Stormdancer

Stormdancer

Book - 2012
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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 Shogun 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 Shogun 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 Shogun'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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250001405
1250001404
Branch Call Number: SF KRI
Characteristics: 324 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm

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skiylourex
Oct 23, 2017

I liked this book. It was a little slow going. However, once you get who is who It's pretty cool.

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ScorchingSun
Jun 17, 2017

A mild beginning that gradually reveals a wretched, tyrannical dystopia filled with moral and social outrages worthy of a hardcore revolution.
Resistance lead by a mythical creature and a magical heroine.
Action driven and well written with often poetic passages.

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nidofito
Dec 04, 2014

This book is so good!

The setting, the descriptions, the fights (OMG THE FIGHTS!!), the characters, the conversations (I loved the way the guys swore!) Once you understand the meaning of the Japanese terms for the titles, clothing and weapons in the earlier chapters, you can get lost in this beautiful and horrible world.

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IncendiaAngelus
Sep 13, 2014

A pretty good book. The characters are interesting and the world is pretty cool, too. It felt a bit like a "girl and her horse" type of story for a bit, but by the end it had gotten rather interesting.

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Merenwen
Feb 13, 2013

Why is this in the adult collections when it's marketed as a teen/YA novel?

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