With Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff came roaring onto the fantasy scene - he has been praised as "the master of unique and intense plots and huge twists" (USA Today), while critics raved about the novel, calling it "[A] fast-paced, fantastical adventure [that] is sharp as a Shogun's sword." (The LA Times). And with healthy sales in hardcover and electronic - fueled by Jay's inventive, enthusiastic, and relentless promotion on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere - we know readers are hungry for the finale to his wildly inventive Lotus War saga.
As civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation - a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu's past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin's betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth. An exciting, vivid conclusion to a critically acclaimed series, Endsinger is sure to have fans racing through the minutes to savor every last revelation.
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This is the best book in the series. I know I started reading this because of the samurai steampunk fusion thing and this final book really brings everything together in a big spectacle and connects a lot of the dots. There are parts of the previous books that I thought were perhaps mainly for adding flavor to the setting that end up being important in this last book. Overall it is just a really satisfying ending and it left me thinking of what a fun setting Jay had created.
My only complaints are that there are some characters that behave in a way that seems irrational and just meant to create a hurdle for the protagonists. This is somewhat rectified when at least one of these characters comes around to acknowledge they were being irrational.
Great voice acting, great settings and great writing . However, I feel like this series was overly depressing I found myself not caring anymore if a character died. Yes there needs to have conflict and realism but I just found the book to be similar to walking dead because like this book; so many characters died so randomly and obviously it just made me as a reader go "eh another one bites the dust." Regardless Jay does an amazing job at steampunk anime-esque book it is still worth your time.
The story! The characters! The heartache! The humor!
Endsinger is rather unique but I'd consider comparing the epic nature of it all to Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings w/ a steampunk twist.
It's passionate and detailed, echoing the characters and story perfectly.
About the last 25% - I can't give details or it would ruin it!
No specific spoilers here. It has taken me a few days to try to write a coherent review following my emotional turmoil and profuse sobbing after completing this series.
Endsinger is a truly satisfying conclusion to the Lotus Wars. Kristoff continues to solidify himself as a master storyteller. The sheer creativity of the plot, well developed characters and relationships as well as the profound writing style make this a stunning read. Reading this series is an experience for the senses.
Having read Kristoff's stance on happy endings, I tried to prepare myself for the worst but hoped for the best. I was not disappointed. The losses sustained are meaningful and necessary for the story. That being said, they were still gut-wrenching. Despite the heartache, this remains probably my most memorable read of 2014. I have the strong desire to immediately start the series again just to relive the highs and lows of such a beautiful kinship and poignant portrait of human and beastkind at their best and worst.
Twisting across your imagination like white chocolate mousse. Combination Samaria, Steampunk, and Fantasy, written by a man who knows how to voice a female hero. Deeply challenging your view of the world, technology vs conservation, boshido vs free will, interwoven with love and loss, friendship, joy and pain. What a wonderful ride, what more can we ask for. Victory at what price, leaves you begging for more.
The audio was great, a challenging book to read out loud, brought to life with only minor points that could be improved.
it's been a long time since I listen to a story that had my heart pumping and made it difficult for me to stop my engine and got out of the car. this was refreshing on so many levels. different adventurous futuristic but mythological. I will tell everyone I know who reads or listens, to pick up these books.
The Lotus war series is one of my new favorites. welcome to a steam punk distopia that includes legendary mythical creatures and semi magical powers. it is exciting from the beginning and holds your attention throughout. great story and excellent performance by Jennifer Ikeda.
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