- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (September 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250001404
- ASIN: B00C80XYFI
Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he'd rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.
Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun's crimes, both against her country and her family.
Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?
When I read STORMDANCER, I wasn't reading the words, I was in the story together with the characters, the words are just a blur, I felt the story and that is more than enough for me to consider this book as one of the best, fantasy-steampunk I've ever read- I guess that's what matters.
The story ends with a cliffhanger—that will truly want you to grab the next book just to continue where you left off. I can't wait to read Kinslayer, the next book in the series.
STORMDANCER is very intense, unique, enthralling and riveting. It's one of a kind story that features friendship that surpasses beliefs and prejudices. It's definitely a book I would highly recommend!