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review 2018-08-26 18:29
Old Magic New World
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse

The world has been put back into the hands of the Dine'/Navajo. After a great flood the water has risen and few land masses remain, one is the reservation were the Dine' were shucked off to many years ago. With this new beginning comes the old gods, the magic and the oral histories become life savers. Everything old is new again and those remaining need to relearn the ways. Monsters, witches and twisted souls meet in this Mad Max-ish world of survival.
Maggie, has her clan's magic in her, it's a killing magic, and she kills the monsters. She was trained by one of the gods to use her magic, it makes her unpopular till somebody needs her. When the monsters get more dangerous she reluctantly takes on a partner who is a healer with magic. It's not an easy match, or a welcome one. Many things will challange this partnership, old loves, secrets, betrayals, death and magic.
I struggled with the first 1/4 of this book. I was stuck on some of the Navajo language used. I really missed to knowing what some of the words ment. My in laws are Navajo and helped with some but a brief guide would have made the experience more. The more I read the more I was investing in this world and these characters. When I finished the book I felt I'd said good bye to family I would miss. I can't wait for the next book in the series. This is an author to follow.

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review 2018-08-24 03:49
Trail of Lightning: Sixth World Book #1
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse

I liked this book, but I'm having a hard time coming up with things to say about it. It was one of those books that just sort of washed over me. Not in a bad way, but not in a particularly mind-blowing way either. It was chock full of urban fantasy tropes, uneven pacing, and some debut novel rough edges, but that didn't really diminish my enjoyment. The Native American perspective and mythology far outpaced any of my gripes. Reading this book really called attention to how homogenous a lot of fantasy narratives can be, and that alone kept my interest. I liked the world Roanhorse constructed, especially the way magic worked. The clan magic was so intriguing. I also quite liked the side-characters (the main character less so, but I didn't dislike her either), and even the villains. Was it perfect? Nope. Did I enjoy it? Yep. Will I read the next one? Without hesitation. I think Roanhorse has the potential to become a personal favorite with a little bit more time and polish.

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review 2018-08-20 18:18
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse
 
“But I had forgotten that the Diné had already suffered their apocalypse over a century before. This wasn’t our end. This was our rebirth.”
 
*** ABOUT THE BOOK ***

 

Title: Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1)

Author: Rebecca Roanhorse

Genre: Urban Fantasy | Dystopia

 

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 *** BOOK BLURB ***

 

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

 

*** REVIEW ***

 

This is a enjoyable and fast paced book. But because I have no knowledge about Navajo mythology and terminology, all the terms thrown at me where very distracting and confusing. Most of them wasn't explained in any way and left me frustrated.

 

Character, plot and world-building are all well-thought out and brought vibrantly to life. Maggie Hoskie is a real kick ass but flawed heroine and reminded me a lot of Kate Daniels (from Ilona Andrews books).

 

Overall I really liked it, especially because it was something different from all other Urban Fantasy books I read before. But before picking up second part I will have to do extensive research about Navajo.

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-12 21:17
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse

A huge shout-out to both Mike Finn - Audiobook Junkie and Chris' Fish Place, whose reviews of this book were so compelling that I couldn't resist picking up Trail of Lightning. I've linked to their reviews - and they are both so well written that they've left me with little to say!

 

Let me just talk about my reaction to the book. First, reading an own voices book focused on the Native American legendarium was amazing. Roanhouse's world building was so good. The main character, Maggie, was complex, layered, interesting and developed over the course of the book in a way that felt very organic and natural. Kai is a fantastic character, and I can't wait to see where Roanhorse takes his character in the next book.

 

He'd BETTER be in the next book!

 

This book would fit right into Halloween bingo, qualifying for Cryptozoologist, A Grimm Tale (Native American folklore/legend), New Release (published 6/26/18), Deadlands (zombie type creatures), Terrifying Women, Supernatural, Doomsday, Spellbound and Shifters.

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review 2018-08-06 18:09
"Trail Of Lightning - the Sixth World #1" by Rebecca Roanhorse - fresh, vibrant Navajo urban fantasy
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse's Sixth World concept is a potent mix of post-apocalyptic devastation and Navajo-based Urban Fantasy with a monster-slaying female lead who sees herself not as a hero but as a monster in waiting, someone contaminated and abandoned who knows only how to kill and yet dreds becoming nothing more than a killer.

 

Patrica Briggs, Faith Hunter and C.E. Murphy have all given us Urban Fantasy that draws upon Native American myth (albeit Cherokee and Blackfoot rather than Navajo) but "Trail Of Lightning" is the first time I've seen Native American culture take centre stage rather than being an atavistic accident that makes the heroine a misfit in mainstream American society.

 

In the Sixth World, white America has been mostly destroyed by flooding, the Navajo Gods have returned and their lands have been protected from the chaos by four huge walls, raised by magic. For once, the Dineh are not the ones getting the crappy end of everything.

 

Yet life for our heroine, Maggie Hoskie, is far from easy: marked by childhood violence, apprenticed and abandoned by a god, "gifted" with skills that make her a Dinétah monster hunter, she is an outcast amongst her own people at the start of this tale.

 

Maggie is not the now-normal urban fantasy kick-ass heroine, with the smart mouth,  the  lethal-but-sexy weaponry and the dangerous-to-everyone-but-her love interest. She is slightly broken, very much alone and is only truly herself when she is hunting.

 

The plot in this first book is not particularly complex and there are times when it wanders a little randomly but the power of the novel comes from Rebecca Roanhorse's vision of the Sixth World. She sets gods and monsters loose in the spectacular landscape of the Dinétah in a way that is at once startling and credible. 

 

Maggie is intriguing, an essay in guilt, fear and anger. Partnering her with the smooth, wrap-around-shades wearing I'm-like-a-Medicine-Man-but-way-cooler Kai Arviso displays Maggie well and doesn't take us in any of the normal Urban Fantasy directions.

 

I think this is a great start to what promises to be a fresh and exciting Urban Fantasy series. As soon as Rebecca Roanhorse publishes the next volume, I'll be buying it.

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