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(The Lotus Wars #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,465 ratings  ·  625 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, 442 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jay Kristoff
Jul 18, 2013 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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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
Sep 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
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

Well, Kristoff doesn't play around in this one. It does take a while before things really get going, but holy shizz. I'm not sure what I'm feeling right now. It's a little George R. R. Martin. This guy is giving Pierce Brown a run for his money as far as the sucker punches go.

I am not even sure what to say without spoiling. This is not a fluffy story. There is a lot of trauma, violence, struggling, misery... rape, kidnapping, torture. Jeez. I mean, it isn't graphically described, but close enou
Dan Schwent
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2013
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars, buddy-read

This book went a bit to the dark side and when I say a bit I really mean close to the entire enchilada. Or at least it feels that way compared to the first book, which wasn’t all rainbow’s and sunshine but still felt like a walk in the park by comparison.

No one is safe. No one is guaranteed to be here at the end. No one is definitely playing for team good if there is such a thing. It was amazing how by halfway through the story I had no idea who I should like, who I should trust or who I want to
Wendy Darling
So. Much. Blood.

Review to come.
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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) Th

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



I miss Yukiko and Buruu already...
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.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
So, book 2 of the The Lotus War is darker than the already shading towards dark story that began in Stormdancer. I would say things are at a low point for the characters, and it can't get much darker, but I expect that I will be proven wrong about that.

Overall this continues to be a pretty engaging story that, apparently true to Kristoff's other books, is full of action and moves along quickly. There were a few twists I saw coming, but others that ended up being a real surprise. I wouldn't say t
Leon Enciso

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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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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
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.75 stars**
**No spoilers**

I feel basically the same way as I did after reading Stormdancer with only a modicum of negativity. The writing is beautiful, the characters are amazing, the plot was (for the most part) really gripping, and the ending was crazy.

These books are really bringing emotions out in me and it's so strange. I'm laughing out loud, I'm scared for the characters, I'm almost crying at points. Books very rarely evoke such extreme emotions from me.

My only problem with this second
Sara Cantador
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He sufrido mucho con este libro, me he enfadado y he llorado. Pero es tan genial que se lo perdono.
Amie Kaufman
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh this one was even better than the first one! And that's saying something. I freakin' love this trilogy! Jay Kristoff is a genius.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good shit, ladies and gentleman. Really good shit. <3 Can't wait to sink into "Endsinger"!
Sofía Aguerre
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué difícil es reseñar este libro, la verdad. Estuve luchando con él durante más o menos un mes, cuando yo soy de leer libros de este tipo en, como mucho, dos o tres días. Esto podría no significar nada, claro, pero en este caso es un dato muy importante. Leer este libro me agotaba al punto de que solo quería leer algunos capítulos por día, aunque me interesara o la historia estuviera buena. Es ese tipo de libro, supongo.

En la reseña de Tormenta quizás no lo dije, pero ahora me di cuenta de a q
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Lynn
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
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I felt like reading this I was in a high speed car chase trying to dodge random explosions and people speeding along trying to kill me with semi-automatic weapons- while going 200 mph!

Very good book, lots of great plot and the twists left you gasping. but like I said, going so fast it gave me whiplash
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Shambhawi P.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

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
May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"I am the daughter of foxes. Slayer of Shoguns. Ender of empires. The greatest tempest Shima has ever known waits in the wings for me to call its name, and its coming will shake her foundations like the drums of the Thunder God."

Why did I wait this long before reading Kinslayer? Truly a mystery. I mean, I bought like two minutes after finishing Stormdancer in April, last year. Yeah, last year! And yet I was so scared, I was a bit afraid of reading Kinslayer. Izanagi's balls I don't even know
Priscila Herondale
No se puede contar mucho de la trama porque seria spoiler pero enserio todo lo que pasa al final del libro me ha hecho sufrir.
Los personajes, madre mía sobre todos los femeninos son muy fuertes.
Yukiko excelente como siempre, cuando te enteras de lo que le sucede quedas como wtf.
Oh my dear Michi, en el anterior libro ya había aparecido pero en este conquisto mi coranzoncito, que personaje mas roto por su pasado pero tan fuerte y valiente. Toda sus acciones me
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Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of five Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has appro ...more

Other books in the series

The Lotus Wars (3 books)
  • Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars, #1)
  • Endsinger (The Lotus Wars, #3)
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