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The Way of Thorn and Thunder

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Taking fantasy literature beyond the stereotypes, Daniel Heath Justice's acclaimed Thorn and Thunder novels are set in a world resembling eighteenth-century North America. The original trilogy is available here for the first time as a fully revised one-volume novel. The story of the struggle for the green world of the Everland, home of the forest-dwelling Kyn, is an advent ...more
Paperback, 616 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by University of New Mexico Press
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Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Why does this book has less then 100 ratings? Why is this book not better known?

I have read a lot raved about books in the 1000 or 10.000 areas that were mediocre in comparison to this beautiful, heartwrenching, melancholic and soulful novel. Daniel Heath Justice provides us with a meaningful story about identity, kinship and the question about what really matters in a life.

He takes the theme of the trail of tears and clothes it in an elaborately fleshed out Fantasy world where the realms of Hu
Bogi Takács
This was amazing.

Reviews of the first two parts (will update once I write the third part of these posts - hopefully soon IY"H)
Source of the book: I got it as a present from my wishlist, but from someone who wanted to remain anonymous. Thank you!!!
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Kinship is about so much more than blood.” This book blew my mind. I would give it six stars if I could as it is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. The Way of Thorn and Thunder has all the elements of a great fantasy story: the compelling, epic narrative, the multiple nuanced protagonists and the unique and imaginative setting.

However, the author goes well above and beyond just great storytelling. This book drew me in so much that I didn’t notice time passing. When I did look up, it
Lilly Brown
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kynship Chronicles is speculative fiction epic that follows beautifully written Folk and Human characters as they become implicated in the defence of the Folk homelands, the Everland, against an impending invasion by Man. The narrative unfolds as the reader is carried by the journeying of different Folk, weaving a story that details a complex politics of survival and resistance to colonising forces.

Justice complicates colonial conceptions of gender and Indigeneity, writing characters that i
Lauren Davis
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? This is a masterpiece of fantasy fiction. (Linda Hogan and Ursula Le Guin agree with me).

One might say that what makes it special is the Indigenous North American sensibility, and that's true since I can't think of another fantasy novel set in this territory. However, although that's an important consideration, it might give some the impression the ONLY reason it's important is because of the Indigenous canvas. What a mistake that would be. The characters, the world-building, th
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
This is a very unique take on the High-Fantasy genre. With multiple magic systems, a plethora of races and people of all types, and a map so big you could easily get lost in it. AND this story is written by a Native Cherokee author and the story is a well-crafted analogy of the Trail of Tears.

Justice weaves a thrilling story through multiple characters points of view as they attempt to change the fate of their world. Each character is unique and strongly formed, and watching them interact with
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is really more of a 3.5 and I went back and forth on 3 or 4 but eventually decided to go with a high 3.5. Take 1 part Tolkien, 1 part Star Wars and add a pinch of Harry Potter. Mix well and then use it to retell the Cherokee Trail of Tears story. And it does a very good job of that. It was originally published as 3 separate works of a trilogy and this edition is a new edition all in one. I didn't think the third part was as strong as the rest. It crammed a lot in and I think something was l ...more
Lou Britt
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brilliant man. This guy knows what he is doing and does Native authors everywhere a huge credit.

This story is pumped full of action, political commentary (which, by the way, is biting, fresh, and totally accurate), assertive characters, and beautiful language. Deep fantasy has never been so artfully crafted.

I can't tell you how many dozens of voices of characters we hear from, but somehow can keep straight. And you want to hear from every single one. I don't know yet how he did it all, but I wan
Kimberley Shaw
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best things to come out of the #MagicInNorthAmerica kerfuffle is discovering writers such as this. Bravo, Daniel Heath Justice! *This* is what inclusive literature looks like, writing that is of, by, and for the rest of us. It took a while for the story to "take", but by chapter 6, I knew that I had to read all 600 pages through to the end.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I don't think this review can do the book justice, so I'd recommend everyone just to read it. This is such a rich story with a wonderful variety of characters, who all play their part in the story. My favourite character I think was Quill, the Doll tender, who doesn't know exactly how she can save her world, but she tries anyway. But I loved all of the main characters. Gentle, loyal Tobhi, fierce Tarsa, quirky Denarra, and so on. After 600 pages it feels like they've become part of m ...more
Kat Heatherington
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. There is so much to talk about here, I don't even know where to start. I picked this up on a free table of UNM Press overstock, and I am so glad I did; I don't know that I would ever have come across it otherwise. It's a brilliant re-imagination of what a fantasy novel can be, deeply indigenous in its sensibilities and storytelling, complex, carefully crafted, with characters, places (the place is, in many ways, the most important character), and mythologies that will linger with me fo ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A queer AF fantasy saga that centers indigenous folks and anticolonial values? Yesssss.

Except from The Way of Thorn and Thunder:

"I didn’t accept this office to be party to the wholesale degradation and slaughter of an entire race of people, Kell. That’s not why I fought for the Republic for all those years." The First Magistrate shook his silvered head, and he looked at his world-weary successor with genuine sympathy. "Of course it is, my noble-hearted friend, though you may not have known or be
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magnificent. Originally published as a trilogy, then later melded into a single volume, this novel held me spellbound from beginning to end. Wonderful characters, steady and powerful writing, beautifully evoked interrelationships between people and home places, and (very much related) smart, urgent politics. I can't recommend Daniel's novel enough.
Delvina Greig
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A fantasy story that deftly weaves issues of colonialism, and gender among many others. This thrills me beyond belief and makes me happy.
Everyone needs to read this immediately.
Zoe Aleshire
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly well crafted world, from the perspective of those affected by imperialism...which is awesome. The ending was pretty unsatisfying in how "pat" and idealistic it was...which isn't itself a bad thing, and is very empowering after reading a lovely example of speculative fiction (that the world can actually be a better place)...but still read as wrap-up-all-the-ends in a little too cheery of a way.

The ending is such a small percentage of an overall well crafted and richly woven book (you r
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I regret to have to leave this lovingly built world.

Imagine if Tolkien had been an Amerindian.

A lovingly built country inhabited by various races, and genre-bending, the stuff of a great adventure movie.

More later.
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Daniel Heath Justice is a U.S.-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (2006) (University of Minnesota Press) as well as an Indigenous fantasy trilogy, The Way of Thorn & Thunder--Kynship (2005), Wyrwood (2006), and Dreyd (2007)--all published by Kegedonce Press. He teaches Aboriginal literatures at the ...more
“But those are lies!” Imweshi turned with a frigid smile. “Of course they are! But who cares? Does it matter to them?” She gestured toward the window. “Who are they going to believe? Us? We well-fed, clean, healthy, wealthy, coach-riding Kyn? Perhaps you with all your savage finery can convince them that the mechanical beasts that draw this carriage are something other than dark sorcery. What will you say to them, my truth-telling Wielder? Will your truth feed them, clothe them, give them warm homes? What would they rather hear: that Lojar Vald and his kind have driven them halfway into their graves out of greed and selfish ambition, that the promises of another life are mere manipulations to ensure their subservience, or that a small group of backward barbarians are the only thing between them and their salvation? If you stood in their place, who would you believe?” The carriage crested a hill and left the foundries and the empty-eyed Humans behind. Tarsa” 0 likes
“The Everland night possessed a beauty unmatched in the lands of Men. In daylight, the sister suns warmed the world: Goldmantle, the elder sister, was the largest and most beautiful, her hue that of gilded bronze; Bright-Eye, the younger, was smaller, and she burned white-hot. They traveled across the sky-vault together, Bright-Eye’s heat tempered behind Goldmantle’s ample sphere, both looking down upon the Thresholds of the long-shattered Eld Green, ever-faithful sentinels over their fragmented kindred. It was the night, however, that truly revealed the Eld Green’s beauty. The Greatmoon, Pearl-in-Darkness, loomed large in the heavens. Even in the daytime the Greatmoon was an impressive sight, although only a milky shadow of his luminous radiance in the night. He” 0 likes
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