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Kinslayer: The Lotus War Book Two Hardcover – September 17, 2013

Book 2 of 3 in the Lotus War Series

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Product Details

  • Series: The Lotus War (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001412
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The second Japanese-flavored steampunk adventure in the Lotus War series (after 2012's Stormdancer) starts with a bang when teen kitsune Yukiko, craving revenge for her father's murder, destroys three Lotus Guild warships. But the tides turn when Lord Hiro, Yukiko's former lover and the Guild's foremost ally, declares himself the Daimyo. Yukiko's uncontrollable powers also become as dangerous as any enemy. The Guild stands poised to crush Yukiko's burgeoning rebellion, and the empire's fate hangs on three unlikely people: Artificer Kin, increasingly conflicted about his decision to follow Yukiko; Burakumin Hana, derided and considered beneath notice; and Kage Michi, a maidservant whose relationship with a magistrate threatens more than her heart. Though Kristoff opens with a character refresher, new readers might have difficulty following the story, and while the action scenes are just as thrilling and the plot even more fast-paced than in the first volume, this sequel is undermined by its increasingly one-note pseudo-Japanese setting, as well as its reliance on predictable tropes. Agent: Matt Bialer, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)

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Praise for Kinslayer

 

“Kinslayer is intense and heart-punching. Are you ready? Probably not. Will you venture into the storm anyway? I think you should.” --YABooksCentral.com

Praise for Stormdancer

 

Named one of Kirkus Reviews’ best Teen Books of 2012

 

“Kristoff is the master of unique and intense plots and huge twists. This book has it all — and a nice little bow to tie it all up with. There are swords, action, friendship, a conspiracy, grief and hope. It's going on my "Amazing Reads" shelf, and I urge you to pick it up.” –USAToday.com

 

“With its geisha girls in gas masks and canvas blimps spewing black exhaust as they chug across the sky, Stormdancer paints a vivid picture of a decrepit, steampunk Japan. It's startling to witness a country that so reveres nature presented in such an environmentally compromised position, as it is in the kickoff to Jay Kristoff's "The Lotus War" series. But it's this inventive juxtaposition that makes Stormdancer such a thrilling addition to the increasingly tired yet continuously expanding dystopian scene…. [A] fast-paced, fantastical adventure [that] is sharp as a Shogun's sword.” –The LA Times

 

“Stormdancer is an intoxicating joyride into steampunklandia with a magical dose of mythology, the supernatural, violence, dystopian themes, and a top-notch brassy heroine who rivals Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games. Yes, I did say that!” –Huffington Post

 

“Kristoff’s imaginative debut, the first in a series, presents the feudal, dystopian Shima Empire, a menacing Japanese-inspired setting…  The innovative setting, fast-moving plot, vivid descriptions, and thrilling action scenes make this a refreshing addition to the steampunk canon.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

“Soars higher than the arashitora Kristoff writes about; superb.” –Kirkus, starred review

 

“Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer is steampunk by way of feudal Japan, in which a young woman with unusual abilities befriends a thunder tiger in a polluted industrial wasteland. Strong heroines, detailed settings, and fascinating legends hit the sweet spot.” –Publishers Weekly

 

“Japanese Steampunk unafraid to engage with the dark side of the subgenre. The Lotus must bloom!” –SF Signal

 

“A steampunk fantasy with richly drawn mythical creatures and a tough female protagonist…. Packed full of surprising twists and turns, nonstop action, and intense dialogue.” –School Library Journal

 

“[T]he plot takes off when the mythical arashitora (literally ‘stormtiger’) forms a strong bond with dagger-wielding heroine, Yukiko.  Her relationship with the griffin-like creature is especially poignant in light of the personal losses she reveals as the story unfolds… it’s the bonds of family and friendship that feel the truest, with heartwrenching effect.” –Romantic Times

 

“Think Lassie, if Kurosawa had been the director and Lassie had been three tons of angry mythical demon-shredding sass bent on pushing Timmy down the well… A colorful cast of supporting characters and thoughtful plotting add further to Stormdancer's appeal, but, really, Kristoff has the reader at "girl meets griffin." The captivating backdrop, graceful prose and army of mechanized samurai are all just added bonuses.” –Shelf Awareness

 

"What's that? You say you've got a Japanese Steampunk novel with mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female protagonist? I'm afraid I missed everything you said after "Japanese Steampunk." That's all I really needed to hear." –Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear

 

"With airships, demons, and lashings of revolutionary swordplay, this chi-fueled vision of a steampunk feudal Japan will blow your split-toed socks off."

-Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan

 

"Jay Kristoff pushes the steampunk genre exactly where it needs to go, away from Victorian London's over-trodden lanes and into the great wide world. With its rocketing action, eccentric and convincing characters, and deep immersion in heroic Japanese culture, Stormdancer slammed my head into an updated vision of the great chanbara films of Kurosawa and Kobayashi. I'll be waiting for more from Mr. Kristoff." —K.W. Jeter, author of The Kingdom of Shadows

 

“Set in a complex and richly imagined world, Stormdancer draws on inspirations as widespread as epic fantasy, steampunk, and Japanese mythology, effortlessly piecing them together into an alternate history that is as vibrant as it is disturbing. Yukiko is an admirable heroine, made of compassion and courage, but it's the remarkable friendship forged between Yukiko and the majestic thunder tiger, Buruu, that readers will find truly unforgettable. In this breathtaking debut fantasy, Kristoff has given us an adventure teeming with impossible quests and betrayals, rebellion and murder, jealousy and harbored secrets. I eagerly look forward to seeing where his imagination takes us next.” –Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder

 

"Jay Kristoff's Yukiko and her indomitable thunder tiger's entertaining adventures have just sent steampunk gloriously Asian." --Stephen Hunt, internationally bestselling author of The Kingdom Beyond the Sea

 

"Kristoff's debut is a lyrical triumph of chainsaw swords and thunder tigers that steampunk fans and mythology buffs will devour." –Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

 

“If you enjoy rich detail and sensual writing, you’ll dig it…. Bristling with energy and enthusiasm, this is the start of what should be a deservedly popular series.” –Library Journal

 

“Compelling characters—particularly Yukiko, the Arashitora Buruu, and the artificer Kin—a strong environmental message, and a thrilling battle setting the stage for the sequel. Offer this to fans of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy or Philip Reeve’s Hungry City Chronicles.” --Booklist

 


Customer Reviews

This series has become one of my favorites and I cannot wait for the next installment.
kevinDM
Kristoff brings this fantastical world to life with strong characters, exciting twists and turns, and great depth detailing the world and its inhabitants.
TheMsBurkhead
As I mentioned, this book introduces us to many new characters and story lines, and in all honesty, it is a lot to keep track of.
Heidi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JeanBookNerd on November 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Fans who enjoyed Stormdancer will love the second book in Jay Kristoff's The Lotus War trilogy, Kinslayer. Kristoff's writing skills definitely shined bright in Stormdancer and it would only make sense that the sequel would excel above it. And it sure did! He has taken all the elements that made the first one such a successful hit and pushes it to a level beyond any imagination. New characters will be introduced as well as reacquainting old ones. Reading the continuation of this impressive series is like witnessing something epic unfold. The story gets broader with the addition of the point of views of new characters. Several plots scratches beneath the surface and the world outside of Shima finally sees the day of light in this second part.

The multiple POVs from different characters provide readers with an insight to the progress of the story as they each play an important role. Each one is desperately trying to make a difference in a world that has rapidly changed. Since killing Shogun Yoritomo, Yukiko and Buruu find themselves firing up an uprising in the cities they come across on their travels. It has also created a mighty struggle for Yukiko as a deluge of power has swept through the Kenning. Meanwhile, Guildsman Kin is having difficulty with the other rebels. He doesn't have an ounce of trust in them and the feeling is returned. Not working as a cohesive unit, it will be a vigorous effort to try and bring down the Shima Empire and Guild. On the other side, a move by the Guild to place a new Shogun on the Imperial throne hopes to bring the four clans together.

Once readers indulge their imagination into this grand story, many emotions will arise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 20, 2013
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I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. This is the second book in The Lotus Wars. The last book in this trilogy will be released some time in 2014 and is as yet untitled. I really wasn’t a fan of the first book in this series and just struggled through it. I had received this book for review and was dreading reading it; however this book is much, much better than the first one.

There are many storylines going on at once at the start of this book. Yukiko and Buruu are with the Kage’ now helping to plan the Kage’ plan their rebellion. Kin is with them trying to lend a hand as he can. Back at the Shogun’s palace Michi plots to overthrow the current contender for Shogun, who is surprisingly Hiro. Hiro has turned incredibly bitter towards Yukiko and is determined to wipe both her and the Kage’ off the face of the Earth.

This book is much, much better than the first book. The book follows multiple storylines, is epic in proportions, and actually has characters that we can engage with and love.

We meet a lot of new characters in this book, but we also finally get to learn more about and start to engage with some of the characters introduced in the first novel. The story doesn’t really focus on Yukiko but bounces between Yukiko, Kin, Hiro, Hida, Michi, and Yoshi. It is a lot of points of view to read from. However, all of the characters are very interesting and have a lot of depth to them which makes them interesting to read about. I enjoyed all the storylines and never found myself wishing that I could finish up with this character and move on to the next.

Yukiko is going through a lot of growing pains, literally, in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mace & Lacey Gannon on December 2, 2013
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Kinslayer Kills it!!!

Kristoff again gives readers an awesome story that is a worthy sequel to his Stormdancer. Never dull nor boring, Kinslayer continues the epic story of Yukiko and her mind-bonded friend, the uber cool griffin, aka arashitora, Baruu the storm tiger.

Kristoff never lets off the gas here, and is either giving in depth character-driven story, or out of this world action. Both the old characters and the new are ALL interesting and multifaceted.

Fantastic and poetry like penmanship, does this Jay Kristoff have. There is no one out there now that writes like him. He is a stand alone in the fantasy genre.

If you have not discovered this awesome talent, then you need to ASAP!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Hernandez VINE VOICE on November 27, 2013
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OK now HERE is an original story! Japanese, steampunk, dystopian..... mythical creatures that may or may not be extinct, and an impossible quest! Strong female lead! What more could we ask for?

Well, I do have one minor complaint. All of the Japanese words, while totally working for the verisimilitude, are slowing me down in my reading as I try to figure out how to pronounce them.

But otherwise its really unique and fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Candace Robinson VINE VOICE on November 26, 2013
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This book nearly did me in. So much emotion! It was a book that once I started reading I couldn't hardly look away but at the same time I could hardly stand to read it because it felt like my heart was being ripped out, over and over again. I felt like there was so much terror and pain and just, frustration. Just so many emotions all balled up. I loved people and I hated people and sometimes it was the same person that I'd love and hate all in the same moment. Things were just wild and crazy and it was just so hard to read, and so hard to look away!

Yukiko was great, but I have to admit that I wasn't feeling her at the start. I was frustrated with her, but as the story continued that frustration went away. This book draws in several different perspectives and while Yukiko is still a main character, her portions were somewhat small compared to the whole story. I initially was worried about this, I just wanted her and Buruu and that's it. But as I got to know some others they really grew on me. And I think it was important for us to see all the different perspectives and places. Because there were people in the palace, there was the Kage resistance and then there was Yukiko, who ended up somewhere else through much of it. So with the different POV's we got to see what was going on everywhere.

One thing that was ripping my heart out is that not all of the 'good guys' are always the 'good guys'. They sometimes do bad things and some actions and injustices had me screaming in my head. I wanted to reach in and strangle some people. Really, they ruined EVERYTHING. ARG. So this isn't actually a negative in the story, it was just something that got me all worked up. Which is actually a positive I guess. Even though it makes me angry...
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More About the Author

Jay Kristoff is the author of of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press & Tor UK. STORMDANCER and KINSLAYER are out now. Book 3 will be released in September 2014.

Jay is 6'7 and has approximately 13520 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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