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The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.

A Dying Land

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

An Impossible Quest

The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shogun to capture a thunder tiger - a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shogun is death.

A Hidden Gift

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shogun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

©2012 Jay Kristoff (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Started out good......

What did you like best about Stormdancer? What did you like least?

When I first started reading this book, I liked the idea of a Steampunk Japan. And it was fun, but as I read on and the further I got, the more it kind of grated on me, the main character and the way the author wrote her. She is a female! But in the book, we get more descriptions of the beautiful women around her (from her perspective) then we do about the man she instantly falls in love with, or any other men in the book. We know more about passing boobs than anything/anyone else. If the author can't write convincingly from the female perspective, maybe he shouldn't. And I am getting a little tired of the stereotypical sourly teenage girl, didn't we get enough of that from Twilight? I do think girls are more than single-faceted.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stormdancer?

I loved the scenes with thunder-tiger, those were my favourite, and possibly only reason to ever delve deeper into this series.

What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved the narrator's voice for the thunder cat. She did an amazing job otherall. I would listen to more books that she narrates. She's wonderful.

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Amazing Idea, Poorly executed

Narrator was good.

Story was just slow to get started... and then when it did get started, it flew by.

Too much background at the beginning... not enough reflection once the plot finally kicks in.

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Good first book, good listen

I read this book in print before buying the audio version, and enjoyed it immensely. Granted, it's not perfect, as it is the author's first book, but it was entertaining. Yes, the story does start to drag a bit about 3/4 of the way through, but not so much that I lost interest. Yes, the author does borrow elements from Chinese culture, not just Japanese. Yes, the author does perhaps use elements of the language incorrectly. But remember that this is a fantasy story, and as such does not need to be grounded in reality.
Jennifer Ikeda does an excellent job of the narration. At first, I was a bit concerned about her not being able to differentiate between characters well, but manages that well as I was never confused about who was speaking. She conveys their emotions just as well, and I think she is the perfect voice for Yukiko.
Overall, it's not perfect. But it was definitely worth the listen. It kept me absorbed and entertained, and I look forward to Book Two.
I think you should buy it and give it a chance.

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I'll Have The Katanas With A Side Of Steampunk!

I've been away for a couple months due to a VERY hectic travel schedule, but I'm back to do a number of reviews, and I'll begin here.

Whenever a good writer, both new or seasoned, takes up the challenging task of creating a genre'-bending scifi and quasi-fantasy novel or series, and does so successfully, it's a beauty to behold. But, it CAN also be a MESS. We're talking dangerous waters. Slippery slopes. Career-ruining mistakes. We've all read and listened to such disasters.

Not worries here. This is a great listen, and it's not only designed well, it's WRITTEN well. Be prepared to be absorbed in this enjoyable listen, and overlook the minor errors to get the most out of the experience.

It's often so easy to look at an audiobook cover, title or brief description, and write off the author and his or her work as a "typical genre'" read/listen. BE CAREFUL. You do that here, and you've missed out. Kristoff offers great prose, solid character creation, excellent fight scenes (I will NOT say much on this to give anything away, except that the sky battles are astounding!), and very successful delivery of steampunk with strong eastern influence. It's a sweet refreshing mix, unlike the tirade of Steampunk writing that is so landlocked within it's own genre'.

As to the narrator, meh. Good, but not a Roy D. Some may not agree with this, but that's fine. I expect GREAT narration to enhance my experience. There are other better female and male choice I would have chosen, but the narrator didn't detract from the story.

If you've followed any of my previous reviews, I offer no spoilers, no elaborate details, no free reads on plots. Am I being intentionally vague? You BET. Doing differently only takes away from the initial listening experience. Let's get over that, and move along,

Keep in mind, dear Audible listener, that book listening is very much like a having a meal on the town: You can go where you usually go, and choose a meal of which you're comfortable. You get what you expect. Ho hum.

OR...

You can reach out a bit, and try that Oriental place around the corner that you didn't know was there. It may not have the glossy front or the valet parking you're used to, but you can discover a great cuisine that you'd never enjoyed if you'd not taken the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. You expand your culinary tastes, and are better for it. And suddenly, a whole new world opens up to you. Steampunk is a fantastic genre' IF written with an original style and storyline, and that definitely happens here.

This audiobook will surprise you, take you on a new journey, and possibly expand your listening taste for the unusual and surprising.

I look forward to more from this author, and will definitely make the choice to listen to his next in the series!

Oops! I've talked too much, and the waiter is here waiting for my order, so I'd better speak up!

"I'll take the Katana with a side order of Steampunk please!"

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Boring Slow Book!

Why does it take roughly 3 hours of an 11 hour book to start doing anything? The author seems to reveal in the Wikipedia-esque dumps of the landscape that really matter in the long run.

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OMG, read anything else

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Anyone else could have read this book and this would have been average, but Jennifer Ikeda is the worst. The action is boring, the voices are terrible and she OVERPRONOUCES every japanese word. I can visable see the words bolded when she talks. Not to mention the story is bland predictable and just straight crap. Please read anything else. Im trying to save you.

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Unique yet Derivative

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How could something so different feel so derivative? The setting was very original with many great ideas. But the story was one we have all read 100 times in fantasy, which I don't mind that much, what I didn't like was the characters where stock fantasy characters that seemed to be taken right out of a Final Fantasy video game and had very little personality or anything to really make them interesting. I found that I had trouble keeping track of who was who, simple because I didn't really care who was who.

This is story would be good for a young adult audience. But was not well written enough for my tastes.

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Hope the next one is better

Just finished the first two Nevernight Chronicles, excellent, so ordered this one, the story might be ok but with the narration it impossible to figure out what going on. I think they borrowed the narrator from the childrens book "Good Night Moon" not the right narrator for ninja fighting sequences.

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Magic v Mech - great concept, good execution

Dystopian, urban fantasy epic set in an alternate steampunk, feudal Japan? Heck, ya! Anime imagery of magical spirit griffins and gorgons vs. Flash Gordon mechanical Guild zealots and tech-weaponized samurai? Take my money! Court intrigue and a female lead who fights with brain, brawn, and body? Holy trifecta!

The overall concept, setting, and storyline were great... but the execution fell a little short, especially in character development and dialogue. The Shogun is a one-note bad guy, cartoonishly shallow and too oblivious to be a credible leader. Yukiko is better balanced, with the expected flaws of being 16 conflicting with great potential and strength of spirit. But, the relative ease in which she gains mythic status, battle prowess, and espionage savvy weren’t developed enough for me to truly believe. The romantic plots and sex were particularly abrupt and clumsy. I also think there was a missed opportunity to lean more into the horror vibe.

This male author seems focused on teen girl leads who are instinctive warriors in a world of dark blood magic and swords. The writing worked better for me in his Nightwise series, but the graphic novel world painted in this book most captured my fancy. The sex and violence is more TV than cable level (especially compared to his Nightwise series). There’s a smattering of F bombs. I’m recommending this to my teenagers and am satisfied enough to move to book 2.

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Approved

if you loved Japanese style adventures. you'll love this book.
narrators did a fantastic job, thank you to them.

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