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The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. 

When Dinétah needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie - a monster hunter and supernatural killer - is its last, best hope. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. Reluctantly, she enlists the aid of an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel Dinétah, unraveling clues from ancient legends and trading favors with tricksters. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive - for what she uncovers about the monster she is sent to find is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.   

©2018 Rebecca Roanhorse (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cynthia
  • Monrovia, California, United States
  • 08-09-18

The person you hire when the heroes fail

“I’m the person you hire when the heroes have already come home in body bags.” -MH

Ii like to listen to Audible books when I am hiking and trail running. I got 25 miles in (with a net elevation gain of 3,967 feet) listening to Rebecca Roanhorse’s “Trail of Lightning” (2018). In two days. When the average temperature was 96 degrees, and the air was thick with smoke from the worst California wildfires in recorded history.

I’m tired, slightly dehydrated, 3 pounds lighter, and as happy as I can be knowing that I’m going to have to wait another year for the next book in The Sixth World Series, “Storm of Locusts” (2019). What’s even more extraordinary? Audible was my second trip with Monsterslayer Maggie Hoskie; the gorgeous, ethereal Healer Kai Arviso and his grandfather Tah; the trickster Coyote (Ma’li); and the immortal monsterslayer Neizgháni, The print edition was released several months before the Audible, and “Trail of Lightning” was so well reviewed I just couldn’t wait. The Audible did not disappoint, and the cover art for the print edition is so gorgeous I’m happy to have both.

The book starts, “The monster has been here . . . I can also smell the child he’s stolen.” What a chilling way to begin a story. Who - or what - is the monster? And who made the monster? Who is the child, who are her parents, who are her clans? Who has what clan powers?

Coyote is always present, preening and dressed in Western finer. He cajoles, diverts, amuses - and as always, tricks and lies.

Coyote’s adversary is Maggie Hoskie, the protege of Neizgháni. Mags (as Kai calls her) has clan powers that make her a warrior. She’s a killer with a conscience, horrified by what she thinks people think of her because of her abilities. Mags is fully armed and as adept with knives as guns. She’s fierce and unforgettable.

A few weeks before I listened to “Trail of Lightning” I happened to take a trip to Dinétah. I was able to geographically set the locations of The Sixth World. It’s serenely, austerely beautiful now, with soaring red gold mesas; and a sere island refuge after the New Madrid fault and the Big Water created a new coast and a new country in the book.

I thought Tanis Parenteau was a wonderful narrator, but to be fair - I’m not Diné (Navajo) and I don’t speak that language. Ms. Parenteau is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Canada. The Navajo seemed natural in the narration, not forced.

The title of the review is a modified quote from the book.

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It’s a long A.

I loved this story and the way it was told. I don’t know if the individual reading this to me was Navajo or not but it would’ve been nice to have a native tongue speak the Diné words used in this book. I cringed every time the word “Hogan” was said.

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Superb world-building, but trigger-warning

This book has an interesting new fantasy setting and I was glad I finished it. I almost didn't because there is an early, violent death of a child. That stopped me and I didn't listen to more until I was desperate for another book. I don't buy books about kidnapped children or abused children, etc. Sorry, but I just can't. The heroine is strong and smart, which I like. Her sidekick has complementary strengths. The underlying mythology is interesting. So, I'll probably buy the next in the series. However, I'm not looking forward to it with excitement like I am to the next in the Akita Witch series.

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Worth Reading

The story was very good, very harry dresden esk in the way the mystery builds. The characters are good. I would definitely get the next book if there is one.

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  • LMG
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 11-11-18

unique world, strong MC

Not an "easy" read, but a fun, fascinating, fast read.
Cool MC. Interesting side characters. Cool world.
Immediately went out and read everything I could get my hands on by this author.
All good. This one was the best.

#FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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First-rate world building

I took a chance on this one because it seemed different and I was ready for an adventure. I am really glad I did. The cast of characters is varied and interesting. The narrator does a wonderful job creating distinct voices for the different characters without going overboard. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is the ending. It’s too much of a cliffhanger to be satisfying. Still, I highly recommend this one.

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So. Amazing.

I can not recommend this enough. This is probably the most rich and exciting audiobook I’ve listened to in over a year. These relationships felt so real. The story was interesting. What could seem like simple tropes had some real depth and fresh ideas. Was completely engaged throughout. I hope you spend the credit and experience this world too.

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  • kattwmn
  • Woodland, WA, United States
  • 01-16-19

Fantastic new world from a new author!

Post apocalyptic meets Navajo mythology meets not-quite-anti-hero-version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's no wonder Audible listed this among the top listens of 2018.

My biggest gripes were that there were some characters that the narrator didn't do the way I think they would have sounded (making them sound angry or evil when they probably wouldn't have had that tone while talking) and that it was sometimes a bit tough keeping some of the Navajo words/names straight (there was one word the main character was called repeatedly that I missed what it meant, which was frustrating).

I hope the author continues with the series.

PS: To Audible in the intro/closing: Roan is a color of horse and is one syllable, pronounced rōn; not two syllables ro-an.

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Good read. good narration

the author has some really great use of plot twists and tension. it was an interesting and mysterious apocalyptic setting.

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Excellent read- Indigenous brilliance!

This is such an engaging book. I loved every minute. I can’t wait to teach it in my classroom!

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  • paul sparks
  • 01-04-19

Thought provoking fantasy

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, I’ve come to be wary of books that all the so called critics rave about as most of these reviews are always postings and lack honesty, it’s a good book and I look forward to the next instalment for the characters developed

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  • Ruth
  • 08-29-18

Highly recommended

A great story & excellent narration. A post-apocalyptic American Indian adventure story where monsters & anti-heroes roam the desert.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-18

Loved it!

Just so good for so many reasons. Looking forward to reading more from this author.