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Stormdancer: Trade Paperback (Lotus War Trilogy) (utgåvan 2013)

av Jay Kristoff (Författare)

Serier: Lotus War (1)

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In this dystopian steampunk fantasy set against a backdrop of feudal Japan, warrior Yukiko captures a supposedly extinct (but crippled) griffin for the Shogun, then learns -- after meeting secretive Kin and the rebel Kage cabal -- of the horrifying extent of the Shogun's crimes, both against her country and her family. Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shogun pay -- but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?… (mer)
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Titel:Stormdancer: Trade Paperback (Lotus War Trilogy)
Författare:Jay Kristoff (Författare)
Info:Tor (2013), Edition: Main Market, 464 pages
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Japanese steampunk!! Jay Kristoff has done a masterful job integrating the themes of steampunk and Japanese society, from feudal peasantry to the code of bushido. Yukiko is the daughter of one of the ruler's elite, and joins him in a quest to find and capture the extinct arashitora (griffin, a/k/a "thunder tiger.") As it turns out, father and daughter share a rare ability to communicate with animals. Miraculously, they capture the beast, but their steampunk ship is wrecked by a horrendous thunderstorm, and Yukiko risks her life to rescue their prize. The strength of this book is the incredible bond that forms between her and the arashitora and how their personalities blend. Looking forward to Book 2. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
- extra long review I did for a class -

The air is choked with toxic fumes, the soil rendered barren and the people fare little better in the dystopian land of Shima. The society of this Japan-inspired land has grown utterly dependent upon a single plant, the blood lotus. Refineries turn it into fuel to power everything from “motor-rickshaws”to air ships, while the people smoke it as a drug.

This is the scene of Jay Kristoff's stunning debut novel, “"Stormdancer"”, the first in the Lotus Wars series.

The first part of the novel is layered with heavy, vivid, imagery of a sickly landscape where it rains acid and the smoke in the air is eating at the ozone as much as it is the lungs of the people. Elaborate masks and goggles are common pieces of apparel for those that can afford them, but the poor masses die in the streets of “blacklung” from breathing too much of the acidic air.

The whole grisly affair is presided over by the ruler of the land, ShogunYoritimo-no-miya. Single-minded and spoiled, the man sends his hunt master, Masaru, out to capture a griffin for him, though the beasts are supposedly extinct. Our protagonist, 16-year-old Yukiko, accompanies her father on the fool's errand, hardly expecting the adventure ahead. A violent storm and the ensuing crash leaves her stranded in the last wilderness on Shima, and in an unlikely alliance with the last griffin. Yukiko soon finds herself embroiled in the rising civil unrest and must learn what it means to sacrifice for something greater.

The novel's author, Jay Kristoff, wields words like a paintbrush, drawing up images in your head of the “sweltering hive” of Kigen City, the lotus fumes hanging in the air “bubbling in dozens upon dozens of oily black streams . . .” Kristoff does not merely tell you about the dirt and the smoke, he uses words to show you that “Shima's roads were not made of brick or dirt, but of a red, choking cloud.” You find yourself craving the fresh air after a handful of chapters and I found myself seeking refuge from the imagined fumes by taking my reading outside to the garden.

The plot is engrossing, but its weakest parts are undoubtedly shaky love interests of Yukiko. Novels such as Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight” and Suzanne Collins' “The Hunger Games” recently popularized the love triangle and many young adult authors seem to feel obligated to use the same structure.

Kristoff attempts to follow suit, but the pairings are weak, make little sense, and detract from the rest of the story. He would have done better to leave them out entirely or to have at least dropped one.

Even so, the book remains a skillful crossover between fiction and the fast-growing genre of young adult literature. The protagonist may be a teenager, but the heavy themes will resonate strongly with readers of all ages.

The magic and mythology of the land of Shima is a refreshing break from the Eurocentric viewpoint taken in the majority of fantasy books. This, as well as the mix of steam-punk and fantasy genres, makes "Stormdancer" one of a kind.

Though Japanese myths make no reference to griffins in their stories, the rest of the mythology used in the book is a surprisingly accurate. This is surprising because, although the excellent writing and engaging plot almost cover it up, numerous errors are made by the author in terms of research in other areas.

Though the novel is clearly inspired by Japan, frequent mistakes appear that could have easily been avoided with a measure of research. Kristoff uses the words sama and hai, for example, rather indiscriminately with little regard for their proper usage in Japanese. The book's glossary even states clearly that sama is only used as a suffix, yet it appears by itself throughout the book as a replacement for “sir.”

Likewise, hai is used as a replacement for “yes” when its true meaning is closer to “I understand what you have said,” and should always appear as a response. These are only two of the score of Japanese words that are thrown about the book like spices on a dish. They add flavor, sure, but Kristoff should have been more selective to be sure he was using the correct seasoning.

This sprinkling of words also risks confusing the reader. The novel is written as though the characters are speaking English, rather than speaking Japanese and translated only for the reader’s benefit. If that were the case, it would make sense to retain some Japanese words if they had no English equivalent, but many of the Japanese words used are unnecessary. They may add flavor, but it is frustrating to the reader if they have to refer to the glossary or consult a Japanese dictionary on every page. Using the English words would have been easier and better understood.

We may not live in a steam-punk fantasy world plagued by demons and filled with mythical beasts, but it is impossible to ignore the connection between the conflict in the novel and issues in the real world. We too have grown increasingly dependent on a problematic fuel source. The oil and other chemicals that make our world run are not so different from the blood lotus. Oil spills poison the water and pollutants fill the air, spewing out of vehicles and factories. In places like Beijing, the pollution is so bad that residents wear face masks and the U.S. Embassy has a twitter feed that reports the air quality every hour. No, the troubles that Shima faces are hardly foreign to us and it will be interesting to see how Kristoff handles them in the coming books.
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  Raiona | Jan 28, 2021 |
Japanese steampunk. The end. ( )
  Tip44 | Jun 30, 2020 |
Steampunk samurai! Yukiko saves the captured arashitora from the burning ship. They bond and join a plot to overthrow the Shogun.
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
Steampunk Japan with demons and griffins and a wonderful strong heroine. ( )
  amobogio | Jan 19, 2020 |
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In this dystopian steampunk fantasy set against a backdrop of feudal Japan, warrior Yukiko captures a supposedly extinct (but crippled) griffin for the Shogun, then learns -- after meeting secretive Kin and the rebel Kage cabal -- of the horrifying extent of the Shogun's crimes, both against her country and her family. Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shogun pay -- but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?

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