Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
A SHATTERED EMPIREThe 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 LEGACYYukiko 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 STORMKagé 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.
The ghosts of a blood-stained past.
A battle of epic porpotions is coming in this outstanding sequel of Stormdancer! Yukiko and Burru along with the Kage rebels will have to fight the new danger that arises in Kigen city. Moreover Yukiko is losing her control over the Kenning and the gaijin of the north appear slowly in the plot.
The best part of this book was the non-stop action. It felt like I was reading an anime; THAT real it felt. Burru and Yukiko are a great pair, Kin in in the story too, though I had my doubts and fears for him and also new characters appear, who I think will not have good endings.
The battles, the descriptions of the tortured nature, how the gaijin had this russian element in them, everything made the book a unique sequel which in no way will bore you! And Michi is a badass! Though she shouldn't have done THAT towards the end of the book.
This book, and the series deserve to be made into an anime. No TV series or movie, but a good drawn anime with badass music and tearful moments. Well made Mr. Kristoff, well made. ;)
About the author:
Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 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.