The Last Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Just as layered as STORMDANCER, THE LAST STORMDANCER paints the backstory to how the Shima Isles came to grow and harvest lotus blossoms for the early guild and how the decision of which brother would become the next Shogun decides the future of the country. The impact had far greater reach than just a battle's outcome. Also, a story and a prophecy behind that battle took place, introducing the Khan (ruler) of the Arishitora, and their decision to stay in Shima, or leave before the lotus killed them off entirely.
The story centers around a blind boy of the Kitsune clan named Jun, and the arishitora, Koh, a female, he befriends on his journey to save Shima. Is destiny something the gods control? Is destiny an unstoppable force? Is it preordained? Jun's indomitable spirit shines throughout the quick, page-turning tale. The actual page count is 125 pages. Still, it will read like it's 100 pages. If you enjoyed STORMDANCER, this is a must read and can only be received as a preorder bonus for KINSLAYER, book 2 of the Lotus War Series. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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