I wanted to trust, but at the same time knew they would betray their friends Yukiko and Hir [...]
No time for a review, must start book number 3
Before Reading LOOK AT THE COVERS OH MY GOODNESS SO PRETTY.This is the UK cover Super gorgeous Yukiko is ready to slice people open Awesome Also, the waterfall is lovely I am in love with this cover And this is the US And while I loved the UK, I completely adore the US For the first book I preferred the UK, but This captures the book SO WELL Also, Buruu is such a big part of the story that I feel like he needs to be on the cover and he wasn t on the cover of the UK So I think this is my favorite [...]
4.5 stars It s going to be extremely difficult to talk about the sheer awesomeness of this book without giving spoilers, but darn it, I m going to try In general I tend not to do spoilers in reviews, but important is the fact that I simply don t think anything will compare to the emotional rollercoaster of experiencing all the ups and downs of this book yourself Like the first book, though, it took me a while to get into the story However, it s significant to note that some of the best books I [...]
4.5 I am the daughter of foxes Slayer of Shoguns Ender of empires The greatest tempest Shima has ever known waits in the wings for me to call its name, and its coming will shake her foundations like the drums of the Thunder God Why did I wait this long before reading Kinslayer Truly a mystery I mean, I bought like two minutes after finishing Stormdancer in April, last year Yeah, last year And yet I was so scared, I was a bit afraid of reading Kinslayer Izanagi s balls I don t even know why.Anywa [...]
ESTE LIBRO TUVO MI CORAZ N EN UN PU O No se puede contar mucho de la trama porque seria spoiler pero enserio todo lo que pasa al final del libro me ha hecho sufrir.Los personajes, madre m a sobre todos los femeninos son muy fuertes.Yukiko excelente como siempre, cuando te enteras de lo que le sucede quedas como wtf.Oh my dear Michi, en el anterior libro ya hab a aparecido pero en este conquisto mi coranzoncito, que personaje mas roto por su pasado pero tan fuerte y valiente Toda sus acciones me [...]
Short review Yukiko is back, and so is Buruu, with a bunch of new POVs which i was angry about Yuki s and Kin s were all i wanted, but i eventually wanted the others too They played important parts in the story.New characters Hana aka No one Exciting girl.Yoshi Hana s brother I had to say it Mario JurouYoshi s boyfriend Daken Hana and Yoshi s cat.DaichiKag s leader.AyaneAll i m going to say is poor girl I liked you.PiotrKaoriI really liked the book And so would you And even though i still hope H [...]
Stormdancer was one of my favourite books of 2012 I m happy to report that Kinslayer not only lived up to the first epic story but completely surpassed it in awesome Excuse me while I have a bit of a gushy moment I ll try to describe what I love about this book without actually talking about what happens you need to read that for yourself.It s been a few months since Yukiko and Buruu killed Shogun Yoritomo, losing her father and kick starting a massive rebellion in the process The Stormdancer an [...]
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways, I wasn t the huge fan of Stormdancer I really enjoyed, but there was just something missing from it I really wanted to love Stormdancer, but it didn t really live up to my expectations Kinslayer is a whole another story, I loved every single word and sentence Kinslayer takes everything I loved about Stormdancer and reciprocates them tenfold in such an intriguing fashion Few sequels surpass their predecessors and Kinslayer is DEFINITELY one of tho [...]