Yeah, it was alright. I mean, if you like that kind of thing. If you like brilliant novels, with outstanding writing and storyline, and fantastic char...moreYeah, it was alright. I mean, if you like that kind of thing. If you like brilliant novels, with outstanding writing and storyline, and fantastic characters, and, you know, a katana wielding girl riding on a thunder tiger in a Japanese steampunk layout. *shrug* If you like that kind of book, I suppose you would like this one.
So, Stormdancer was quite a roller coaster ride. A really thrilling one that you just want to ride again and again. It’s the best steampunk book I’ve read, (not that I’ve read a lot of steampunk, but still, amazing steampunk). It’s the best book I’ve read that is Japanese inspired, (not that I’ve read a lot of Japanese inspired books). It’s the best book about thunder tigers I have ever read. Although, this is the only book about thunder tigers that I have ever read, so I guess that’s not really saying anything. Except for the fact that that makes this novel original. So I guess it’s a good thing, that I haven’t read a book that is similar to this one. Okay, you know what? This book one of the best YA books I have read.
I can’t say it’s the best, (for me), because a lot of violence and gory scenes aren’t really my thing. But when I find a novel, or show, that is bloody and violent, and has an amazing plot and story, and fantastic characters, and powerful emotion and relationships, I fall hard for the story. And the blood doesn’t bother me as much. Stories like, the Mistborn trilogy. That has some pretty graphic scenes, but the story is brilliant. And like the TV show Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, (I haven’t read the manga). That, is a very bloody, violent anime. But I love it, because the story is amazing and emotional. Stormdancer, is like these. It’s violent, but amazing. So I loved it. Like a lot. And I could definitely see this playing out in anime form, or even live action. Either way, it would make an awesome show.
I fell in love with the Japanese culture. But it was a little hard to envision everything, because there were a lot of Japanese terms that I had no clue what they were, so the pictures in my mind were missing things sometimes. But the picture I did get, was still awesome. And Kristoff’s writing certainly helped. He wrote with deftness and grace, crafting an amazing world with fantastic characters and folklore. On that note, Buruu, the thunder tiger, may have been my favorite character. His presence is incredibly impressive. But his emotions are what got to me. You can see his mind, and you can understand him. I loved his relationship with Yukiko. It started out very rocky, and dangerous, but evolved into something beautiful, and I want to see more of it, and see it strengthen even more.
And I loved all the other characters. I loved Yukiko. She was a strong character, who still showed a little weakness, but she had incredible depth, and powerful love. And her love may be hidden, but she truly cares for people, like her father. That was another relationship that I liked. They don’t have a good relationship, but at the end, things are revealed and understood, and it was beautiful. So, yeah. This novel was pretty much amazing. I think it will resonate with and impress many readers. And I can’t wait for the sequel. And, perhaps, news about a movie deal? Hmm? So, my hat's off to Mr. Kristoff; you did yourself proud.
Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the arc!