Trail of Lightning eARC Review

 

 

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1)

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GoodReads:
2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL
2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
2019 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
‘Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick.” The New York Times
‘An excitingly novel tale.” Charlaine Harris
‘Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant.” Daniel José Older
‘Crafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling postapocalyptic landscape’ Kate Elliott
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unravelling clues from ancient legends, trading favours with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.

Purchase Links

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My Review

 

I’m sorry, please forgive me Bookish Universe for taking so long to read this book.

If you’re wondering why I’m reading an eARC of this not exactly new release, it’s because it’s about to be new to UK stores!

Anyway, onto the important stuff, I LOVE THIS BOOK IT IS A GIFT FROM ROANHORSE TO US LESSER BEINGS.

That first comment from ‘NY Times’ about cancelling ‘Supernatural’ and getting five seasons of this…let’s make that happen because I would crowdfund like a mofo to make that happen. [Side note: Absolutely adored ‘Supernatural’ seasons 1-6, liked 7-11, then just forgot to watch the rest.]

Mags is the utmost kick ass protagonist while also still being so flawed that you realize just how vulnerable she really is. She’s complex and layered [like an onion for you Shrek fans] and I like her shoot first ask questions later attitude. Sure it gets her into more trouble than anything else, but it makes for one hell of an adventure.

Parallel to her is Kai, he’s not afraid to be vulnerable or to use words instead of guns or fists. He’s the grandson of the Medicine Man Tah who has helped her pick herself up after being left by her mentor, and at Tah’s suggestion Kai and Mags team up to try and tackle the answer to these new monsters roaming the land.

It’s a bit of a monster hunting mystery adventure and I’m 500% there for it.

They run into cryptic signs that this is just the beginning of something larger than just a monster hunt, and with the words of the trickster Coyote guiding them at times, Mags finds the clues all pointing to someone she didn’t expect.

I loved the side characters as well as our main peeps and I think they were so well fleshed out.

But really, the most amazing part of this all is the World Building, culture focus, and creativity. Hands down one of the best fantasy books I have EVER read and I can’t wait to read book 2!

This book was above and beyond my already high expectations considering my friends had all raved about it. They were all correct. Roanhorse gives us this lush and amazing world and background and history and magic and character development and lore, well, you get the point. This was a SUPERB read and I can’t believe I hadn’t read it before today. I would say that Mags is a completely complex and full protagonist, with wonderful flaws and an amazing spirit. The sub-characters were just as great, and though I did adore Kai, I think perhaps Tah was my favorite.

A flawless first book in The Sixth World.

Thanks to NetGalley and HodderBooks for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Pros:
– Worldbuilding
– Culture central lore, magic, and myth
– Awesome magic system
– Clans with unique powers and a unique distribution of them [see magic system point above]
– Perfect for Supernatural fans
– Tah is the best
– Fighting scenes that are GREAT
– Mythical creatures and beings running amok
– Monster Hunting
– Everything
Cons:
– You can’t function without knowing what happens in the next book.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Locus and World Fantasy awards. Her novel Trail of Lightning was selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NRP Best Books of 2018, among others, and is a 2019 Nebula Finalist.

Her short fiction can be found in Apex Magazine, New Suns, and various other anthologies. Her non-fiction can be found in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (Macmillan).

She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.

Author Links

Website | GoodReads | Twitter

 

 

The Girl The Sea Gave Back

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Synopsis:
“But what did these warriors know about fate?
It was the curling, wild vine that choked out the summer crops. It was the wind that bent wayward currents and damned innocent souls to the deep. They hadnt’ seen th stretch of it or the way it could shift suddenly, lik a flock of startled birds. Fate’s hand was something they said because they didn’t understand it.
That’s what I was for.
Set ten years later int he same vividly imagined world of Sky in the Deep and featuring an adult Halvard, The Girl the Sea Gave Back promises to be a refreshingly new, yet familiar addition to the captivating series.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast, the rune stones and see into the future. Tova has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.
For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect ther newfound power? And when their chieftan looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again – a home.

Book Information:
Written By: Adrienne Young
Published by: Titan Books [UK]
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Format: Paperback & eBook
Price: £8.99
9781789091298|320 PP

My Review

I think this book is so different than its predecessor, as in that it feels like it’s there for the pure love of prose and I am completely there for that. This is set in the same world as Sky in the Deep but ten years later. This means the world has already been set up in a large fashion. Still though, Young makes it easy for someone who hasn’t read her previous novel to dive right in. [Pun intended]

Tova is a character who has always been on the outside looking in of the people around her. We’re allowed to dive deep into her mind and insecurities while we are also shown Halvard, switching between the two all the while being tugged along by this almost mystical connection that seems to lay between them.

The battle scenes were some of my favorites and Young has a true talent for writing them.

While the story switches between Tova and Halvard, it was truly Tova’s story in my mind, the girl that washed up in a burnt-out funeral pyre. She constantly shows an inner strength despite the self-doubt and insecurities and that made her feel so real and I loved her for it. [I do have to admit though, haha, Gunther was actually my favorite character.]

I would have liked to explore Halvard as he has aged ten years since the last book but I did appreciate that the focus was on Tova’s story that just happened to revolve around him in its own way. You did feel his motivation and the love he had for his. family and that was quite poignant.

Halvard is a strong warrior but he’s also someone who still observes and listens and that was his true strength, especially in his connection to Tova.

Lost in a world that is not her own, but unable to remember her own, Tova has dealt with the hand she assumed life had dealt her, living a parallel life to a clan that resents and fears her, not knowing the true love of family, and yet still retaining a heart capable of empathy and kindness.

Though Tova is a Truthtongue, she has weaknesses and other strengths and the fact that Young explores so much of Tova in so little time is pretty impressive.

This was a slower-paced novel with fates intertwined through the power of rune stones though Tova tries to make sense of it all.  Despite the fact she can read the stones, the future is never clear.

Four cups of coffee from me!

Thank you to  Sarah Mather/Titan Books for a copy of this for me to honestly review!

 

 

About the Author

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun. Adrienne is the author of the New York Times bestseller Sky in the Deep and the forthcoming The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

 

The Path Keeper Blog Tour

Hey everyone! That’s right, I implemented my new schedule, there was no post yesterday. It was pretty nice considering I was totally dead to the world after being in the car for a good chunk and picking one of my besties from the airport!

I was also reading the last bit of The Path Keeper as well! Funnily enough I got this one off NetGalley and then signed up for the tour forgetting I already had it on my tbr, so, this is doing double the job for me haha. Also thanks to BHC Press for the copy and to Anne Cater for letting me join the tour!

[Just in case, I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.]

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Synopsis:

What if our lives were mapped out before birth? Does anyone have the power to change their destiny?

Ella hates London. She misses her old life in Spain and is struggling to get over her past—until she meets Zac. He’s always loved her but isn’t meant to be part of her story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense. A world full of danger, lies and magic.

The Path Keeper is a passionate tale of first loves, second chances and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?

Book Information:
On-sale: May 28, 2019

Imprint: BHC Press Formats: Hardcover/Trade Softcover/Ebook Page Count: 416 Hardcover/392 Softcover Library of Congress Number: 2018948480

Hardcover: $26.95 ISBN: 978-1-947727-80-9 Dimensions/Binding: 5.5 x 8.5/Dustjacket

Trade Softcover: $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-947727-81-6 Dimensions/Binding: 5.5 x 8.5/Perfect

Ebook: $7.99 ISBN: 978-1-947727-82-3 Ebook Formats: Epub/Mobi/PDF

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance Distribution: Ingram/Overdrive/Publisher Rights: Worldwide Author Resides: Netherlands & Spain

Media Contact: Joni Firestone Phone: 248-982-9069 Email: books@bhcpress.com

 

Trigger Warning

My Review

An enjoyable read that I was not expecting to be so engrossing! Oh sure I was intrigued but N.J. Simmonds knows how to build up to the end and she weaves multiple lives and pasts in such a great manner, the show of a talented storyteller in my opinion. Honestly, I found this a refreshing take on some old ideas. It’s not often that something makes me pause and think ‘ah, you know what, I really like the way they did that, it’s not something done a lot or at all!’ I’m not trying to gush but after a bit of a slow start I thought this really picked up the pace.

There’s reincarnation, hot mysterious boys, a girl with a pretty face and a ‘sailor’s mouth’ and layers to the lives depicted by the characters that Simmonds brings to life.

There are not enough flashbacks in my opinion because I think that’s where Simmonds shines the most in her writing skills, also I love how she describes Spain, it’s as if she’s painting a picture with her words and you can just close your eyes and imagine you’re there. The lore/mythology/religious knowledge she uses, she uses with a great personal twist. Like I said earlier it’s not often where someone gets me to go ‘yay’ with the reinvention of an old idea and I think Simmonds did this well and did her homework!

Not to mention I couldn’t get enough of the flashbacks and with an ending like that, I really can’t wait for the next book!

This was a solidly enjoyable read, the only reason I didn’t give it four stars is that I, unfortunately, was not a huge fan of Ella our MC, but I loved her background and I didn’t hate her, I just didn’t always find her believable, though I can say I liked her so much more at the end than I had the first 25% of the book. When we focus less on her being seen as a celebrity and more as herself. The Ella behind the superficial layers is someone I want to know more of. [And I found that I didn’t believe she could have been a celebrity but then I remember…Paris Hilton, so like, it’s not that far fetched really!]

It’s a rather steamy YA read! So if you like scenes like that, you’re in for a treat! I didn’t mind them but as usual, in my case, there are other things I look for in a book to make or break it for me.

Content warning necessary, and showed in the book’s picture, to expound upon it: Rape, sexual assault, attempted suicide.

 

About the Author

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Natali Drake, who writes under the pen name of N.J. Simmonds, has written articles for various UK newspapers and online publications. In 2015 she co- founded the online magazine The Glass House Girls and is a regular contributor. Originally from north London, she now divides her time between her two homes in the Netherlands and Spain with her husband and two daughters.

 

Rest of the Tour Schedule

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