Kinslayer is Book Two in Jay Kristoff's critically acclaimed Lotus War series that began with Stormdancer, featuring an unforgettable heroine and a stunningly original Japanese dystopian steampunk world.
A shattered empire.... The mad Shogun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The toxic blood lotus flower continues to ravage the land, the deadlands splitting wider by the day. The machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild conspire to renew the nation's broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously - by endorsing a new Shogun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.
A dark legacy.... Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kag rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father's death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control.
Along with Buruu, Yukiko's anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo's clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he'd rather die than see realized.
A gathering storm.... Kag assassins lurk within the Shogun's palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen's gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.
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Enter the tale of betrayel and vengence! Nice.
it is also at my top 5 as was the first installment.
Crown of Glass
It was an experience like the others when listening to Jennifer Ikeda.
I tried to do just that.
This series was one of my best buys. Everyone who would listen to a Great story with a Great delivery.
Greatest Epic Fantasy Story ever read … by Minnie Mouse
Yes, the Author is fantastic. the reader is great, for female roles. NOT male roles.
The Story. It's Fantastic writing. Great Literature!
The only problem, and it is no small one, the BIG problem is the reader. No one can read for a young asian girl, AND a mythological monster, and robotic androids all with the same sweet young female voice. We needed two readers… at least. The reader provided, AND some one who sounds like James Earl Jones; A deep rich voice to be that of the monster, and the monstrous men. The relationship between the monster & the Girl is the center of the special magic of this tale. To listen to the young female reader struggle to make her "pretty" voice deeper is just …. painful.
All voice parts that belong to a man or a monster should have been cut from the poor young woman's script, and handed to a male actor. An OLD Male Actor, who smoked. ..and drank most of his 80 years.
The book STORM DANCER by Jay Kristoff - is one of the rear first time Perfect novels. amazing1 wondrous! Grand! Epic! Maybe Jay had a life-time of thinking about his characters and making them into living breathing real characters and people before he put pen to paper. Sure, it's a long book. You WANT it to be. Every word is poetry! I did not want it to end! I wanted it to be twice as long! It has beautiful language, and a flourish of description, so lacking in bland modern day fantastic literature. A steam-punk world , that, even though it's gritty, is described with beauty. So many authors write dystopian worlds that are heartless, cruel… and leave you feeling sick and dirty. This is a Dark dangerous world but you are also given it's great dark beauty to look upon as well. This makes Jay a REAL DEAL author. Like Tolkien, or Lovecraft. You have to have a brain to enjoy his writing. If you are a child, listen to/read "The Screaming Stair case " by Johnthan Stroud". I you are an adult listen to/read Kristoff. The only problem, and it is no small one, the BIG problem is the reader. No one can read for a young asian girl, AND a mythological monster, and robotic androids all with the same sweet young female voice. We needed two readers… at least. The reader provided, AND some one who sounds like James Earl Jones; A deep rich voice to be that of the monster, and the monstrous men. The relationship between the monster & the Girl is the center of the special magic of this tale. To listen to the young female reader struggle to make her "pretty" voice deeper is just …. painful. Iron Samurai, old men, and other machine-man hybrids, all need deep male voices with a life time of gravel roads behind them, no no no never and not ever a young girl's voice. please. the "author must be cringing every time she speaks for a villain, I know I idid. Think how wonderfully dark and mysterious, and what "High Adventure" a deep male voice would add to this epic tale. I would even put a man's voice through a computer for the voices for the horrid androids. Such a huge mistake. Ridicules really. This is a great trilogy, but it's badly hurt by it's lack of another voice. OH-Gawd - Here she is now, calling back and forth all the evil androids on their great war machine, and she can only raise (!) her voice into an even more lubricous higher pitched silly voice …on no. No no no! … never going any lower. How really sad, because this is such a great book. Oh, it sounds like the muppet show! It's the Lord of the Rings as read by Minnie Mouse! How terrible! I BEG Audible to find another reader. I would happily pay all over agin to hear this wondrous epic fantasy read RIGHT! Please…. no more…no more….oh, this is just awful! HA! It's just silly and stupid! Wasn't anyone paying attention to the material she had to read? This is appallingly bad voice direction! someone needs to be fired over this.
- Old Man Parker "I'm just a crazy old man, what the heck do you care what I think anyways?"