Kinslayer

Kinslayer

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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#65533; 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#65533; 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.

The ghosts of a blood-stained past.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press ©2013.
Edition: First U. S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250001412
1250001412
Characteristics: 442 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Kin slayer

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ScorchingSun
Jun 26, 2017

Unrelenting darkness, but it's the nature of the series' setting: so much black misery that cries out for a thorough cleansing.
Like a middle child, this second book does seem slightly repetitive in parts.
Still enjoyable reading.

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nidofito
Mar 02, 2015

Even though I could've done without the overly-descriptive prose and POV-skipping, the story has some really nice twists and lots of action that gets your heart pumping and your blood racing. The author's done a great job closing up one aspect of the war and opening up another for its finale.

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IncendiaAngelus
Sep 13, 2014

Not too sure what to think of this... firstly, I'll say that it definitely should NOT be in the young adult section.

I guess overall, the story & characters were really interesting; I got pretty into it, really. I'm curious about what'll happen in the next book.

However, the last... maybe third of the book took a decidedly dark turn with some rather graphic scenes that'd be worthy of an 18A rating. It was enough to make me seriously think of putting it down & forgetting about it.

That said, I did finish it, & I begrudgingly will probably read the next book in the series.... *sigh* you know what they say about curiosity killing the cat....I just hope it doesn't stay so dark.

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