Monday, January 20, 2014

KINSLAYER

Kinslayer (The Lotus War, #2)Book Review:  Kinslayer

Author:  Jay Kristoff
Published:  September 2013
Series:  The Lotus War #2
Genre:  YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
A SHATTERED EMPIRE
The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun 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 Kagé 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
Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’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.



My Two Cents
I believe one simple sentence from the main character Yukiko sums up Kinslayer nicely..."so much blood."  Yes perhaps a little too much blood for my liking.  But Kinslayer is still a thrilling, if at times a painful, read.  Kristoff has proven he has cares nothing for your heart or the characters you hold dear.  So don't expect anything near a happy ending in Kinslayer.  But I loved it, even if I had to skip a few paragraphs here and there.  Now, a little tiny quirk about me you should know.  I absolutely loath torture scenes.  Do you all remember the torture scene from the much beloved movie Princess Bride?  Hate it, and still can't watch it to this day.  I'm a softie, and Kinslayer is not for the weak of heart.  But if you can make it through the blood you will 
a) love Yukiko and her partner in crime Michi even more 
b) understand why Kin cannot stop his "What Will Be"
c) hope that Kristoff will take pity on you and end this series with a happily ever after (hmmmm--wishful thinking perhaps?)
I loved Kinslayer, perhaps not as much as Stormdancer, but still an awesome read, 4 out of 5 stars.  Read this at your own risk though!  

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