You know there’s that book, you say you’d wait… wait to buy. Wait to read it first before you buy. Then it’s around midnight, you’re tired but can’t sleep… browsing the internet stores and what do you do? You buy a book! Well that’s me just now.
I just bought/pre-ordered Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.
A huge risk. Why? One, I’m a harsh reader. Two, I shouldn’t be making late night purchases. Three, it’s a series and I’ll have to buy the rest to keep the collection. Bah!!!! What was I thinking?!? But I wanted this book for so long! I added it to my to be read list long before it gained momentum as a “Oh my gosh! Must have now!” book the book world is making it out to be now. As a minority, I’ve been looking for great books with minorities as the main characters – not as some back up character, not the best friend, and surely not the the psuedo love interest who obviously has no chance with his/her competitor but is toted as having some chance when deep down we know the girl is going to choose the white dude.
Anyway tangent big time… I preordered/bought this book! Hopefully, it’ll live to my expectations and up to the well spoken words of the few reviews that are out.
Though you couldn’t tell, I took a pause and went and read the first three chapters…. the writing is good. You can read it here. My hopes are up.
If you have not heard about this book, get out from under that rock and hear(read) about it!
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (US)
Release Date: September 2012
Synopsis: 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?