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Stormdancer: The Lotus War Bk. 1

Stormdancer  - Jay Kristoff I think this is one of the most toughest reviews I’ve recently had to write, so please excuse me if this review seems a little incoherent as since I’ve finished Stormdancer all I’ve wanted to do is run around flailing my arms in the air. I honestly had no idea that Stormdancer would be this good. Yes I saw several 5 star reviews filtering in before I picked it up, but recently I’ve been disappointed by so many reads when my expectations were too high, so I decided to go into this not expecting too much just in case.But honestly Stormdancer just blew me away! Yukiko and her father Masaru have been ordered by the Shogun Yoritomo-no-miya on what Yukiko thinks it’s a wild goose chase to locate the mythical creature Arashitora. These creatures are supposedly extinct and so Yukiko knows they are going on a pointless mission. But Masaru is obliged to do as the Shogun says as he has the power to take everything he loves away from him, even his own life. So going into something she didn’t want to in the first place, Yukiko ends up in an even precarious situation, with their ship capsizing with everyone on board she ends up stuck on an island somewhere alone with the thunder tiger.This book was highly addictive from the first few pages, the pacing was just incredible, there was always something that kept you on your toes, you’d think everything would die down as one situation had cleared up but then you’d find yourself smack bang in the middle of another one. The world building was crazy, from arashitora’s (part eagle, part tiger creatures) to oni’s (demon of yomi underworld) and then there were super tense moments which left me totally slack jawed. Kristoff’s writing is simply flawless, I could go on and on about how his descriptions were so detailed (some may be put off by this and find it too detailed) but I was totally mesmerised. They provided such vivid detail and breathtakingly beautiful imagery, I felt as if I was right there with Yukiko experiencing everything first hand.The central character Yukiko certainly made reading Stormdancer a worthwhile experience for me. She was brave, fearless, intelligent and so many things that I could never be if I found myself in similar situations. Several other characters also left great impressions on me; Buruu and Kin, I hope we get to delve much deeper into these characters in the next book especially with Kin.I know if I keep prattling about the plot and characters this review will probably turn into a full blown novella and I will give the entire plot away. I know my review will fall way short of being able to describe just how much of an epic masterpiece this book is. All I can suggest is that you pick up this book as soon as possible (please so that I can gush about it some more). This review and more can be found on The Readers Den