Stormdancer

Doc Stormdancer Edit July You can read the first three chapters of STORMDANCER all typeset and logo ed and

Doc Stormdancer Edit 10 July: You can read the first three chapters of STORMDANCER all typeset and logo'ed and whatnot here.STORMDANCER is my book, so it should go without saying that I love it in the pants. I love it more than that moment at the end of Top Gun when Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise have just killed the bejeezus out of all those commies and Val is all like "You can kiss me on the mouth be my wingman anytime" and the music swells and some deckhand is just wailing on an electric guitar somewhere in the background, everyone all hugging and whatnot. But I’m not going to give my own book a star rating, because that would just feel... weird.But, I should say something about it, since we don’t have covers yet and it can’t speak for itself. Poor baby. :(The book is infiltrating YA lists on Goodreads (many thanks to the awesome people who are voting), but it's being published on an adult imprint. Nobody seems to know what this thing is, what with all the sweary and the stabby and the sexahhh and so-on. For my part, I say only this:But while we’re utilizing visual aids, let me try and explain this whole ‘Japanese-inspired Steampunk dystopia’ deal.See, some people think Steampunk is this:(All corsetry and disturbingly shaped ray guns and what have you...)STORMDANCER is more like this:Combined with this:(She's Chinese, but you get the idea.)So we end up with something like this:(Grrrrr.)Of course, within the pages you will also find some of this:(They won’t be blonde, obviously...)But truthfully, there’s more of this:(She means it…)There will be some of these:(Actually, there are five…)And before I forget, there’s also one of these:(He's kinda important. And he doesn’t really say moo...)Hopefully things are clearer now. To those of you who plan to read STORMDANCER and help me live out this absurd little dream, I give my heartfelt thanks. Sincerely. Love it. Hate it. For agreeing to spend some of your time in this tiny world I’ve made, thank you. I leave you with this looped .gif of Tyrion Lannister teaching his nephew Joffrey what the five fingers said to the face. It has nothing to do with the book. I just find it strangely hypnotic.... Stormdancer are Books Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Sh gun, they fear that their lives are over everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles But the mission proves less impossible and deadly than anyone expects Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded a young woman alone in heArashitoras are supposed to be extinct So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Sh gun, they fear that their lives are over everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles But the mission proves less impossible and deadly than anyone expects Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded a young woman alone in her country s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he d rather see her dead than help her Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Sh gun cares for nothing but his own dominion Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kag cabal She learns the horrifying extent of the Sh gun s crimes, both against her country and her family.Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Sh gun pay but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire. Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited He is as surprised about all of this as you are He is 6 7 and has approximately 13030 days to live He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung fu assassin wife, and the world s laziest Jack Russell.He does not believe in happy endings.. The best Kindle Stormdancer WARNING WARNING. UNPOPULAR OPINION INCOMING.This book made me really fucking mad.I'll admit, I was a little leery of Stormdancer from the start - Japanese steampunk sounds cool, but coming from a white western author, the chances of problematic weeaboo fuckery are high. Exoticization. Romanticization. Plain old appropriation. Yet for some reason, I didn't really peg Stormdancer as a weeaboo outing. I don't know why. There was no good reason, and yet, I expected Kristoff to be a scholar of some sort, or at least, to do some very in-depth, scholarly research, borne of a deep interest in, and respect for, Japanese culture. And while even that could have also potentially yielded something problematic, at least it would have been sincere. What I thoroughly did NOT expect to get was a book informed by fucking Wikipedia and anime, set in Japan for the sake of novelty. That came as a genuine shock. And a dramatic rise in blood pressure. WHAT THE FUCKITY FUCK?The thing is, that Wikipedia part? You can kinda tell. I mean, the first hundred pages or so of Stormdancer, basically until the airship crashes, are a chore to wade through, mostly because of the Wikipedia-esque info dumps. It takes almost exactly half of those pages to make any progress on the plot. The first fifty are just about showing off the world and detailing every little aspect of it, which is why it takes like twelve paragraphs for Yukiko and her father to walk down a street: we have to hear about the architecture, detail the clothing being worn (because we're using Japanese terms here, and not many readers will know offhand what a fucking hakama looks like), and explain the exact geographical setting, right down to which rivers cross where, and the ~exotic smells~ in the air, even though none of it is actually relevant to anything that's going on at the moment. I understand wanting to set the scene and acquaint readers with the world, but Jesus Herbet Christ, get on with it already. Work this stuff in to the action. Make me not want to put the book down out of sheer boredom. I mean, I haven't even gotten the chance to get angry yet.Making the world-building harder to parse are the Japanese words and terms strewn throughout the descriptions, most of which assume a familiarity with the culture that many readers just won't have. I had to break out the Google more than once to give myself a better mental image of what was going on, and though many of the terms aren't exactly vital to the story, it was still annoying as hell. I want to be able to see this shit in my head, to get what's going on, and it doesn't help when half of the words are in Japanese just for the flavor of it. It's one thing when a word doesn't have an English analog; it's another when you're including easily translatable and even borrowed words, like "sarariman" (seriously? it's "salary-man" or even just "businessman", kthnx), in their romaji form just to make the story seem more ~authentic~. At the very least it's unnecessarily confusing.There is a glossary in the back of the book that would have been quite helpful to know about while in the midst of those first fifty pages, but if you're an e-reader like me, you wouldn't have realized it's there until you actually made it to that page...just after the story has ended. Perhaps print readers will be able to make better use of it.But blah blah blah, detail-heavy writing, I can skim past that. My only issue was boredome until I started noticing all of the shit got wrong. Then my head began hitting the desk. Repeatedly.And okay, preface: I'm not an expert on Japan, nor am I Asian. I've never studied the country or the language formally. I've got little knowledge outside of what I learned in my own weeaboo phase, from, yes, mostly manga and anime. And YET I still came across glaring errors, repeated errors, stupid errors, errors that made it impossible to read through a conversation without wanting to strangle someone, and errors that lead to questions about some very basic assumptions of the book.Let's start with my primary nails-on-a-chalkboard issue, the usage of the words "hai" and "sama", shall we? Here are a few examples of these words in action in Stormdancer:Sama:"That is more than fair." [...] "Ameterasu bless your kindness, sama.""I want for nothing. Thank you, sama.""He slew Boukyaku, young sama. The sea dragon who consumed the island of Takaiyama.""Honor to you, great sama.""What is Raijin song, sama?""Forgiveness, sama.""Apologies, sama."...and so on and so forth.Hai:"These cloudwalkers were men of the kitsune clan, hai?""I have no doubt of your success. The man who stood beside my father as he slew the last nagaraja of Shima will not be trouble by a simple thunder tiger, hai?""You must keep it secret." [...] "It is a gift, hai, but it is not one to be squandered...""The solitude is pleasant, hai?""I can get into the trees, hai.""Just deck-hands on a sky-ship, hai?"...etc.And both together, for a double-slap to the face of any immersion you've managed to scrounge up:"Sama, please. Enough for one day, hai?"That's not how you use those, either of those, come ON now. "Sama" is a suffix, an honorific. It goes at the end of someone's name (ex: Masaru-sama), or title, or profession, to denote respect or a higher social status. You NEVER use it by itself, it isn't a stand in for "sir", or "lord", and in fact, the included glossary explicitly acknowledges this, so how the fuck this managed to remain intact through editing I have no fucking idea.Similarly, "hai" is not a one-to-one translation of "yes", or "right". A more accurate translation is "I have understood what you just said", and it's only used to answer a question or a request. You don't stick it on the end of the sentence to rhetorically prompt confirmation. Believe it or not, there are actually Japanese words for that (well, not the "rhetorical part"), like "ka" or "desu", but Kristoff doesn't make use of those ad nauseum, just the jarringly, tellingly wrong "hai".This is Weeaboo 101 people, we should not even have to be talking about this, especially if these characters are and are speaking Japanese.Except...other potential "errors" bring that last statement into question. Are the characters in Stormdancer speaking Japanese? Seeing as how the book is set in Japan, I went into the story operating on the assumption that they were, and that it was being "translated" by the author to English for our benefit. One would think that this is the case, that characters in Japan would be saying Japanese words, and yet:"Impure." Yukiko whispered the word [...] It was such a simple thing; two syllables, the press of her lips together, one on another, tongue rolling over her teeth."Arashi-no-ko," she heard them whisper. She could feel Buruu frown in her mind, puzzled by the word's shape. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? She smiled, embarrassed, turning her eyes to the floor. Storm Girl. "I lo-" She kissed him, stood on her tiptoes and threw her arms around his neck and crushed her lips to his before he could finish the sentence. She didn't want to listen to those three awful words, feel them open her up to the bone and see what the lies had done to her insides.Mmmk. 1) "Impure" in Japanese? Google says "fuketsu". Three syllables, no "press of her lips together", minimal "tongue rolling".2) If they were actually speaking Japanese? After Buruu asked what the fuck "arashi no ko" meant? Yukiko would have said "arashi no ko", because those are the words for "storm girl*" in Japanese. DUH. How and why Yukiko would have even needed to translate Japanese for the Japanese-speaking tiger is beyond me, and yet, if they are speaking Japanese here, what she just did is completely illogical.*except that even the translation is sketchy. "Ko" = child, not "girl".3) "I love you" in Japanese, those "three little words"? "Aishiteru", or "aishiteru yo"/"aishiteru wa". One or two words at best. *Although I'm informed it could also be "kimi ga suki". BUT STILL.This pretty effectively proved to me that, either by fuck-up or by intent, the characters in the book are speaking English. In Japan. What the fuck? I can't imagine that that was the intent, because it makes no logical sense whatsoever, but even the fuck-up makes the book's narrative frustratingly Eurocentric.Oh, yeah, and then there's the amalgamative "Asia-land" that Shima ends up reading as. That doesn't help in the slightest. Despite being 99% a fantastical analog of Japan, again whether by fuck-up or intent, bits of other Asian cultures slip in. "Nagaraja", for example, are actually Indian creatures. Likewise, somehow the lotus pollution is threatening the local panda population, even though pandas are indigenous to CHINA, which is, incidentally, NOT JAPAN. The characters also use Chinese expressions of exasperation, even though there are perfectly good and common and available Japanese ones.And this is just the shit I've come across. Sei, finder of the Chinese slang, came across more errors, which she lists in her very insightful review, and Syahira has a very detailed analysis of the awkward naming conventions, and Krystle vents her rage about this "omage" to her culture.You can see why this is problematic, right? The lack of research, the Eurocentric viewpoint, the playing fast and loose with Japanese culture, the smooshing all things Asian into the same story, the same country, because hey, all Asian cultures are all the same, right?HAHA, NO. No. NONONONONONO. This is not how you write this shit, people. As my friend Shiori put it, Asian cultures are not fucking Sizzler. No, you don't get to help yourself to the shit you like and leave the rest, why the fuck would anyone think that? For the love of god, please, educate yourself before you write about other cultures.So, yeah, that was...frustrating, putting it mildly. *twitch* It was really, really difficult to put that aside and look at the book, I'll admit, and might be at least part of why I found it impossible to connect with the characters. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the plot itself, either.The book takes FOREVER to get going. Sure, stuff happened here and there, but it seemed like the vvvvvaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast majoooooooority of it was Yukiko and Buruu sitting around doing absolutely nothing...Read full review at You're Killing.Us. More Links Assorted thoughts on Stormdancer:Linda on the Green-Eyed Asian Love Interest, plus her series of thoughts on Asian fantasy.- Author Karen Healy & Tumblr pinpoint some of the more problematic aspects of Kristoff's interviews.- The comments in Linda's review have yielded a very interesting discussion, and several good links on the subject.- The Book Smugglers review Stormdancer and share their thoughts on their interview with Kristoff, in which he spouts more problematic bullshit.- Silver Goggles has a funny and wonderful reaction to the inevitable question: "does this mean we're not allowed to write outside our ethnicity?"- Zoe Marriott discusses the difference between diversity and appropriation.- Calm Down, It's Only Fantasy: Ladybusiness over at Livejournal has a response to the "Ignorant White Person 101" defense of Stormdancer. This is one of my favorite posts to come out of this whole mess. The response to the predictable "But but other fantasy authors change other (non-minority) cultures for their books, why aren't we riding them? WHAAAAAAAA!" in the comments is an excellent, well thought-out smackdown.- Finally, for conflicted fans of Stormdancer, behold! How to be a fan of problematic things. Spoiler: it's not that hard.Meanwhile, there's the continued response from Kristoff, the gist of which being "BUT FANTASY, why should I be held accountable? You're taking it TOO SERIOUSLY."- The aforementioned Book Smuggler's interview with Jay Kristoff, where he explains that "if you can wrap your head around the idea Shima and Japan might look a lot alike, but aren’t the same place, you’ll have fun."- The Stormdancer website FAQ, in which Kristoff explains how much he doesn't give a shit if you care that he got shit wrong, because "this is fantasy, folks, not international frackin' diplomacy." Charming.- A guest post at Fantasy Faction on world-building, with lots of "pros" that not-so-subtly explain why his book is TEH AWESOME and "cons" that casually give the middle finger to and shits on anyone who called him out on his bullshit.

  1. Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited He is as surprised about all of this as you are He is 6 7 and has approximately 13030 days to live He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung fu assassin wife, and the world s laziest Jack Russell.He does not believe in happy endings.

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  1. WARNING WARNING UNPOPULAR OPINION INCOMING.This book made me really fucking mad.I ll admit, I was a little leery of Stormdancer from the start Japanese steampunk sounds cool, but coming from a white western author, the chances of problematic weeaboo fuckery are high Exoticization Romanticization Plain old appropriation Yet for some reason, I didn t really peg Stormdancer as a weeaboo outing I don t know why There was no good reason, and yet, I expected Kristoff to be a scholar of some sort, or a [...]


  2. Edit 10 July You can read the first three chapters of STORMDANCER all typeset and logo ed and whatnot hereORMDANCER is my book, so it should go without saying that I love it in the pants I love it than that moment at the end of Top Gun when Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise have just killed the bejeezus out of all those commies and Val is all like You can kiss me on the mouth be my wingman anytime and the music swells and some deckhand is just wailing on an electric guitar somewhere in the background, [...]


  3. I need to take a moment to do some thing before begin ning this review.Stor m dancer is a fan tasy nerdgasm, writ ten by a fan tasy nerd, for the fan tasy nerds and if it sounds like I just pil fered some of the Get tys burg address then that s because Abra ham Lin coln rid ing a griz zly bear was just about the only damn thing miss ing from this book.Image by RandoSub se quently my life is now complete.Stor m dancer is a world one step removed from our own Imag ined as a Japan with Steam punk t [...]


  4. At first I didn t write my review of Stormdancer because the publisher specifically asked me to hold off on posting it until September Then I didn t write it because I was in the minority and I had to take a deep breath before I put my negative opinion out there And now I m writing it because I don t care any longer, I ve accepted that my opinion is valid and not just a one off that deserves to belong on my its me not you shelf I didn t enjoy Stormdancer, I can t give it than one star because i [...]


  5. Read our hilarious and informative interview with Buruu THERE ARE MORE ARASHITORA Ahem.4.5 stars When a book arrives with a massive amount of fanfare, in the form of glowing advance praise and accompanied an agreebly affable author, it s necessary to take a step away from all the hype to ensure that a review isn t influenced by outside factors Which I did I avoided reviews, fled the country okay, that wasn t just to read this book , and read it away from much of the joyful noise that surrounded [...]


  6. WARNING EXCESSIVE LENGTH AND ONE ANGRY WOMAN I really have no idea how I m going to do this review when everyone else expressed everything I wanted to say in such an eloquent and succinct manner, especially Cyna s review.You have no idea how badly, badly, I wanted this book to turn out brilliant and smashing and turn into one of those amazingly successful books that takes the publishing world by storm Even so when the absolutely gorgeous and fantastic covers that came out which weren t white wa [...]


  7. Well, if there s one book that has had a hype machine going for it this year, it s Jay Kristoff s Stormdancer No, not a hype machine More like a hype combine harvester I ve seen this book being talked about so much over the past year, and naturally, I bought into the hype It had to be good if so many people were talking about it, right Stormdancer tells the story of Yukiko Kitsune, who joins her father on a hunt for a rare beast an arashitora, which literally translates to thunder tiger Basicall [...]


  8. The first thing that came to my mind after finishing Stormdancer was the very eloquent WHOA The second composed chain of thought was something along the lines of Why yes, that was just as badass as its cover suggested Stormdancer had it all for me Richly crafted world building, carefully placed humor, realistic characters, unpredictable storyline I mean, I could go on and on here This book was freakin awesome I went into Stormdancer expecting to fall in love with it because it has such an aweso [...]


  9. What s this A Japanese Steampunk novel with mythical creatures and a strong female protagonist Yeah, I m all over that Though honestly, you had me at Japanese Steampunk I m not giving this a star rating because the version of the book I read was an advance uncorrected proof of the book That means it could undergo some changes between now and when it s printed in September It s hard for me to give it a number, since I don t know what stuff might be different in the version I read, vs the version [...]


  10. When the Shogun demands someone bring him an arashitora griffin , a group of adventurers gos on an airship voyage to capture the beast, long thought to be extinct The airship goes down and a girl named Yukiko befriends the captured arashitora Can the two of them be reunited with Yukiko s friends and overthrow the Shogun I received this ARC from the fine folks at St Martin s It s freeness does not diminish its awesomeness.Not too long ago, I got an email asking if I wanted to give Stormdancer a t [...]



  11. This is going to be LONGAna s Thoughts There is a story behind my reading of Stormdancer and it starts months ago when the author first contacted us to introduce his upcoming book That email remains one of the best book pitches we have received, and the book was described as a dystopian novel in a Japanese inspired Steampunk setting with a strong girl as its protagonist We loved the idea, as it sounded like it was a book made for The Book Smugglers Dystopia Steampunk Diversity Kick ass Girls and [...]


  12. The best way to describe this is a Japanese Dystopian Steampunk mashup I m not sure if that makes it Dystopunkanies or Japasteamian or something else completely Just to give you a little history most everything I know about Japanese culture I learned from Mulan Which I have been corrected is Chinese and not Japanese so I know even less than I thought I didSo I m not really versed in much of the Samuri culture or honor and can t really tell you how well this follows any of that or if some of the [...]


  13. This book has a thunder tiger in it It is as awesome as it sounds The story is set in a re imagined steampunk Japanese world where a dynasty of Shoguns rule as tyrants Lotus is a plant which serves as the main source of the economy But it pollutes the air and part of the plant is used as an extremely addictive drug It can also be made into fuel for airships and vehicles, but is toxic to the soil, so crops do not do well except with the special fertilizer that most people can t afford It destroys [...]


  14. Made some major edits Oh, and read the end of the review, please Arggghhhhhh.I read the words Japanese steampunk and lost my mind I knew I had to read this book like, NowOMGholyshiznits So I did And now I m torn, because the words Japanese Steampunk deserve five stars for even existing, but the bookt so much.The blurb sounded fantastic all the elements I could ever want in a steampunk story Or even any genre kind of story I went through lots and lots of rave enthusiastic reviews Also, need I men [...]


  15. 4.5 starsWhen I first felt myself being pulled into this story, I glanced down and saw the number 156 written at the bottom of the page 156 pages of barely understandable, agonizingly slow and almost painfully dense prose that s what it took for me to start enjoying Stormdancer But here s the thing now that I fully understand this book, I understand the necessity of such a beginning This is how the rain becomes a flood One drop at a time.There s something mesmerizing and magical about a world we [...]


  16. I am judging every single person who has blurbed and recced this book Leaving aside the criticisms of cultural appropriation and there are many criticisms to be made, believe me , this book has some serious gender issues and proves why many female readers do not trust male authors who claim to have written a strong female character Mostly because that strong female character will be written in a creepy, sexualized, straight male gaze y fashion.And even putting that aside, the story is just not t [...]


  17. You wouldn t believe how excited I was for this novel The synopsis reads like someone looked into my head and took what I wanted to read and then wrote it.Wait Let me get my bearings because this review is going to be epic and rambling Have a cupcake and some tea while you re reading it Ready Okay.Sometimes you come across books that you like absolutely and sometimes you come across books that you loathe absolutely And if you are unlucky, you come across books that made you scream in utter frust [...]


  18. also in my blogStormdancer is a Young Adult Fantasy fiction about a Kitsune Yukiko and her father was sent to find a mythical creature for their shogun The novel consisted of 35 chapers with various point of views from Yukiko, Masaru, the Arashitora, the Shogun and some others It have glossary at the end of the book because the author uses Japanese words while writing and there s tremendous descriptive writing accompanied with every scenes that spans from raindrops, smells and the furniture.Stor [...]


  19. Yup This was definitely better the second time around.I think the only real flaw in this book in my eyes was the insta love and insta sex part with that Hiro dude It was just so rushed and cringeworthy But perhaps Jay Kristoff just wanted to highlight that Yukiko was still young and slightly naive, that perhaps later on in the series she grows and learns from it I dunno Maybe it didn t bother others nearly as much as it bothered me, but at this point I just have absolutely zero tolerance for ins [...]



  20. This was another awesome buddy read with my awesome buddy Johanna Was this book perfect Nooo, not at all, but I wasn t expecting it to be since this is Jay s first series and not his best loved one And I totally get why people might not be able to love this the way they love his other books because it was slow as HECK to start with and I was so confused by all of the world building and Japanese terminology that I was worried I wouldn t be able to get into it despite being familiar with Japanese [...]


  21. No, can t do it The writing style, with over detailing and over describing of EVERYTHING, is just too tedious and boring for my taste It sucks all the juice out of the story Recommend sampling first 3 chapters to check for writing style compatibility here tor stories 2012 06 st before purchasing or requesting ARCs.


  22. Yamaguchi Hiroyuki, who rested agura style in front of a too warm kotatsu, enjoyed a cup of fragrant genmaicha with a plate of fresh kusamochi from a wagashiya at Higashi Bashi and took a secret sip of shirozake in between, while reading the less shocking parts of the shimbun to his wataire clad okusan Miyuki, who was supposed to fold the last Hinamatsuri origami, but nervously fingered a fertility omamori from the neighborhood jinja instead If she did not conceive this very month there was noth [...]


  23. Dying is easy Anyone can throw themselves onto the pyre and rest a happy martyr Enduring the suffering that comes with sacrifice is the real test.Stormdancer is a richly detailed Japanese inspired, steampunk fantasy, with splendidly real characters and a gripping plot that will keep you in its claws until the very last page Jay Kristoff has written a debut like no other I m craving to return and venture across his wonderfully imagined Shima Isles and uncover about The Lotus War with Yukiko and [...]


  24. I wanted to write a book with heart a book about a friendship that bloomed despite all obstacles A bond that would grow to become a thing of legend in this nation on the edge of ruin a friendship that challenged the might of an empire Jay Kristoff In my opinion, to be a writer is not only one of the toughest tasks in the world, it is also the most courageous for to be an author is to take on the challenge, not only of pouring yourself into a novel, but in reaching an audience and making them fee [...]


  25. MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD Lengthy not exactly a review parody Snowchild Blue Telepathic Conversations a.k.a the ones in my imagination roped in to act out the roles of Yukiko and Buruu respectively in Stormdancer SESSION ONE Blue on Buruu, hai.Snowchild S Greetings, Blue san.Blue B Hello again What a book that had been S You don t say, sama.B Just stop with that sama hai hai, sama blasphemy already S Apologies, Blue san I can t quite yet shrug the habit after being a character in that book for too lo [...]


  26. This book is a very interesting mix It offers a lot for lovers of YA fantasy as it has all the typical ingredients We have Yukiko, a teenage female protagonist, who finds a friend in a mythical creature In this case it isn t a dragon, it s a griffin.We also have two love interests for her, but fortunately the tiny romance part just complements the well rounded adventure story, without being a distraction from what is important.What sets the book truly apart from a lot of similar tales is the ver [...]


  27. Blog review edwardsghostengine.wordpress.This totally took me by surprise For some reason when I started reading this I thought it was set in a post apocalyptic Japan and that after the world fell people went back to the old religions and beliefs and started living menial lives again I mean the polluted atmosphere of the Shima isles made me lean on the sci fi side But further into the book I realized it was set in a fantasy world Which only made the novel richer and even enjoyable I m no expert [...]


  28. It s August and so I shall finally post a review of this little YA gem I was fortunate enough to be granted an ARC e book version of this book and now intend to buy the paperback when it s available Mainly because I may enjoy the book even in paper form But that all said it was worth gaining this early glimpse of a very solid debut novel.This is a steampunk science fiction fantasy novel set in a feudal Japan similar to, but also different from, our Japan It features technologies powered by the [...]


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