This week, I’m daring you to read a pretty special book. You might have read Jenn rave about STORMDANCER in her review or she might have caught your attention with her post titled Why Whedonites Will Love Stormdancer (P.s. I totally agree with everything she says in this post). However, while Jenn’s words made me anticipate reading the book more and more, it’s not what first caught my attention. I fell in love with the book when I first saw the cover. And then, when I read the synopsis, I knew I was hooked.
By combining steampunk with fantasy, and mixing in Japanese culture, Jay Kristoff is without a doubt a genius. It might sound like an odd mix but it definitively works. The story is awesome, the characters are authentic but above all, the imagery transports you into an original world that will amaze you and surprise you.
I have to commend Kristoff’s beautiful writing because he makes it seem effortless. As a reader, I’m hooked and will buy anything he writes, and if I were an aspiring writer, I would definitively envy his talent. But what’s more, even if a book was well written and had the most original story possible, I think anything with these awesome action scenes would make the story worth reading.
With Jenn’s posts, clearly I’m not the only one here that thinks STORMDANCER is a worthy Daring You To Read choice. I leave you with one final word that has probably been used to describe this book (too) many times: EPIC!
The scoop on STORMDANCER:
The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.
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 HIDDEN GIFT
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.
Daring You To Read is a weekly feature here on Tynga’s Reviews where we dare you to read some of our favorite older releases (at least 6 months old). All the books/series we choose to feature are titles we adored and think you should give them a shot! We think it’s a super awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!
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