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September 13, 2012

Blog Tour: Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff – Review, Interview, and G1veaway

Hello again you awesome readers, you!
Welcome to my stop for the Official Blog Tour for

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff

presented by St. Martin’s Press

Apart from our review of the book, today we are sooooooo excited to have Jay stop by with a little Q & A of his top favorite things!

ANNNNNND  It’s the UK publication day today!  
*Cheer* *Throws Confetti*
Also be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

But first, a little something about this amazing book!

A DYING LAND 
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff
UK Publication Date:   September 13, 2012
US Publication Date:  September 18, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press

This trailer/vid is seriously freakin’ hilarious and AWESOME!
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** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion ** 

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff was a book unlike no other.  The pictures that danced in my mind as I was reading were unforgettable, with equally unforgettable characters.  Japanese Steampunk!  For all you Steampunk fans, you seriously need to grab this book.  You will devour it and yearn for more.

Stormdancer follows main protagonist Yukiko, daughter of Masaru the Black Fox, Head hunter to the Shogun ,who lives in a world where the Shogun rules everything, and where wealth comes from the harvesting of the Blood Lotus to power their steam run inventions, and to sell as a drug to get high, leaving their sky’s a poisonous blood red.  Where the ruler, Yoritomo,  rules with an iron fist, and kills any and all that get in his path.

Yukiko’s father has been tasked to hunt the skies for a beast that has long since been extinct, and exists now only in dreams.  Yukiko, with her father and crew, battle the stormy weather in search of an arashitora – a stormtiger that was once ridden by the most decorated and respected warriors, the Stormdancers.  When all seems like a task that is will never be completed, the crew chances upon an arashitora flying majestically in the storm clouds.  Battling weather and beast, the crew manages to snag this mythical creature, only to have their ship going down in flames, thanks to the weather?  Or perhaps the gods themselves seek vengeance…

Yukiko finds herself stranded in the remote wilderness with no one but the company of a rather pissed off arashitora, whom she lovingly names Buruu.  After Yukiko’s father had hacked off Buruu’s wing feathers to prevent him from flying, Buruu is stuck on the ground with Yukiko, rather than up in the sky where he can fly home.  The two must learn to work together to survive the evil spirit ridden wilderness, and rise up together to save her homeland from the heartless Shogun.

I. Loved. This. Book.  It was such an amazing adventure that completely took my breath away all thanks to the creative genius that is Jay Kristoff.  The images that were brought to mind after every single page was one of beauty, loss, courage, and hope.  The world created by Mr. Kristoff was one that I would love visit over and over again…not because I fancy myself to be slowly killed by toxic fumes of the Blood Lotus, but because I wanted to keep reading on about Yukiko and Buruu, a dynamic duo that will remain with me.

The interaction between Yukiko and Buruu (thanks to Yukiko’s special gift of being able to communicate with animals using her mind) is one that I loved to read.  The way in which they had to learn to work together and the building of their relationship was such a wonderful journey to have been able to read.  I found myself literally laughing out loud during their many conversations!  My favorite conversation between the two is when Buruu is telling Yukiko that she is talking too much to Kin, an Artificer that works for Yoritomo, and is ademanding her to talk to him, to which Yukiko tells him that he is jealous.

Not only was there much laughter for me in this book, but there were also different parts that completely took my breath away and broke my heart.   Puppy!  *sad face*  I loved how Mr. Kristoff incorporated Yukiko’s gift to speak with animals into the story so that we are able to hear what the animal is thinking.  It made me smile to know how happy their dog, Buruu (the first) was with Yukiko and her brother, because really…dogs are happy about just about everything!  To be able to “hear” the dog say I love you, and that he considers them his family.  So very touching!  BUT with the happy … comes the sad.  You must read this book!  Your heart strings will be pulled, my friends.

Believe the hype people…BELIEVE IT!  Stormdancer was an incredible read that ended way too soon.  I need the next book ASAP!  I’m not ready to leave the world of Yukiko and Buruu yet.  Trust me friends…grab a copy, fall in love with the characters, and yearn for the next installment with me!

 If you follow Jay on Twitter, you already know just how funny he is!
His answers in this quick Q & A will give you an idea of his hilarity! 

Top Favorite Things With Jay Kristoff 

 

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

My dog.
My books – As in, the first editions and ARCs of Stormdancer sitting on my shelf. Precioussssss.
My pants – I assume if I was home alone, I’d be pantsless.

 

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

Stephen King – He was the first author I was every really a “fan” of. I’ve been reading his stuff since I was ten.
William Gibson – Everything he writes has this concrete-grey menace that I love.
China Mieville – Not many people can paint with words.

 

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

Red Bull – It keeps me awake and coffee tastes like cancer
Chocolate – Sugar haaaiiiiiii
I don’t have a third – Red bull and chocolate are literally the only foodstuffs I consume when writing 0_o

 

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

The Death of Boromir in Fellowship of the Ring – still makes me tear up, every time
“I am your father” The Empire Strikes Back – because this is how it made me feel. (This cracked me up, btw)
Pretty much all of Fight Club.

 

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

The Hobbit – I know it’s kinda cool to beat on Tolkien nowadays, but this was the first fantasy book I ever read. Up until then, I didn’t know there were books for kids like me.
Neuromancer – Because there’s rhythm on every page, rules broken everywhere, sentences laying like broken glass over the ground. And it’s beautiful.
Twilight – Because I figured if people would read crap like that, they’d probably read my crap too :)

There you have it folks!  Thanks so much for stopping by Jay!

About The Author:

Jay Kristoff grew up in the most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience, although he’s been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. He spent most of his formative years locked in his bedroom with piles of books, or gathered around dimly-lit tables rolling polyhedral dice. Being the holder of an Arts degree, he has no education to speak of.

Jay’s debut novel, STORMDANCER, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy, will be published by Thomas Dunne/St Martin’s Press, Tor UK & PanMacMillan in September 2012 as the first installment of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13870 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

Connect with Jay:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Available for Purchase/Pre-Order:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

The Book Depository

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You can find them all HERE

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43 Comments

  1. Molly Kawaguchi
    9/13/2012

    I am sold on this book over and over again. Twilight comment sealed the deal. I want to be friends with Mr. Kristoff. Can’t wait to read this!
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  2. Melissa Railey
    9/13/2012

    I love novels with kick butt heroines. I love steampunk and fantasy. Plus, the cover totally rocks.
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  3. Nora-Adrienne
    9/13/2012

    I’m just a sucker for anything with Steampunk in it. An island setting with people fighting the advance and destruction of their culture is also a great story.
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  4. Sami T.
    9/13/2012

    I have been reading a lot about this book lately! And Japanese steampunk… WOW! The story seems so intriguing! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Stormdancer! ^_^

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  5. “Twilight – Because I figured if people would read crap like that, they’d probably read my crap too :)”

    Hahaha, that made me laugh out loud. Wonderful review and fantastic interview, thanks for sharing! :D
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  6. Martha
    9/13/2012

    Of course!
    I’ve read so many raving reviews that I’m anxious to read it for myself.
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  7. Kelly
    9/13/2012

    I love the martial arts! I love the fact she can talk to the animals! And I love to laugh!

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  8. Jenn@OwlReadIt
    9/13/2012

    This book sounds so awesome! Also, after watching the book trailer I have to read it. Too funny!

    Great interview!
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  9. Natasha
    9/13/2012

    I think it sounds really good and I have heard great things about it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Vivien
    9/13/2012

    I have a fascination with the martial arts. I always wished I could do it myself. Sounds like a great red!

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  11. Jenn
    9/13/2012

    It has Griffins and ninjas…nuff said!

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  12. Stephanie T.
    9/13/2012

    2 words. Japanese Steampunk. I love Japanese culture, and honestly I was wondering when someone would write something based on Japan. The cover is beautiful too.

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  13. kimbacaffeinate
    9/13/2012

    The interaction between Yukiko and Buruu and the world building you described have me wanting to read this.
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  14. Katrina
    9/13/2012

    I sols on the cover. I know we’re not supposed to judge books based on covers but how can’t i with awesomeness such as that? Damn, and the Japanese elements? Can’t wait to read this :)

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  15. Grace Lo
    9/13/2012

    I’ve heard a ton of raving reviews about Stormdancer, and so far haven’t read much books based on an Asian country and culture. I remember one blogger saying something along the lines of “Stormdancer is a mishmash of a ton of genres: dystopia, fantasy, steampunk” and that just made me want to read it even more!
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  16. Michelle L.
    9/13/2012

    I read an eARC provided from the publisher via Netgalley and I loved it. It would be awesome to have a finished copy for my shelf!

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  17. Michelle Bledsoe
    9/13/2012

    A few weeks ago I saw the cover of this book, read the blurb and thought”my daughter would love this…” You see she is into YA and steampunk and Mangas(I know that has nothing to do with the other two). She has always been fascinated by the Japanese culture. So I am interested in the book for not just her but myself, because of the setting….
    Now that I am through rambling, I wanted to tell Jay that I love his little bio that is included here…
    Michelle
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  18. Zara Alexis
    9/13/2012

    There’s a blood red sky and animal spirits, plus a kick-butt main character! What’s not to love? Aside from that I find the author, Jay Kristoff, just hilarious!! Thanks for this giveaway! This is a book I’d really love to win!
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  19. Tim
    9/13/2012

    Swords and steampunk. Do I need more reason? Thanks for the giveaway!
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  20. Angie
    9/13/2012

    There has been so much positive reviews of it, I just need to read this ASAP!

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  21. Reeka
    9/13/2012

    I want to read Stormdancer for 3 very important reasons: Steampunk..JAPAN..GRIFFIN..need I say more? I can’t wait!
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  22. Kitty
    9/14/2012

    Because everything I read about it sounds freaking awesome, and the comment about Twilight.

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  23. Maidenveil
    9/14/2012

    It sounds very interesting, and steampunk in Japan! Let’s get it on!
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  24. Holly B
    9/14/2012

    Ahhh, I want to read this sooo badly! Of course there are LOTS of people who do :) I am a big fan of books with really kick-ass heroines – we need more of them! I also love fantasy and greatly enjoy steampunk too. And Japanese-inspired fiction (as well as things – paintings, furniture, etc.). All in all, it sounds right up my alley!

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  25. Angy
    9/14/2012

    I want to read stormdancer because it just seems so interesting. I love stories with fantasy, japanese inspired history, clans, that type of tone I guess. And from what I hear it sounds like a really great book and I’d love to read it !

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  26. Michelle Sedeño
    9/15/2012

    I’ve been looking for an epic read before the year ends–and I’m hoping this would be the one!
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  27. shawnyj
    9/15/2012

    I’m in a Steampunk phase at the moment, might as well run with it.

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  28. nrlymrtl
    9/15/2012

    I want to read Stormdancer because Kristoff has great top 3 choices, such as chocolate and Tolkien.
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  29. surb
    9/16/2012

    I really want to read Stormdancer, because Jay is hilarious. I have read numerous interviews with him and he makes me laugh every time.

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  30. Sheena-kay Graham
    9/17/2012

    I really want Stormdancer because I believe this book will be amazing. And just about everything online about it and the author has been great.
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  31. Jaime Lester
    9/17/2012

    Because of several reasons. One being that it just sounds flippin awesome and kick arse! Two, Jay Kristoff is such a funny dude, I love his interviews, so I have no doubt that I will love his book. And three, have you seen the trailer for the book? Best. EVER! I rewatch it every time I come across it and laugh my butt off every single time. Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome book by that awesome author!

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  32. Valeria Andrea
    9/18/2012

    Why NOT? It looks so read-able!
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  33. Lindy Gomez
    9/19/2012

    I want to read this book because the synopsis sounds amazing, most of the book blogs that I follow have given it rave reviews, and it is unique and unlike any other book that I’ve heard of!

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  34. Sabrena
    9/19/2012

    Two words: Japanese steampunk.

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  35. G. Donald Cribbs
    9/21/2012

    I’m in luerve with this book, and want to make sweet, sweet read with it. Don’t judge me! Also, this blog post pretty much sums up all of my hardcore love for STORMDANCER: http://gdonaldcribbsbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/raiders-of-last-arc-official-entry-for.html (I did not win the ARC, fyi, hence my entry here)
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  36. G. Donald Cribbs
    9/21/2012

    I must haz the preciousssss. I’m not beneath begging.
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  37. Nicky Ball
    9/22/2012

    I want to read Stormdancer in order to recommend it to my high school English students.

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  38. Samantha D
    9/22/2012

    Bc I love anything to do with Martial arts! Im a first degree black belt! XD

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  39. Christina T
    9/24/2012

    Japanese Steampunk and I love books set during the Shogante Era in Japan mostly because of Inuyasha!

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  40. Daphne
    9/24/2012

    I love steampunk I love learning about other cultures

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  41. Nicole Torres
    9/24/2012

    Ever since I saw this cover weeks ago, I was hooked! After I read what it was about, I knew I had to read it. It’s just a book that is so unique and different, one that I’m dying to dive into! I can’t wait :)

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  42. Lisa Marie Vazquezanzua
    9/24/2012

    I want to read it because it sounds sooo good!! I have been hearing about “Stormdancer” everywhere. Everywhere I go I see this book. I cannot wait to read it!! Good luck to me! And good luck to you all!!

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  43. sam baskin
    9/24/2012

    I want to read Stormdancer because almost every author who I love has said this books is the bees knees and helped endorse it, so it must be awesome.
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