...than to find women holding flowers!
Who knew that I was such a violent creature. :)
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.
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.
Title: Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1)
Author: Rebecca Roanhorse
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Dystopia
*** 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.
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.