I’m Reading… Stormdancer
I’m on the fence. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff is one of my most anticipated reads of September and I have finally gotten my hands on a beautiful copy. But I’m torn because so far I have read to chapter 8 and I’m not loving it. In fact I keep on be jarred from the story. Why, you ask? Well, the novel is set in an imagined steampunk Japan. All the characters are Japanese with Japanese names and culture but the dialogue and speech patterns are western, like really really western. Dialogue like this keeps on throwing me from the story:
“So now he’s receiving visions from the gods,” he muttered. “Heavens preserve us.”
“That would be your bloody problem, wouldn’t it?
“I don’t kiss and tell, Lady.”
It’s like the story has been set in Japan just to have a different or new setting but the characters based upon their speech and actions could easily be from anywhere. It feels like lip service to Japan. I’ll keep reading because I really want this book to be brilliant. But so far I’m not getting it. Hopefully Stormdancer will improve 🙂
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Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over. Everyone knows what happens to those who fail him, no matter how hopeless the task.
But the mission proves far less impossible, and far more deadly, than anyone expects – and soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. But trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and Buruu soon discover a friendship that neither of them expected.
Meanwhile, the country around them verges on the brink of collapse. A toxic fuel is slowly choking the land; the omnipotent, machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure; and the Shogun cares about nothing but his own dominion. Yukiko has always been uneasy in the shadow of power, when she learns the awful truth of what the Shogun has done, both to her country and to her own family she’s determined to do something about it.
Returning to the city, Yukiko and Buruu plan to make the Shogun pay for his crimes – but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?