Series: The Lotus War, #2
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Release Date: September 1, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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A SHATTERED EMPIRE
The mad Shōgun 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 Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.
A DARK LEGACY
Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé 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 STORM
Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’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.
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 brain till all it could do was react with fangirling squeals. It’s no lie that I wasn’t exactly expecting a wow-factor after finishing this read; Stormdancer was difficult in terms of long descriptions and awkward sentence structure and redundancy. Nonetheless, despite a few small flaws, Kinslayer has redeemed my love for this series and the steampunkin’ genre.
Yukiko has never been my favourite character. Not only because Buruu will foreverly hold that position but because she never clicked well to me. However, in Kinslayer I could really start to relate and connect to Yukiko. She’s a cooler version of Katniss Everdeen, undeniably kick-ass and unquestionably with heart and motives. My love for Yukiko as increased unmistakably. Sorry, I should quit the ‘un’ prefix. I am undoubtedly sorry. Furthermore, we have the never-ending friendship of Yukiko and Buruu. Their dialogue always lightens up the dark, war-brewing atmosphere effortlessly without it seeming coerced or clichéd. Buruu is utterly hilarious and completely essential here. It’s what brings Kinslayer together into on successful blob of a novel.
The world building kind of makes me drop my jaw in awe. Clearly, the long descriptions divulge a benefit for readers to fully comprehend and imagine the world Jay Kristoff constructed. The ancient (ish) Japanese setting also seems to create a better 3D effect which is categorically vital with the plot idea (which is also perfection). While my knowledge of the Japanese language is close to zero, (okay, I surrender. I mean none) there is clear evidence of research in the history of Japan and the language grammar, discourse particles et cetera. Feudalism and anarchies here we come!
Something that threw me into the middle of LOVE and WUT was the writing. At times, I found redundant sentences but the writing was absolutely beautiful and atmospheric. It’s story-teller like even. Still, Melanie approves of the writing on whole. Melanie is jealous of Jay Kristoff’s writing. Melanie plans to steal Jay Kristoff’s writing. *Snaps out of trance* The writing, I think, also worked out fabulously with the story lines. There are many story lines present in this novel and the way they all melded and clashed together in the end was certainly crafty. I still cannot stop thinking about it.
Unfortunately, Kinslayer still had flaws- even though they are absolutely miniscule. The pacing was rather slow and bored me in some excerpts but strangely was a fast read for a 600 paged novel. The awkward writing passages and extra unnecessary sentences also came to my attention.
All in all, Kinslayer was a pleasing read that butchered with my heart. From stopping it and making it beat millions of miles per hour. The Lotus War is a series that all readers should be keeping an eye on as this action, plot and characters are fantastically balanced. And of course, Buruu is an epic addition. 😀
~Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this copy!~
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