Trail of Lightning
2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL
2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
2019 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
'Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick." The New York Times
'An excitingly novel tale." Charlaine Harris
'Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and...more
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 ...more
Kate Daniels fans need to give this one a try.
The long version:
Interesting world-building, taking off on the Native American idea of subsequent 'worlds' that happen with each upheaval (this concept is explained more later in the story). The integration with various Native mythologies--I think primarily Diné, although the world idea might be more universal--is very interesting and one of the aspects that will make this stand out for urban fantasy and supernatural fans. Setting ...more
Well, ok - admittedly, nothing went wrong: this is definitely a very nice addition to the genre and a ...more
Maggie Hoskie, the prickly heroine of Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning, and I took a couple of tries to really hit it off. I read a few chapters of this book several months ago but stalled out and put it aside. But when the announcement of its Nebula award nomination happened to coincide with a cross-country plane flight, I picked up this again and ended up loving it.
Trail of ...more
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 if 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This was Kaleena's choice for my 10 bloggers, 10 recommendations challenge so let's see what it is about!
I should mention that my friend Rachel also recommended it!
“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.”
I do not read much urban fantasy as I prefer high fantasy. I was recommended this by a friend and then Kaleena picked it for my 10 readers, 10 recommendations challenge and ...more
3.75 "sometimes the ones we call our heroes are the greatest monsters of all" stars
This book actually surprised me. I’m kinda over most dystopian type books and YA and I don’t really have a huge interest in books with Indian culture elements in them so I wasn’t expecting a lot from Trail of Lightning with all of these, but I ended up really enjoying the story Rebecca Roanhorse told.
Maggie is a monster hunter, yes there are monsters of a sort in this new world after ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
But I think the failure here comes through in how well it was written. The writing style was extremely simplistic and repetitive, the first half failing more than the second. Character arcs feel ...more
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 ...more
Maggie Hoskie is a monster hunter, gifted (or cursed) with bloodline powers and trained to kill. It’s more than just a talent for death, it’s become her whole life, and one she’s embraced far too eagerly. Or so thinks her mentor, the immortal and legendary Monsterslayer Neizghání, who disappears one night, leaving Maggie to fend for herself. Hiding out on her small homestead and taking on bounty jobs, she’s close to rock bottom. Until one of the monsters she’s hired to kill turns out ...more
Thanks to Saga for an ARC on netgalley!
This book looks so dope!!!! ...more
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 ...more
I am quite well aware that my perspective is limited, that there are books I am either forgetting or don’t know about. Please ...more
Native American Representation
Without a doubt the best part of Trail of Lightning is Rebecca Roanhorse's use of her Indigenous culture to give us a look at what a dystopian society, based in (what was) the USA which has since been taken back by the Navajo, ...more
It started really good, with the post-apocalyptic world (with a Wall! energy wars! water barons!), magical beings coming back (yep, this is a post-apocalyptic fantasy, the ...more
First, a confession: I haven't been reading much in the UF genre lately, outside of the established series I’ve been following for years. Mostly though I’ve felt a bit burned out on vampires, ...more
|Joseph Beth Sci-F...: * Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse to be discussed Tuesday, November 19th, 7-8 p.m. in the Brontë Bistro||1||4||Oct 31, 2019 07:43PM|