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Stormdancer (Lotus War Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

There have been only a few times that I have been rendered speec

There have been only a few times that I have been rendered speechless in my life with not even a single coherent thought passing through my head. This is one of those moments. When I finished the last page of the book I was numb – numb from realization that I did not ha...
There have been only a few times that I have been rendered speechless in my life with not even a single coherent thought passing through my head. This is one of those moments. When I finished the last page of the book I was numb – numb from realization that I did not have any more to read of this wonderful, this magnificent piece of book called Stormdancer. I want more.

I knew this book would have been amazing… look at the cover, look at the blurb, look at the fact that it is a Japanese Steampunk featuring Thunder Tigers and Chainsaw Katanas – but the enormity of its amazingness blew me away. It was like reading a manga in text – the world was that vivid, the book was that action packed, the mythology was that enthralling, the characters that compelling – I can find no better praise to give a fantasy novel.

I am in awe. Literally. This book made me feel so many emotions at once I was like a ferris wheel rotating while running in full speed over a rollercoaster. I laughing hard at the dialogues one moment (Yes, Jay you are one witty man) and then slack-jawed the next. I cried while reading this book… (view spoiler) I loved the narrative with alternating viewpoints. I loved the way the action sequences were described – smoothly and kickass-ly. There were no vague gestures and no underscoring the attacks – they were there in all the gory and not-so-gory details. But the best part of Jay’s writing was the show and tell method – the information about the world, the beasts, the myths, the characters – they were written flawlessly that I did not feel either information overload or the lack of proper explanations. I was really glad that the romance was downplayed (really downplayed) and the heroine had her priorities straight. Saving the world with her great Thunder Tiger first; fantasies of the samurai with the blue-green eyes later.

Hands down, Yukiko was an amazing protagonist – beautiful, sarcastic, kickass, brave, kickass, smart, kickass and for extra emphasis kickass again. I can count in my single hand the YA protagonists who didn’t make me feel like my brain cells were dying just by the realization that I was also a teenage girl like them. I didn’t even roll my eyes at Yukiko’s actions even once, I didn’t even want to. The girl got my respect. As did Buuru. Buuru was the soul of this book. I was thinking HOLY FRICKIN’ HELL I WANT A PET GRIFFIN! He was that awesome. The way he slowly warmed up to Yukiko and got ready to fight the battles together was amazing! Heck, everything about Stormdancer was amazing!!

The Oni were creepy. The Lotusmen were creepier. Kin was adorable. Hiro was…there. Amaterasu, Izanami, Izanagi, Susano-¿, Tsukiyomi reminded me of Itachi Uchiha (who, in my, opinion is the greatest manga character of all time). The mythical world was fresh and interesting. The legends of the past Stormdancers and the stories of the long ago Gods were captivating. I would love to elaborate more about every frigging part of the book but honestly, I am running out of positive adjectives. I’m still stuck in the fact that it is over... and I don’t have the sequel yet!

Stormdancer is not just a book, it is THE book. THE book that breaks all the clichés in YA and gives us a fresh story to read. THE book with the storyline and fantasy that has not been recycled, reused, raped and printed by countless books before it. THE book with a heroine who knows what she’s doing, why she’s doing it and her reasons actually makes sense. THE book with a best friend who is not only a friggin’ Thunder Tiger but also witty, sarcastic and loyal. THE book with Chainsaw Katanas.

Seriously? What other reasons you need to read this book?

5 Stars! No doubt about it!!There have been only a few times that I have been rendered speechless in my life with not even a single coherent thought passing through my head. This is one of those moments. When I finished the last page of the book I was numb – numb from realization that I did not have any more to read of this wonderful, this magnificent piece of book called Stormdancer. I want more.

I knew this book would have been amazing… look at the cover, look at the blurb, look at the fact that it is a Japanese Steampunk featuring Thunder Tigers and Chainsaw Katanas – but the enormity of its amazingness blew me away. It was like reading a manga in text – the world was that vivid, the book was that action packed, the mythology was that enthralling, the characters that compelling – I can find no better praise to give a fantasy novel.

I am in awe. Literally. This book made me feel so many emotions at once I was like a ferris wheel rotating while running in full speed over a rollercoaster. I laughing hard at the dialogues one moment (Yes, Jay you are one witty man) and then slack-jawed the next. I cried while reading this book… I loved the narrative with alternating viewpoints. I loved the way the action sequences were described – smoothly and kickass-ly. There were no vague gestures and no underscoring the attacks – they were there in all the gory and not-so-gory details. But the best part of Jay’s writing was the show and tell method – the information about the world, the beasts, the myths, the characters – they were written flawlessly that I did not feel either information overload or the lack of proper explanations. I was really glad that the romance was downplayed (really downplayed) and the heroine had her priorities straight. Saving the world with her great Thunder Tiger first; fantasies of the samurai with the blue-green eyes later.

Hands down, Yukiko was an amazing protagonist – beautiful, sarcastic, kickass, brave, kickass, smart, kickass and for extra emphasis kickass again. I can count in my single hand the YA protagonists who didn’t make me feel like my brain cells were dying just by the realization that I was also a teenage girl like them. I didn’t even roll my eyes at Yukiko’s actions even once, I didn’t even want to. The girl got my respect. As did Buuru. Buuru was the soul of this book. I was thinking HOLY FRICKIN’ HELL I WANT A PET GRIFFIN! He was that awesome. The way he slowly warmed up to Yukiko and got ready to fight the battles together was amazing! Heck, everything about Stormdancer was amazing!!

The Oni were creepy. The Lotusmen were creepier. Kin was adorable. Hiro was…there. Amaterasu, Izanami, Izanagi, Susano-¿, Tsukiyomi reminded me of Itachi Uchiha (who, in my, opinion is the greatest manga character of all time). The mythical world was fresh and interesting. The legends of the past Stormdancers and the stories of the long ago Gods were captivating. I would love to elaborate more about every frigging part of the book but honestly, I am running out of positive adjectives. I’m still stuck in the fact that it is over... and I don’t have the sequel yet!

Stormdancer is not just a book, it is THE book. THE book that breaks all the clichés in YA and gives us a fresh story to read. THE book with the storyline and fantasy that has not been recycled, reused, raped and printed by countless books before it. THE book with a heroine who knows what she’s doing, why she’s doing it and her reasons actually makes sense. THE book with a best friend who is not only a friggin’ Thunder Tiger but also witty, sarcastic and loyal. THE book with Chainsaw Katanas.

Seriously? What other reasons you need to read this book?

5 Stars! No doubt about it!!

posted by shayana on September 19, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I am just so disappointed in Stormdancer. This is one of the few

I am just so disappointed in Stormdancer. This is one of the few books during my one year of blogging that I DNF-d. I always ask myself, whenever I contemplate whether to DNF a book or not if I am enjoying the novel, if I am easily distracted while reading it, if I even...
I am just so disappointed in Stormdancer. This is one of the few books during my one year of blogging that I DNF-d. I always ask myself, whenever I contemplate whether to DNF a book or not if I am enjoying the novel, if I am easily distracted while reading it, if I even understand what is going on, and lastly if I want to find out the ending or how the story progresses and reaches the end. Unfortunately for Stormdancer I just didn't care. The book was SO full of unnecessary details that derailed me from the plot. There are so many new terms and characters that I had to keep on flipping back and forth and try to understand what the hell is going on. Also, I have to stress on this, the detaillllllllls. Why do authors love to complicate things? A person enters the room. Yes describe what they're wearing, what they look like, but don't spend TWO pages giving me descriptions of the surroundings! I was so restless, so fidgety and so easily distracted while reading this novel. I just couldn't enjoy it, and I couldn't even bear to make myself finish. There are multiple books, such as The Unnaturalists and The Diviners, that I made myself go through and finish even though in the end I didn't enjoy them. However Stormdancer, from the first page, couldn't hold my interest. I am so disappointed because this was one of my most anticipated 2012 titles and I actually received a physical ARC of it. Which is why I am giving away my physical ARC for someone else that would appreciate and enjoy this novel.

posted by majibookshelf on November 7, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Rosepaw

    Yeah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Snowfrost

    How oute res six

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Nightfang

    He asits in the corner. He sobs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Fireclaw

    Name: look up <br> <br> Gender: Tom <br> <br> Appearence: pure red tom with black paws <br> <br> Age: 19 moons <br> <br> Crush/mate/kits: no no and no <br> <br> History: You dont wanna know. Lets just day it was bad <br> <br> Family: all killed in battle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Cuddleshard

    Moons old 15. Red eyes black fur.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Mistypaw's bio

    Name: Mistypaw
    Gender: Shecat
    Personality: usually calm, somewhat timid.
    Age: 7 moons
    Appearance: small cat with silver fur and blue eyes.
    Mate/crush/kits: im only a young apprentice, no i dont have any of these
    If i forgot anything, you can say so, i havent done a bio in quite a while

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Moonflower's bio

    Name; moonflower. <br>
    Gender: she-cat <br>
    Personality: meet me <br>
    Appearence: white-gray pelt th a hite underbellt and four white paws and tail tip. Blue eyes. <br>
    Likes: friends, music, mouse, hunting, etc. <br>
    Dislikes: annoying rpers unless randomness rp, wifi that dont work. <br>
    Crush: no <br>
    Mate: no <br>
    Kits: no <br>
    Song: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Brokenhearts bio

    Name: Brokenheart <p> Nickname: Broken <p> Fur: Midnight black. <p> Eyes: Blood red. <p> Gender: Female. <p> Personality: Meet her. <p> Likes: Music, night, MLP, writing and drawing. <p> Dislikes: No wifi, Miley Cyrus, neigh-sayers, math and school. <p> Kits/Mate/Crush: none. <p> Theme Song: Viva la Vida by Coldplay. <p> Fave Band: Coldplay. <p> Fave song: Viva la Vida or Paradise by Coldplay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Marshjay and Fleetsaunter

    Name: Marshjay.<br>Age: 23 moons.<br>Gender: Male.<br>Mate/Crush/Kits: None.<br>Looks: He's a handsome russet cat with bright green eyes and one white paw.<br>Personality: Calm, gentle, flirty, and loyal.<br>History: Unknown.<br>Signature:<br>^~Marshjay~^<p>Name: Fleetsaunter.<br>Age: 23 moons.<br>Gender: Male.<br>Mate/Crush/Kits: None.<br>Looks: He's a silvery-gray color with pale gray eyes.<bR>Personality: Cold, distant, easily distracted.<br>History: Unknown.<br>Signature:<br>*+Fleetsaunter+*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Gracewind

    NAME GracewindGENDER shecat RANK deputy DESC a golden tabby with blue eyes and long fur PERS meet her FRIENDS Darkmoon and Sikverstar are her closest friends. (Used to be ambertree but they got in a fight and things are pretty shaky between them) CRUSH none anymore MATE none KITS neo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Swiftglide's Biography

    Name: Swiftglide Age: 14 moons Gender: She-Cat Description: A white she-cat with a long black tail, black paws, and a black chest. The tip of her right ear shines like the stars in Silverpelt but is unnoticable unless you look close. Personality: Kind, caring, fiercly protective of her clanmates, she will die for her clan, and has a short temper. History: Swiftglide was born to Icestorm of Thunderclan and Lionstripe of Windclan. Swiftglide was raised in Thunderclan but was captured by Twolegs when looking for Catmint to save one of Bramblestar's lives. Spottedleaf came to her in a dream telling her to 'Find the golden sun and help hope.' When Swiftglide woke up she was all alone the Twolegs were gone and a window was open, with this she escaped and ran away from the forest. She wandered for many weeks until she got to another forest. She scented a new scent... cat scent and waited at the border. She saw a golden tom and a brown tom walking towards her. She joined Sunclan and becamw Hopeleafs mate. Her clan was attacked by badgers and she was the only one who survived. She ended up here in Treeclan. Kin: Mother-Icestorm Father-Lionstripe Siblings-unknown Kits-no Mate/crush: no Other.: Swiftglide's roleplayer Megan wants to see the return of the greatness that roleplaying had had when she first started in 2010. She misses the days when they would actualy potrol the borders and hunt realisticly. She also misses the days when people wouldn't godmod and there wouldn't be 'party' cats, she liked the days when Bloodclan was powerful and would rain other clans. Other other: just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Strpepaw

    NAME:stripepaw RANK:appenriice GENDER:tabby tom LOOKS:grey tom with black tabby stripes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Shadowcast

    Age: 13 moons<br>
    Gender: &male<br>
    Crush: erm... well... ive got one for sure...<br>
    Mate: none<br>
    Kits: none, wants some<br>
    Personality: fun, polite, smart, smiley, NOT shy, can be aggressive when he is dealing with threats against his clan, family, or himself.<br>
    Looks: dark gray, almost black, green eyes, handsome.<br>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Bigcloud

    Cherry brown shecat with hazelnut eyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Inycloud ((updated))

    Name: Tinycloud..........
    ?
    ?
    Age: old enough!
    ?
    ?
    Gender: she-cat
    ?
    ?
    Apperance: tiny white she-cat with green eyes and tiny black spots that look like clouds
    ?
    ?
    Crush: not telling........
    ?
    ?
    Mate: Open and waiting....
    ?
    ?
    Kits: None but wants
    ?
    ?
    Kin: Duskstar and Darkwhisker (dad and mom), Starkit (sister), Nightfoot (brother)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Firestorm

    Rank deputy apperince large flame colored tom with smoky blue eyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Snowshadow

    She pads into camp.~ Snowshadow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Saptail

    Age 25 moons appearence a strong built tom with blue eyes personality loyal fierce thinking carig understanding and a little ambitous position warrior history name comes from bad experience with sap when a kit crush none mate none

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    trying

    I'm struggling to get into th book. I know most first books are filled with world building. but im just forcing it too hard and i can't get into it. maybe i'll come back to it and try again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Weak Start, Strong Finish

    Most of the reviews here have given a general sense of what this book is. My general thought is that about the first half of the book is an info dump and mostly world building, which given that it's the first book in a series is understandable. There really wasn't enough going on in terms of moving the plot. HOWEVER, once all of that is out of the way and the book starts to focus on the protagonist and her relationship with the mythical creature, it really picks up. The relationship between the two was heartwarming for me and really enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading more of the series. It just requires patience to get through the set-up in the beginning, which is unfortunate but not enough to deter me from recommending it to others.

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