Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge, 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge
Rating: 3 stars
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 SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
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.
Jay Kristoff has opened a new realm of fantasy with Stormdancer. Enticing and lush, the world of Stormdancer is one that will captivate readers from the start.
The dynamics of the world were fascinating. I loved the worldbuilding and all the elements of the world. My favorite part of Stormdancer was easily exploring the world and finding out more.
That being said, I found myself confused at the plot. Some of the characters seemed to blend together in my mind and I had trouble remembering which events connected with which character. I never really got into the story and I felt distanced from it. I finished reading and never really had any emotions towards the entirety of the book and I felt like I should have.
I loved Buruu. He was hands down my favorite character of the book. His bluntness and subtle affection towards Yukiko was too awesome.
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff was a beautifully descriptive narrative from an author I am intrigued to see more from. While Stormdancer had its flaws for me, the writing and the worldbuilding were exceptional. I loved the idea and premise, but for me, this was one that fell a bit flat.