Series: The Lotus War #0.6
Published by Thomas Dunne Books (9.27.2013)
Genres: Dystopian, High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, 125 pages
Source: I own it
Your blood-red skies are filled with smoke. Your bleach-white histories with lies. You walk sleeping. Wake senseless. Breathing deep of toxic blooms and forgetting all that has gone before.
But I remember.
I remember when two brothers waged bloody war over the right to sit in their father’s empty chair. I remember when orphaned twins faced each other across a field of crimson and steel, the fate of the Shima Shōgunate hanging in the poisoned sky between them.
I remember when a blind boy stood before a court of storms and talons, armed only with a thin sword and a muttered prophecy and a desperate dream of saving the world.
I remember when the skies above Shima were not red, but blue. Filled with thunder tigers.
I remember when they left you.
And I remember why.
Let me tell you, monkey-child.
OH MY GOD JAY WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BREAK MY HEART?!
I should have known this would end in tears. IT ALWAYS DOES. *sigh*
I’m not usually a fan of novellas because most of the time they only tell a more detailed story of what you already know. But I loooved this one! I freaking love the arashitoras, and reading in the POV of one of them again was like having a little piece of Buruu back. (I MISS BURUU. *cries*)
I absolutely loved Koh! She wasn’t sarcastic like Buruu was, but I loved her just the same. I loved seeing their world again, and seeing a stormdancer in action. I loved the interactions between Jun and Koh, and how she sees him with disdain in the beginning and slowly softens toward him, eventually coming to care about him. It was interesting to see the birth of the world as it is in the series.
The ending KILLED me. I mean, pretty much knew it was going to end something like that, but it sucked! View Spoiler »It kills me that Koh wasn’t there when they killed Jun. KILLS ME. « Hide SpoilerView Spoiler »Also IT’S YUKIKO’S GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER OMG OMG. The ending gave me goosebumps!!! « Hide Spoiler
Writing style: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5
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