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Trail of Lightning

(The Sixth World #1)

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While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is its last, best hope
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Published August 7th 2018 by Audible, Inc. (first published June 26th 2018)
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Indigo Crayon This isn't YA. I'm not sure why some people have tagged it as such. This is speculative fic and urban fantasy that I'd expect to find on the adult…moreThis isn't YA. I'm not sure why some people have tagged it as such. This is speculative fic and urban fantasy that I'd expect to find on the adult shelves in the library. Main character is an adult and I think the themes being dealt with are things I find more often in adult fic than YA (or at least the complexity of the themes). I'm not done yet, but what I can tell is that while there's obviously stuff about the character's personal journey, it's definitely not a YA type coming-of-age story. The writing style is also very much not YA.(less)
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Bradley
I think this novel has been a LONG time coming and I'm glad it's here. Now.

My only concern is that this UF series came out so late in the whole UF cycle thing. I needed this a decade ago. I needed a full American Indian mythological romp with Coyote and so many fantastic supernatural additions to my reading schedule!

Not just fae and vamps and druids and wizards... I needed THIS!

That being said, I really liked it. :) Flooding took out most of the world and it was like coming back home to New Me
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
"an indigenous Mad Max: Fury Road" whom else is crying
Gary
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/28/t...

Early in Rebecca Roanhorse’s debut urban fantasy novel Trail of Lightning, protagonist Maggie Hoskie is talking to a couple whose daughter was stolen by a monster. The girl’s mother asks Maggie is she can save their child. Maggie responds only that she can find her, a distinction the desperate and grieving woman recognizes. Our first impression of Maggie is of a woman who believes that once evil touches you, it gets inside you and stay
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Celeste
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Representation is so important in fiction.. It’s much easier to sink into a character’s story when they resemble you in some way. For centuries there was very little healthy representation of anyone outside of heterosexual white males of European descent. Characters who fell outside of these restrictions tended to be only secondary characters, and were often portrayed as two-dimensional caricatures of the race or sex or
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Elena
A dystopic urban fantasy set in a future where a good part of the world has drowned, resources are scarce and violently fought over, monsters and supernatural entities of various nature prowl around, with a Native American heroine written for a change by a Native American author? GIMME. And also... look at that cover! And that title! What could possibly go wrong with this one, right?!

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Well, ok - admittedly, nothing went wrong: this is definitely a very nice addition to the genre and a much
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Hannah
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have been excited for this book ever since I found about it – and it did not disappoint me at all. Rebecca Roanhorse has created a seriously cool, very much needed different Urban Fantasy here that makes me very excited for what is to come.

Living in a post-apocalyptic Dinétah (formerly the Navajo Reservation) where gods and demons walk the world, Maggie is a grim, lonely, super strong woman. She is a monster hunter with not much to live for, she is snarky and broken, and while I found her fair
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Peter Tillman
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A promising debut. The author has done her homework (and life-work!), knows the territory, and her award-winning "AUTHENTIC INDIAN EXPERIENCE" shows off her writing chops. Her heroine is a Monster-Slayer! How cool is that? (OK, it's gory.)

Always a pleasure to find a new writer of merit. Even better if she is from an underrepresented group. The novel's framework is boilerplate post-apocalypse. Oh, but the details, the lovely details!

Things are warming up with the new boyfriend (who's something o
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Charlie Anders
What an astonishing tour de force with thrilling action, fascinating characters and a near future vision of America that I've never seen before. Urban fantasy just got a whole new lease on life. The character of Maggie Hoskie grabbed me from the very first page, and her unfinished business with her former mentor, an immortal badass, is super compelling. This book surprised me over and over. While I was reading it, I kept saying it reminded me of the work of Ayize Jama-Everett, which is the highe ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse is an amazing book! Set in the future after multiple Earth changing disasters and population decimating events, this has terrific world building! It's a fantasy with monsters, and people with "clan" given gifts born into them. Our main Gal of the story is good at monster killing. The native Indian lore of the Coyote is in here as a character, the trickster. This book has a lot of Indian legend and lore to it. Fascinating and exciting, ...more
Kathy
I had an incredibly hard time sorting out my feelings on this book and I don’t know if I can say that I succeeded. There are many aspects of it that I absolutely loved, but also ones that I really disliked. And the two overlap one another, leaving me conflicted and with a frown line that’s about to become permanent.

Let’s just begin with all the things that I loved. A Trail of Lighting is a post-apocalyptic fantasy that revolves around Native American culture and history, written by a Native Amer
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/07/16/...

Trail of Lightning welcomes us to the “Sixth World”, a post-apocalyptic future in which our planet has gone through a number of drastic changes. Rising sea levels and devastating tsunamis have wiped out most of the earth’s coastal cities, killing billions and leaving only the inland regions and high elevations above water. In the southwest of what was once the United States, the Navajo Nation of Dinétah has survived, shiel
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Justine
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars and going on my list of favourite reads for 2018.

Trail of Lightning was one of my most anticipated books in 2018, and happily, it did not disappoint. A few months ago I read Roanhorse's most amazing short story, Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience, and it made me excited to see what she would do with a full novel.

Trail of Lightning delivers a fast-paced story in a completely unique setting. Roanhorse has taken a familiar UF storyline and remade it with a fresh telling from an i
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TheBookSmugglers
Loved this, can't wait for the sequel, GIVE ME MORE KAI AND MAGS (SORRY, MAGGIE)
Spencer Orey
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-bleak-west
Wow, this is tremendously exciting and action packed urban fantasy. The Sixth World is awesome. I loved it and can't wait for the next one!
MCMXCII
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! And Kai 😍😍 Ugh, I hate that I have to wait so long for the next book to come out 😭😭 I wish this one would have been longer because I couldnt get enough! Full RTC

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This book looks so dope!!!!
Aila
While this is only the first book in a series, I’m confident that Trail of Lightning will debut as a top Urban Fantasy book. The writing is absolutely captivating and my eyes were glued to the pages until 2 am in the morning, when I finally got to that climactic ending. Roanhorse does a fabulous job of creating three-dimensional characters in a refreshing dystopian world where ancient powers have come back after a multitude of natural disasters throughout the globe. I loved seeing the Navajo sto ...more
Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
Let me commence this review with a frank statement: I, as a white woman, have grown utterly tired of stories centering around white characters in literature, and I cannot begin to imagine how minorities must feel about this issue we have going on across all genres.

That being said, Trail of Lightning by an author of Native American heritage was a much-needed addition to the Dystopian / Post Apocalyptic Fantasy genre. It is, however, not without issues. While I'd give a big thumbs-up to the world-
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Chris
One cannot emphasize how important this book is in terms of representation in dystopian/urban fantasy literature. It is one the few UF novels set in America I’ve read where all the characters are poc. L. A. Banks’ work is the only other work that springs readily to mind. It is the only one I’ve read where the characters are all Native American/Indigenous/First Peoples.

I am quite well aware that my perspective is limited, that there are books I am either forgetting or don’t know about. Please f
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R.F. Kuang
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by Roanhorse that I didn't like. Completely lives up to the hype, and then some. It's not the sort of book you savor slowly over a few days. You read it all in one shot, and then put it down feeling like you've been hit in the head with a sledgehammer.

Thanks to Saga for an ARC on netgalley!
Jenia
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trail of Lightning is clearly one of this summer’s fantasy book “blockbusters”: fun, fresh, and exciting.

This Urban Fantasy takes place on what was once a Navajo reservation in the United States. After the Energy Wars, and multiple terrible natural catastrophes, there’s little left of the US though. Instead, the Navajo homeland Dinétah has been reborn – complete with old gods and old magic. And old monsters.

Maggie Hoskie hunts those monsters, armed with blade, bullets, and her supernatural clan
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Jennifer (bunnyreads)
This was excellent!

It straddles the line quite nicely between comfortable urban fantasy, and unique and different- with diversity in cast, and setting, that a lot of us are looking for.

For me, the use of the Navajo legends to build the magic and setting was a huge draw and satisfied my love of folktales. This was paced well and not over-done. I was excited every time we got a new story or some world building and also, the post/apoc/flood water scenario was something that with the current envir
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Aliette
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark and mesmerising.
Alexandra
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1018
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review and lots of fangirling can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

If you've been following my reading progress then you know why I am going to rant about this book. As a historian with a tiny obsession with mythology, the first thing that drew me to the book was not only the cover but also the summary. The gods and creatures of the Native American mythology have risen again after the apocalypse, which also took the form of a fl
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
TRAIL OF LIGHTNING is the first book in The Sixth World series. The world has drowned after a climate apocalypse and the Navajo reservation, now Dinétah has been reborn. It's a new world where gods and heroes walk the land. But, it's also a world filled with monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monsters hunter. She survived an attack by monsters when she was young and was trained by Neizghání the Monsterslayer of legend. The son of two holy people. However, now Neizghání has left her and she has ...more
Merphy Napier
Video review where I give three pros and three cons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19zyM...
Sarah
Okay- I think most of the buddies who were reading this are finished now so I’m going to get my thoughts down before I forget them all.

For starters- this is YA/NA and suffers many of the problems I have with YA. The romance for one. I don’t have a problem with romances themselves- I have a problem when the heroine stops to admire how handsome the hero is, or anguish about past lovers when there is other really important crap going on. I don’t dislike romance as a genre- but I don’t like it when
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Karima chermiti

The Loosely Bound Book Club PICK FOR THE MONTH OF SPTEMBER


Full review posted

The sad truth you do not wish to face, Magdalena, is that sometimes the ones we call our heroes are the greatest monsters of all.


I think I jinxed myself when I said that all the urban fantasy books that I read this year were great ones because Oh, man where do I start with this one? I’m perplexed over this book that was a giant mess that had no direction and made little to no sense to me at all. The problem is that
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Mara
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - Obsessed, so glad I put off getting to this because I cannot wait for the next one. I mean, I'll have to, but holy smokes, I need it yesterday
Cathy (cathepsut)
Well, this did not do it for me overly much. I struggled and it took me for what felt like forever to finish this. And I was glad, when I finally did.

I’m pretty good at saving myself, but even badass Diné warriors need a little help sometimes.

The first person present tense and at first fairly emotionless story telling took some getting used to. I liked the story better a little further in, although I still didn‘t like the main character.

Halfway through I still didn‘t care for the characters and
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Francesca Heavens
The first question I will have for the universe is why we don't have more Native American-SciFi?!

This was actually 2.5 stars for me. I really enjoyed Trail of Lightning, especially for this being a debut novel in a category that is basically untouched.....................

HOWEVER. I would have liked the pacing much better if it had been drastically slowed down. Don't get me wrong. I like fast-paced books, I prefer them actually. But not at the cost of the plot or the characters development. Trail
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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 NPR Best Books of 2018, among others. The next book in the series, Storm of ...more

Other books in the series

The Sixth World (3 books)
  • Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World, #2)
  • Untitled (The Sixth World, #3)
“But I had forgotten that the Diné had already suffered their apocalypse over a century before. This wasn’t our end. This was our rebirth.” 7 likes
“Everything you've done, your past, it's all just a story you tell yourself. Some of it is true, but some of it is lies.” 5 likes
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