Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning

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"While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive."
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, 2018
Edition: First Saga Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781534413498
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC ROANHOR 2018
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 24 cm


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JessicaGma Oct 12, 2018

A really great story with a Dine heroine set in a post-flood future. I loved all the characters and it sets up the series brilliantly for more adventures. I can't wait!!

Oct 05, 2018

I loved all the characters in this book, the mythos and lore that makes up the world, and the way in which Roanhorse shaped it into a diverse array of clan groups, characteristics, and supernatural abilities. A richly imagined landscape that I can't wait to return to in the sequel.

Sep 11, 2018

Great characterization, fascinating world-building, and compelling characters. Most of the book was really strong, but it lost a bit of steam in the last third - the plot threads didn't weave together as well as they should have, and there were a couple of "revelations" that were so obvious that I genuinely didn't realize the characters weren't supposed to already know them. Still, a very strong start to a series I'm interested in following to the next book.

Sep 07, 2018

Brilliant and not grim dark. Author won the Hugo Award for best short story and the Campbell Award for best new writer.

ArapahoeGrace Aug 18, 2018

A powerful but tortured kick-butt Diné heroine fights her own demons while she also battles physically manifested monsters in this post-apocalyptic thrill ride. With amazing imagery, Rebecca Roanhorse skillfully builds a new world for readers while ensuring her characters are fabulously complex. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Aug 08, 2018

This was a fantastic book! I felt as if I was watching a movie while reading it and it ended with so many twists and turns. My jaw dropped a few times. Can't wait to read the next installment in the series.

kirstd31 Aug 07, 2018

This new series reminds me of a cross between the Midnight Texas books by Charlaine Harris and the main character is a version of Anita Blake without all of the romantic entanglements.
I enjoyed the book. The characters were interesting and the mystery was hard to solve.

RobertELPL Jul 25, 2018

Very solid debut and first book in a new series. It was fun to read an Urban Fantasy novel steeped in Native American mythos. There were a few instances where I got kind of lost and wasn't sure how the characters ended up where they ended up, but it was still enjoyable to read. I would love to listen to this on audio to hear all of the Native American names and words pronounced correctly. Looking forward to the second book.

fineplan Jul 19, 2018

Very satisfying first entry in a new fantasy series... well, except that I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. It definitely takes the story arc to completion -- there's one sort of loose end, but I think it was actually answered. The issue is that I don't want to be done following Kai and Maggie on their adventures and learning more about this future. Luckily, it looks like there are at least two more to come!

This was sort of an urban fantasy -- though in same what that Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series is. It's the future and cities don't quite work the way they do today... So our protagonists make their way through a half-familiar land trying to solve a supernatural mystery that heavily uses Native American folklore (specifically, Southwestern). I've read other books that call upon Native American tales, but few have felt this authentic, yet unique.

It's an excellent ride with good twists and great characters.

SPL_Shauna Jul 14, 2018

This book is just wild. Monster-hunter Maggie Hoskie gets by after the apocalypse as a kind of bounty hunter. She's an Imperator Furiosa-level heroine with a jerk god for an ex boyfriend and a faux-himbo hot guy sidekick, and she's all that really stands between Denetah's past as the world's island of calm after the Big Water climate apocalypse, and its possible future as a monster-ridden hellscape shell of itself. *Trail of Lightning* is pure, action-packed SF escapism at its best, and it's the first in a series. Book 2 is due out 2019 and I feel like I'll explode waiting that long.

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