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Storm of Locusts

(The Sixth World #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,252 ratings  ·  426 reviews
It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Saga Press
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Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast-moving, moving from a straight-forward confrontation to a search and rescue. There are a lot of similarities with the Kate Daniels series: a heroine with a predilection for violence over other kinds of problem-solving, a young woman with a case of heroine-worship, said heroine with an absence of family connections, a post-apocalyptic world that lacks centralized authority, a world where inhuman and godly walk among the humans.

Setting again plays an important role, beginning in the mountains
Read for the 2019 WBTM Diversity Reading Challenge: a book written by an indigenous/Native American author.

I'm going to steal a line commonly used by professional book critics from prestigious magazines all over the world here: THIS BOOK IS SO BADASS.

Beside being gloriously badass, Storm of Locusts also does what so many second installments in a series can't quite manage to do: be a better book than it's predecessor. And I'm not saying it only because I had the distinct - if only slightly self-c
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
“Your fame, Godslayer, precedes you.”
That name again. “Where did you hear that name?” I ask.
“On the tongue of a dying angel, from the mouth of a storm king. It is known.”

Storm of Locusts is the second book of the Sixth World series, following and starts about a month after Trail of Lightning ends. Maggie has been trying to keep busy working with the Thirsty Boys and hanging out with Tah, waiting for Kia. She hasn’t seen him, hasn’t talk
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’ve been running around for the whole of last year telling anyone who would listen that Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse is bar one the best thing to happen to urban fantasy in years. To say I was excited to read the sequel is an understatement. And now that I’ve read it, I am pleased to report that the highly-anticipated Storm of Locusts, like its predecessor, was just as fun and action-packed, while still manag
Roanhorse doesn't fail to entertain... again. :)

This Urban Fantasy has quickly become one of my go-to sources for popcorn fiction. It has everything I really love. A much more unique setting than I usually get, reminding me of all my old stomping grounds where I used to grow up.

Well, before the coastlines altered and the earthquakes took down the cities and the plagues wiped out everyone else, anyway... :)

This is exciting, entertaining, full of gods of native persuasion, and some really funky c
Allison Ruvidich
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Q. Why did I read Trail of Lightning as soon as it came out and not wait for the sequel? WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF???

A. Because it was so flipping good.
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, loved-it

Rebecca Roanhorse does not pull any punches. From the very first page I was hooked again and her story keeps its relentless pace until the very end while still spending enough time with the characters for them to develop and for the scenes to hit the emotional notes they are supposed to hit. This was, quite simply, incredible. Now, I know I am far from an impartial judge, given that the first book in the series reignited my love for Urban Fantasy, but believe me when I tell you, that this s
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I’m just a five-fingered girl ...and I need other people.”

Maggie has come a long way since the beginning of ‘A trail of lightening’. She has found acceptance, friendship and love. The magic and clan powers continue to be unique and different and we find out more about the Sixth World. The book is well set up for the next in series. Great read!
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Have you not heard of The Sixth World series by Rebecca Roanhouse? The first book is called Trail of Lightning and it developed a world with some amazing monster hunting action!! Maggie is a serious killer but she wants to change after meeting Kai...

The Premise

Storm of Locusts is exactly as advertised in the premise. Actually its amazingly accurate. TBH I missed Kai in this book. He was a welcome bit of softness in the hardness that was
Lisa Wolf
I loved Trail of Lightning, the first book in Rebecca Roanhorse's The Sixth World series, and Storm of Locusts is an amazing follow-up! Picking up right from where book #1 left off, the story rejoins Maggie after the big fight at Black Mesa, where she battled a Navajo god and seemingly lost her only friend. Now, mere weeks later, she's healing emotionally and physically, when she's called on by a sometimes-ally to help with a bounty hunt that goes badly wrong. After the bloody incident, Maggie h ...more
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"As he stands there, he begins to vibrate. His wings open wider. The lace-like lattice ripples, begins to shimmer and flow, and a thousand locusts drop free, plopping thickly to the floor. They mill over one another before lifting into the air. He opens his mouth, and more pour out from his throat, crawling over his cheeks, his eyes. He raises his arms, and they rise from his hands. Locust song fills the room. Thick and warm and bilious, a physical thing. Like drowning in a vat of molasses."

May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Y'all need to read this series. Like yesterday. Just do it.
Occasionally a writer comes along who changes everything in a genre.
They make you excited again.
It's like everything is right with the world.

Mark Henwick is one of those authors. He took an old idea and made it surprising again.
And Rebecca Roanhorse is one of those authors as well.

She takes themes I've read before. Things I've seen dozens of times. But she saturates them with authenticity and somehow makes them original. She is an author that people will copy.

And most importantly for me, s
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Brace yourselves ladies and gentleman for THIS WAS AN AMAZING RIDE!

Trail of Lightning was a big surprise for me this year. I always loved mythology, especially the stories from both the Native Americans and the civilizations in South America. And the first book of the series swept me away in a world where the Tribes have built a Wall after THE apocalypse with the help of their god
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
In STORM OF THE LOCUSTS, the sequel to TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, Maggie Hoskie must not only save her friend Kai, but she must also stop a mysterious cult from flooding the world. Maggie sets out together with allies to find out the truth about the White Locusts and find Kai. The question is, does Kai really want to be saved?

Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty cool follow-up to last year's Trail of Lightning, which I enjoyed immensely. Like its predecessor, the action moves along at a pretty fast clip and the characters don't get much down time. The use of Native American lore as the wellspring from which this story flows offers a welcomed fresh perspective not often seen in UF.
Jessica {Litnoob}
This book is the perfect sequel. It took everything I liked about book one and amped it up ten fold while also fixing some of the things that I found harder to understand in book one.

While there still wasn’t a glossary I feel like Roanhorse was much more comfortable giving contextual clues to the words and phrases we see in Navajo that might not roll off the tongue of anyone outside of the community. It helped me to understand better as well as made this language that’s entirely new to me more f
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg! The next book is going to be fire 🔥🔥 I can't wait!
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
It's been four weeks since the battle at Black Mesa, and Maggie is determined she's not going to kill anyone. But her resolve is tested when she's brought along on a job to talk to a mysterious stranger called the White Locust...and all hell breaks loose.

Crazy cults, swarms of locusts, and the Mad Max reality of the world outside the Wall all come into play in this dystopian world wracked by the horrors of climate change and the failure of federal government.

I enjoyed this sequel a lot more than
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
I waffled between a 4 & 4.5 star, but I landed on a 4 due to a few quibbles with character motivation & relationships. That being said, I had SO much fun reading this! It continues to be quite dark, but I just love spending time with Maggie and I especially love spending time with her plus Ben & Rissa. This book expanded on world building nicely and grew our vision of what is at stake for our characters. I'm so happy this did not have a sophomore slump, and I can't wait to continue o ...more
Matthew Galloway
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is that perfect kind of sequel that feels completely familiar and true to the first novel, but simultaneously feels fresh and different. I love how Roanhorse opens up the world and continues to grow her characters. The character arcs are wonderful and leave the reader excited to see where they go next. To go along with all that is plenty action and adventure, horrors of the apocalypse -- both larger and personal -- and magic.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unlike other supposedly kickass heroines you may have known, Maggie Hoskie, when faced with a known enemy, shoots and kills. No hesitation, no moral waffling, no monologuing on either side. She just goes for it. After all, she is a monster slayer.

It's a mixed blessing that the people she kills don't always stay dead. Storm of Locusts takes place in the aftermath of Trail of Lightning, and all the key players are back. Kai is alive, but apparently a) avoiding Maggie (not entirely unreasonable, g
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
While this review is spoiler-free, if you haven't read Trail of Lightning yet, I'd recommend not reading this review or book synopsis as both have spoilers for book 1.
"You know much of what you want, Battle Child. Careful it is not your undoing."
Friends, when I say that I had high expectations for the second installment in Roanhorse's Sixth World series, I mean it. I was so pleasantly swept away into this world during the first book that I was confident that my expectations for book would be
Dinetah monsterkiller Maggie (now called 'Godkiller') goes on a road trip to find Kai.

3.5 stars for me. It's almost four, but the same things that niggled at me in the first volume (too much jumping from action scene to action scene without meat between them) were present here. The action scene medley was strung out a bit more by travel - travel by motorbike (fight) - travel by airplane (fight) - travel by dune buggy (fight) this time. And still, I liked it a lot. I like Maggie, and having her u
Emily A. Duncan
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
my EXACT kind of catnip.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
In my opinion this is one of those rare unicorns: the sophomore sequel that's better than the first in the series. If you've read Trail of Lightning you already have an idea of what to expect. Roanhorse remains a master at world building, and her characters are complex and multi-layered. This book builds on that, and I think also improves on the first. The pacing is better and I actually enjoyed Maggie more in this book, and felt like she had more depth. I also applaud Roanhorse for writing a te ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, got-an-arc
I've been trying to figure out why I like this book even better than Trail of Lightning and I think a major factor is the development of Maggie's character through her relationships with Rissa and Ben in this book. Kai's great and all, but there's something about friendship between women that allows readers access to a character in a way that just isn't really possible with a romantic relationship. I LOVED this book and am almost mad at myself for getting an eARC through Edelweiss; the wait for ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This baby went all kinds of wild, mind control-ish, torture-y directions that I wasn't expecting, but I still really, REALLY enjoyed it. I love the world and I really love the characters. This book added a couple new characters that I really enjoyed, especially the different gods.

Let me tell you about how important diversity in books is. The last book had no white characters, and this book had some white characters and they are monsters. So here I am, finishing the book on a plane West to see m
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
An enjoyable new post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series. The representation of Native American culture and mythology is something I have never seen in fantasy, and this series is so compelling that it really proves we need more of these stories. Personally, I would love to see this series adapted for television, especially with it lending itself so well to a procedural style of storytelling.

Unfortunately, I think the writing in this series could be a lot better. It reads as very choppy and the di
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Storm of Locusts is a fabulous sequel to the powerful and action packed Trail of Lightning. The Sixth World is a series that I know I'll be reading and re-reading in the future. There's such a wealth of rich world building, fantasy elements, and character development. Maggie is as clever, sarcastic, and powerful as ever. And in Storm of Locusts she is joined by some other fabulous comr
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Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Locus and World Fantasy awards. Her novel Trail of Lightning was selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NRP Best Books of 2018, among others, and is a 2019 Nebula Finalist.

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