It's time for another book club in tandem with this year's Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (and you can still sign up for that). As mentioned previously, Rachel & I are teaming up every other month to read a book or a series from a fantasy author we've never tried before. And we want YOU to join us! We're excited to invite you to be a part of our first Jay Kristoff reading experience, as we read The Lotus War trilogy. As with the previous months, we will have no specific read-along dates, though you generally get two months (May and June) to read. But we will be reading the trilogy this May, and sharing our thoughts in June!
There's a total of three books to read this month - Stormdancer, Kinslayer and Endsinger. It's difficult to explain exactly what this story is about (particularly since I didn't read the summaries of the second and third in order to prevent myself from being spoiled), so I'll just share the Goodreads synopsis for the first book below:
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.
Honestly, this series sounds amazing, and I love that it's inspired by Japanese culture! I absolutely cannot wait to dive in this month, and I hope many of you will be joining us too, whether for a reread or for a first time read.
Will you be joining us in reading these books this month?
Have you read either of these books before?