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The Last Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars 0.6)

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Your blood-red skies are filled with smoke. Your bleach-white histories with lies. You walk sleeping. Wake senseless. Breathing deep of toxic blooms and forgetting all that has gone before.

But I remember.

I remember when two brothers waged bloody war over the right to sit in their father’s empty chair. I remember when orphaned twins faced each other across a field of crimso
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Paperback, Pre-order edition, 125 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published August 13th 2013)
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Rob Trans I haven'r read Stormdancer yet, but this seems to give background on how the war began.

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Jay Kristoff
Jun 25, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a novella set 100 years before the events of STORMDANCER.

It's only available through the KINSLAYER pre-order offer here.

It was written to make you sad :(
Ferdy
3.5 stars- Spoilers

A fairly enjoyable and interesting prequel to the series.
For the most part I enjoyed reading about the origins of the whole Lotus war/how the Guild came into power and why the thunder tigers left Shima. Also liked the parts with Jun trying to stop the Guild from gaining power so he could fulfil his grandmother's prophecy.
I felt quite sorry for Jun, he thought it was his destiny to save everyone when the whole prophecy thing wasn't actually about him. His ending was pretty sad
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Minni Mouse
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Huh. Well, that was a bit sad and hopeful and Star Wars-ey. I didn't know anything about this book or even this series before beginning, so I was pleasantly surprised by the unique world building that Jay Kristoff established through the second person perspective of Koh, the cursory span of the war, the characters, and the overall tone.

THE GOOD
1) This didn't read like a 125-page novella to me. If this is what the novella is like and it's better and more engaging than many full-length novels out
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Asia
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Told 100 years before Yukiko and Buruu, this is another tale about how the Lotus Guild started. It had enough action and pacing to warrant my interest. We also get to see a bit more about what a Skymeet is within the Arashitora's world. A great little novella that adds more dimension to the Stormdancer world.
Lady Flo
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A note to myself: Never read prebooks, because they leave me heartbroken.
When I first started I thought it doesn't worth reading, but by the end it made me shed tears. Now I have an idea what is a stormdancer, and who will be the next one.
How I know it?
Foolish, monkey-child.
Death told me.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
A tricky little novella that will make fans: remember how awesome Stormdancer was, and how much they need Kinslayer asap.

Kristoff is quickly becoming a favorite and auto-buy author for me.
Kaitlin
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very short story which is set before the beginning of Stormdancer and I have to say it's actually a great little read. I picked this up after I'd read the entire Lotus War series, but it is definitely designed to be read before the first book in the series and it has no spoilers. However, having read the whole series I think maybe I appreciated some elements of the story a bit more than someone who hadn't actually read the series may have done.

This story follows a young blind boy calle
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Rayne
This series is going to be the end of me, I can tell. I wholeheartedly believe Mr. Kristoff is on a quest to make me shed all the tears I have and leave me emotionally spent. I'm a complete mess right now and it's not even book 2 yet. This little book, a little over 100 pages, made me experience more emotions than some of the 400+ ones I've read in the last couple of years.

The Last Stormdancer is inspiring, exciting, endearing, empowering, frustrating and heart breaking, all at the same time. Th
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Braiden
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A signed novella copy up for grabs at Book Probe Reviews.

In under 130 pages Jay Kristoff draws you into an epic story of power and struggle, life and love, beautifully imagined, artfully written. How someone can tell such a story, as equally good as many full-length novels that line the shelves today, is beyond my understanding. Jay Kristoff knows how to write, he knows how to tell a story, with whatever length and in whatever time.

Learning how the Shima Emporium became in league with the Lotus
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G. MA
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just as layered as STORMDANCER, THE LAST STORMDANCER paints the backstory to how the Shima Isles came to grow and harvest lotus blossoms for the early guild and how the decision of which brother would become the next Shogun decides the future of the country. The impact had far greater reach than just a battle's outcome. Also, a story and a prophecy behind that battle took place, introducing the Khan (ruler) of the Arishitora, and their decision to stay in Shima, or leave before the lotus killed ...more
G33z3r
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
A slightly disappointing prequel novella to the world of last year's Stormdancer. The story is set many years before the novel, different characters, different time, same place.

Having most of the problem is with the decision to tell the story from the first-person point of view of an Arashitora (one of the winged "thunder tigers" that the legendary Stormdancers ride.) That narration keeps the human characters at too far distance. And it's narration of human affairs, which is really the focus of
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Chris
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good, short prequel delving into the history behind Kristoff's Lotus War series, which begins with the book Stormdancer. If you haven't read Stormdancer, I'd recommend reading it first and highly recommend dropping everything and reading it immediately. The Last Stormdancer, set 100 years before the events of the Lotus War, offers an interesting insight into how the empire began, and it is given from a different perspective than Stormdancer. Definitely a good read to hold you over if ...more
Anna-louise
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favourites
The fact that that the author was cool enough to send this to me doesn't reflect on the review...much

This lil' novella just made me want to read Kinslayer now, i hadnt realised how much i missed this world until i started reading this. Mr Kristoff said that he wrote it to make you sad and true enough it did, Jun was a great character and i loved that it was the point of view of the thunder tiger. Her POV made it all the more poignant.
John
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written story.A definite worthy prequel to the Lotus War trilogy.I really enjoyed learning how the Thunder Tigers came to play a part of things.I really enjoyed the bond of Koh and Jun.I just cant get enough of these books.I hope sometime in the future Mr. Kristoff goes back to this sometimes sad but decidedly beautiful world of his creation.
Britt Marczak
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Damn you, Jay. STOP WRITING THINGS THAT MAKE ME SAD!

Seriously, this novella set before Stormdancer was absolutely lovely. Sad, tragic, but wonderful. It only made me want Kinslayer a million times more.
Nara
So, in the author's review of this book it says "It was written to make you sad :("
FREAKING HELL ARE YOU HAPPY NOW JAY. He was too damned successful. Too many feels.

Ratings
Overall: 9/10
Plot: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
World Building: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
Sorcered
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
A tragic (japanese-flavor steampunk?) fairytale about two twins warring for a throne, an industrial revolution and the plague it brings, and a kid who believes he can save the world. The author said he doesn't believe in happy endings; he definitely doesn't write them :)
Louisa
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story, and how it connects to the main series, just so fantastic! Loved the narator, because it was so awesome!
Tammy
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh just stop it Jay! You are killing me. All I can say is the power of a carefully placed word should not be taken lightly....review coming soon.
Bibliofiendlm
Amazing. What great story crafting for just 100 pages. I can't wait until 'Kinslayer'!!!!!!
Clinton Harding
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History teaches us. Normally history teaches us how the people who came before us messed up the world and left the ruins behind for us “children are our future” to rebuild. Fact is, the problems of the now have causes. “The Last Stormdancer” is about the causes. The kingdom of Shima is being suffocated. Its sacred animals have either faded into extinction or moved on. The greedy, the misguided, blind fools rule the kingdom while the weak are kept underfoot. Yukiko and Buruu with the help of the ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelves
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Jay was sweet enough to send me The Last Stormdancer ages ago, even though I hadn’t been aware of the preorder with which they came. Basically, he’s the best. I had every intention of reading The Last Stormdancer before Endsinger, but, as is often the case with my reading plans, that did not happen. However, I think now wasn’t a bad time to read it, because it adds some resonance to The Last Stormdancer.

While I don’t love t
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Carina Olsen
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novella was evil. Pure evil. Yet so amazing. I loved every word of it. Though my heart might be a little bit broken. I want to start by saying that Jay Kristoff is awesome. He writes amazing books. Though they play with my heart. Which is highly unfair. But oh, how I love his books. Stormdancer and Kinslayer. <3 Now this.

The Last Stormdancer is an amazing novella. And I'm so glad that I read it. But pff. It took me eleven months to do so. Why, I do not know. I got the gorgeous signed pri
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Eszter Rab
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nagyon ritkán adok első részre 5 csillagot, mert tudom, hogy (majdnem mindig) csak jobb lehet a folytatás, és arra tartogatom max csillagot. Itt viszont erős volt a kísértés, hogy ismét kivételt tegyek, mert tényleg nagyon erős kezdés volt ez a könyv. :)
Azt azért nem tagadhatom, hogy belerázódni nehéz volt a történetbe a sok idegen szó használata miatt. Van szómagyarázat is a könyvben, de azért mégis nehéz azonnal kapcsolni, hogy most mit is akarnak kifejezni. De hamar hozzászoktam ezekhez, és
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Emma
I must admit, I'm not a big fan of those short prequels or inbetweeners in book series, and was kind of sceptical as I picked up this book... but I really should know better by now – Kristoff does not disappoint.
As always his writing is simply stunning; his storytelling captivating, and of course - nothing short of brutal.

This is the story about a blind boy, a Stormdancer, and his destiny to stop the Lotus Guild and save the world from their poison. It's a story about why the Arashitora left S
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Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing


OH MY GOD JAY WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BREAK MY HEART?!

I should have known this would end in tears. IT ALWAYS DOES. *sigh*

I’m not usually a fan of novellas because most of the time they only tell a more detailed story of what you already know. But I loooved this one! I freaking love the arashitoras, and reading in the POV of one of them again was like having a little piece of Buruu back. (I MISS BURUU. *cries*)

I absolutely loved Koh! She wasn’t sarcastic like Buruu was, but I loved her just th
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Amber
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Well this was rather underwhelming. I can't say I was disappointed in it but I wasn't overly impressed either. I was expecting a grand tale of a hero riding in on a thunder tiger to save the day. Or at least stop a war.

What I got was a boy who whined and complained about "the prophecy" every time something did not go according to plan. And when something did happen then it was all because of "the prophecy." It was just too difficult to connect with Jun as a character. He just wasn't very interes
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Rob Trans
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a long short story or novella about the beginning of a war between the ruling and technological classes of a Japanese-like culture (very like Japan) and the people who value a simpler healthier way of life. It is steampunk meets feudal Japan. The technological class grows and uses a plant that poisons the soil and the air. Think of it as being like petroleum. It is causing many people and mythical creatures to sicken and die. Perhaps even the Shogun.

The story is narrated by a mythical f
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Carlos Emilio
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kristoff manages to hold the stormdancer world together despite traveling back in time to what could be considered the spawning point of the whole saga. Though short, the story feels well balanced between its action and political developments, the characters remain true in their ideals and behavior making them easy to understand and sympathize with. The way in which it is written allows for a different point of view that though for some might lack depth, it gives a different feeling but did not ...more
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Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Lotus Wars (3 books)
  • Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars, #1)
  • Kinslayer (The Lotus Wars, #2)
  • Endsinger (The Lotus Wars, #3)