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Storm of Locusts

(The Sixth World #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  7,927 ratings  ·  1,237 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
Paperback, 313 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Saga Press
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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
Elena C.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Not quite as good as the first book, but still a quick read.

The usual urban fantasy trigger warnings of threat of rape, torture, and violence. This also has some bug stuff so if you are scared of locusts, this isn’t for you.
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
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, has
Allison Ruvidich
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
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
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4 ¼ stars

Usually, I don't go back on DNFs (there's plenty more books in the sea and all that) but I also get that sometimes my enjoyment of a book depends on me getting to read it at the 'right time'. The reason why I'd DNFed Storm of Locusts after reading just a chapter or so was that I found a certain scene to be way predictable. And that's it. I was annoyed so I moved on to other books. Nearly two years later, I decided to give it another try, and I'm gl
“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!
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
4.5 stars, rounded up, because I truly loved this book!
The first book in the Sixth World series, Trail of Lightning, really surprised me last year, and I was really excited for the sequel. I wasn't disappointed.

Storm of Locusts again is a very fast paced book and a quick read. I can even see some people reading it in one day. It starts extremely action packed, slows down a little in the second half and picks up in pace again towards the end. Especially during the first half of the book there's o
4.5 stars

Storm of Locusts is an amazing addition to The Sixth World series. I loved everything about this book. I enjoyed the first book and being introduced to all the characters, but you really see them grow in this one. Maggie is loyal, protective and good, even if she doesn't feel that way. Especially in the previous book she was dealing with a lot of darkness inside of her. But this time around she is feeling guilt about the things she had to do in the first book. I loved seeing her letting
K.J. Charles
Second instalment in this Native American inspired post apocalyptic fantasy series. I didn't find this own quite as effective as the first, in part because the first was really driven by a lot of chewy interpersonal relationships whereas this was more of a quest story (zooming from place to place), plus Maggie feels a lot more powerful, with her new lightning sword, and very few bad effects from using her clan powers, and her new relationships with friends are all positive. The stakes weren't as ...more
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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
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Omg! The next book is going to be fire 🔥🔥 I can't wait! ...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."

I’d say I enjoyed this book more than book one. I was already comfortable with the characters and the world, knowing how prickly and difficult Maggie was. So it was with real pleasure that I watched her gradually open up to Ben and to Rissa. And the story had lots of action, with Maggie needing to use her dangerous abilities often. It was also interesting to see how Ben's ability manifested, and I hope the next book continues Maggie's evolution and hers and Ben's relationship. ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y'all need to read this series. Like yesterday. Just do it. ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
4 stars--I really liked it.

I'm not normally an urban fantasy reader, but this post-apocalyptic series, set in Navajo country after ecological disaster, is really compelling. The perspective is just so fresh.

I liked this book nearly as much as the first book. It's a fast read, and it was nice returning to beloved characters. I could have done without some child bride/rapey plot elements, and I would have liked to learn more about Kai's emotional arc, but other than that, this has an action-packe
I have nothing more to add to my review of the first book in this series, Trail of Lightning. Roanhorse smoothes out some of the bumps in the first book, but there is still a bit of the herky-jerky pacing extant.

Earlier review:

Other than that, this is a nice little adventure tale featuring badass Navajo warrior Maggie Hoskie as she goes up against others with super clan powers, this time a dude named Gideon who has locust abilities as well as Magneto-of-T
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
Jessica {Litnoob}
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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?

Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
If you're easily grossed out by bugs, be aware there are a lot of bugs in this one. Should be obvious from the title, but be assured "Storm of Locusts" is not metaphorical. It's totally 1000% literal. I'd say skip this but I can't because there's so much from the first book that gets built on here, and it's pretty crucial. But maybe you can skip some of the bug parts.

This was a much more solid book. It expanded on the world that was introduced in the previous book, not just the mythologies of m
4.5 stars. Such a huge improvement from the first book, though I did like that too. Mostly I think it's that the world is established now, and Maggie is a bit more accessible. I really liked her here, she's grown as a character, a lot. And she's a legit badass, one of my favorite things. :)

Absolutely looking forward to more from this world and Rebecca Roanhorse!
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
This was interesting, although I enjoyed the first book a bit more. It’s nice to see how the world is outside Dinétah, but I would’ve liked more world building, more descriptions. Maggie is a delight as always 😄
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
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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. ...more
Emily Duncan
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my EXACT kind of catnip.
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Rebecca Roanhorse is a NYTimes Bestseller and a Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Astounding (formerly Campbell) Award for Best New Writer.

Her novels include TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, STORM OF LOCUSTS, STAR WARS: RESISTANCE REBORN, and RACE TO THE SUN. Her upcoming novel BLACK SUN is set to release 10/13/2020.

She lives in Northern New Mexico w

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The Sixth World (4 books)
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