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Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,388 ratings  ·  308 reviews
The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.

Yukiko and the mighty thu
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published September 1st 2013)
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Jay Kristoff
Jul 18, 2013 Jay Kristoff added it  ·  (Review from the author)
KINSLAYER is the best book I’ve ever written. Of course, I’ve only written two proper books (well three actually, but the first one was about vampires and never got published and jesus wtf@me thinking that was a good idea). And I tend to be biased about my books, given that I’m usually the one that wrote them. But, I would five star the hell out of this thing, if the idea of authors rating their own books were not abhorrent to me on a molecular level.

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The plot is difficult to talk ab
Kat Kennedy
Kristoff has said, many times, that he doesn’t believe in happy endings. For the sake of all his readers, I once took him out for drinks and tried to get him terribly drunk. The one flaw in my plan being that I am 5’8 and he is 7′monster. My intention was to discover his true plans for the Stormdancer trilogy, and his earnestness about causing angst and heartbreak to his readers.

Alas, good folks, I can only surmise that Kristoff truly believes in neither happy endings or sparing his readers pain
Dan Schwent
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Wendy Darling
So. Much. Blood.

Review to come.
I really did not intend to read this book. I feel like I got my fill of/said my piece in the Stormdancer review, and who wants to retread? (other than Kinslayer, BA-ZING) So you guys (and I!) can thank Shiori and my pitiful resistance to peer pressure for this, another miserable two-month, 500-page slog. Also, UNMARKED SPOILERS ABOUND in this review.

I immediately regret this decision gif

First things first: the sama-as-'sir' and hai-as-'yes' thing - which, I'll have you know, was a totally intentional linguistic twist, I don't know



I miss Yukiko and Buruu already...
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4.5 stars

Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

Your anger can topple mountains. Crush empires. Change the very shape of the world.” He pressed the blade into her hand, watched her cool eyes the colour of steel.
“Your anger is a gift.”

The amount of twists Kinslayer occupies makes me wonder how I will progress through writing this review. This book twisted my guts. (I uPUNagise) Thi
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Hello, precious.


Read This Review & More Like It On Ageless Pages Reviews!

Jay Kristoff:

looks a lot like Dave Grohl
has a lot of imagination
a tendency to pull no punches
the ability to craft a viable, complex, interesting world
breaks my brain with every book he has written

Last year, Jay burst onto the scene with his steampunkian fantasy of an almost-Japan (here called the Shima Imperium) with his debut novel, Stormdancer. The hype began early, built over months of anticipation
I read this in 6 hours. Then again. D.E.V.O.T.E.D.

A warm and lovely thanks to St Martin's Griffin (Thomas Dunne Books)/Macmillan US for sending a floppy ARC all the way to Australia for me to devour, and also thanks to Jay for getting me one!

A breakdown of the moments after I received a package from Macmillan US containing Kinslayer:

Mum: Braiden, can you put the clothes on the line? Empty the dishwasher? Vacuum the floor? Clean the bench?


Mum: All right. I’m off. Love you.


(pretend the cat

Meh, there were some good parts but the majority of Kinslayer was boring.

-The writing didn't work for me, there were too many awkwardly phrased sentences and descriptions.

-The number of made up places/names/titles irritated me, I had to keep looking at the glossary because I didn't know what most of the words meant. The different titles and such just made the story confusing.

-There were too many POV's. The only ones I really liked were Michi and Hana's POV, they were both great. Yukiko w
Amie Kaufman
What an extraordinary book. Jay Kristoff truly writes epic fantasy, and in KINSLAYER he seemingly effortlessly takes everything in STORMDANCER to the next level.

You'll be reacquainted with old friends and enemies and meet plenty of new ones, falling in love along the way. The characters risk everything, and some lose it all -- you'll have your heart broken over and over again, and you'll stand up and cheer, and every minute of it will be worth it. You'll travel to new places, and see parts of Kr
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Last year, I was really blown away by Jay Kristoff's debut, Stormdancer. Though this often isn't the case, I'm actually more impressed with the sequel. This does seem to have been a trend lately, and I do hope it continues, especially if the book world is going to continue to be overrun with series. But I digress. Kinslayer is darker, creepier, and more intense than its predecessor. If you're one of those people who thinks characters meeting gruesome ends is a necessity in epic works, get excite ...more
Shambhawi P.
This book made me lose my faith in the power of love.

I mean I always had a voice at the back of my mind - Dumbledore's to be precise - telling me that love is the greatest of all magic. Then he would also tell me I was a witch, fooled by my insecure muggle parents all these years and would be whisked a-way to the world of magic...

Kinslayer almost destroyed that.


So. Much. Betrayal.

This book had the whole pseudo-Japanese Steampunk thingie going on as was in the first book but on a whole darker
Steph Sinclair

This cover is badass. I love it even more than Stormdancer's. And you can win an ARC at Cuddlebuggery!

Are you kidding me? Of course I'm reading this. The lotus must bloom.
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
Kinslayer starts off with a bang and it doesn't stop there. It just keeps running full steam ahead! There was so many plot lines and different things going on all at the same time that I was never bored. So many revelations..You never know who to trust. There's so many people I wanted to trust, but at the same time knew they would betray their friends. Yukiko and Hiro's anger makes them dangerous. And when characters are so blinded by their hate, they turn into people they don't even know. It wa ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 stars. It's going to be extremely difficult to talk about the sheer awesomeness of this book without giving spoilers, but darn it, I'm going to try! In general I tend not to do spoilers in reviews, but more important is the fact that I simply don't think anything will compare to the emotional rollercoaster of experiencing all the ups-and-downs of this book yourself.

Like the first book, though, it took me a while to get into the story. However, it's significant to note that some of the best
Neyra ♦
May 15, 2013 Neyra ♦ marked it as must-read

The cover! THE cover!! THE COOOVVVEEERRRR!!!!!!


Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Stormdancer was one of my favourite books of 2012. I’m happy to report that Kinslayer not only lived up to the first epic story but completely surpassed it in awesome. Excuse me while I have a bit of a gushy moment! I’ll try to describe what I love about this book without actually talking about what happens – you need to read that for yourself.

It’s been a few months since Yukiko and Buruu killed Shogun Yoritomo, losing her father and kick-starting a massive rebellion in the process. The Stormdan
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I wasn't the huge fan of Stormdancer--I really enjoyed, but there was just something missing from it. I really wanted to love Stormdancer, but it didn't really live up to my expectations. Kinslayer is a whole another story, I loved every single word and sentence. Kinslayer takes everything I loved about Stormdancer and reciprocates them tenfold in such an intriguing fashion. Few sequels surpass their predecessors and Kinslayer is DE
This was truly excellent. A few nitpicky things regarding the redundancy some of the phrases used (Kristoff really enjoys likening things and people to cancer...often), and the pacing kept this from being a full five star read, though. And then of course there's the scene wherein Yukiko attempts to coerce a female arashitora to let Buruu essentially rape her, Worlds and worlds of no.

Review to come.
Tabitha (Pabkins)
So dark and mournful it makes my heart bleed…

Read my Interview with the author Jay Kristoff @ Not Yet Read

Kinslayer takes everything dark that exists in the human heart and boils it down until there is nothing left of us. This is war and Kinslayer is going to take you to the pit of it while dragging your sad sop of a soul through some barbed war just for good measure.

I recall feeling entirely despondent after reading one particular scene it due to the nature of it and how accurately it was depic
The Airship Librarian
Before Reading:

This is the UK cover. Super gorgeous. Yukiko is ready to slice people open. Awesome. Also, the waterfall is lovely. I am in love with this cover.

And this is the US. And while I loved the UK, I completely adore the US. For the first book I preferred the UK, but... This captures the book SO WELL. Also, Buruu is such a big part of the story that I feel like he needs to be on the cover and he wasn't on the cover of the UK. So... I thin
Syahira Sharif
Jan 12, 2014 Syahira Sharif rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I'm reading this so that you wouldn't.

After a handy dandy random "This book is for English speaking audience" comment I received on my blog (since I am currently using English, please enlighten me about how I don't fit into the English-speaking audience) I made a decision to review Kinslayer rather than rewriting my angst-ridden negative review on Stormdancer and rehashing the discussion because frankly I want the bygones to be bygones but the issues with this series seems to latch upon me whenever I try to forget about it. But I'll


Rating: Brilliantly plotted with an array of fascinating characters and dense, original world-building. Also OW OW MY FEELS

*collapses with a ball and sobs into pillows*

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

The cover: Jay Kristoff gets THE BEST COVERS. Look at that glory. It's so dynamic and badass. Check out the blood scraped across Yukiko's face! And the sea dragon! And Buruu's magnificent self!

The story: All right... how to write a coherent review of Kinslayer...

Dec 25, 2014 Helen marked it as on-the-shelf-and-going-to-read
Shelves: cover-lust

That. Cover.


This is, hands down, one of the best books I’ve ever read! For about a week after, I adopted Shima-speak in my head which almost burst out a few times. Just imagine how I’d try to explain that to my friends!

I loved Stormdancer so Kinslayer (though I wasn’t quite enamored with the title, sorry, Jay!) was a highly anticipated release. It was so much better than I ever expected it to be. There was so much happening that I didn’t know which way to turn. There wasn’t any break, Bam Ba
I. Black99
The Lotus War series began with Stormdancer. Now, Jay Kristoff has brought to his stunning second instalment, Kinslayer. This books picks up where book one ended. Yukiko has been driven on by a thirst for vengeance when her father was slain; but there is more at risk than the dying hope of exacting one's vengeance; something is wrong with the Kenning, the powerful telepathic link that allows Yukiko to speak to her mystical companion and friend, Buruu, the Thunder Tiger, Plagued by raging headach ...more
Four and a half stars: A stunning, emotional, action packed sequel.

Yukiko is still licking her wounds after slaying the Shogun. She is overcome with grief for her father. Not to mention that suddenly using her Kenning ability is causing her horrific pain. She seeks answers to help her better control her gift. Unfortunately, Yukiko doesn't have much time as there are wedding plans being made. The Guild is plotting to place a new Shogun on the throne through marriage. If they succeed they will ens
what the fucking fuck

I just can't even process some of this shit right now.

It's all crazy madness. Some of it is cool madness. And some of it is I-don't-know-how-to-take-this madness. There are surprises. Good ones. Bad ones. No punches held. The stuff that goes down in Kinslayer has me simultaneously needing the next book and wanting to take this whole year or whatever between books to try to figure out what the hell I think about the stuff I just read.

Some of these characters, man. Michi is b
Charlotte (The Simple Tales)
Originally posted at Gypsy Reviews

I received an ARC from Pan MacMillan Australia. Thank you!

Having been blown away by Stormdancer, no doubt my expectations for Kinslayer were high and I wondered if it would be unable to live up to them. But however, Kristoff managed to pull it off and make Kinslayer even better than Stormdancer and keeps giving you massive facepunches throughout the book that you won’t even have time to recover before the next one. Kinslayer is a testament that this series is am
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“It takes courage to say goodbye. To stare at a thing lost and know it is gone forever. Some tears are iron forged.” 11 likes
“My gift to you, Yukiko-chan.' He nodded. 'Use it to cut away your fear, and leave nothing in its wake. Cherish it. And cherish this truth I speak to you now, if no other before or after: The greatest tempest Shima has even known waits in the wings for you to call its name. Your anger can topple mountains. Crush empires. Change the very shape of the world.'
He pressed the blade into her hand, watched her with cool eyes the colour of steel.
'Your anger is a gift.”
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