How many times have I heard someone say 'Steampunk is dead'? A lot. But it seems to be alive and kicking on our list, we have the 'Queen of Steampunk' Cherie Priest, Adrian Tchaikovsky has aspects of steampunk technology and, of course, we have Eastern-flavoured steampunk with Australian author Jay Kristoff.
His debut novel, Stormdancer about the indomitable Yukiko and her battle against a corrupt Emperor with the reluctant aid of a Thunder Tiger, was published last year to rave reviews, just a few of which are here:
'What's that? You say you've got a Japanese Steampunk novel with mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female protagonist? I'm afraid I missed everything you said after "Japanese Steampunk." That's all I really needed to hear' Patrick Rothfuss
'Jay Kristoff's Yukiko and her indomitable thunder tiger's entertaining adventures have just sent steampunk gloriously Asian' Stephen Hunt
'Stormdancer is an intoxicating joyride into steampunklandia with a magical dose of mythology, the supernatural, violence, dystopian themes, and a top-notch brassy heroine who rivals Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games. Yes, I did say that! . . . The debut novel brings a new twist to steampunk and dystopian fiction that leaves readers clamoring for more' Huffington Post
'Stormdancer is quickly becoming a legend in its own right, the reality of reading it is truly worth experiencing’ www.literaryescapism.com
The paperback of Stormdancer is being published in June this year. And the next novel Kinslayer will be hot on its heels being published in September.
A SHATTERED EMPIRE
The corrupt Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously - by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.
A DARK LEGACY
Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized.
A GATHERING STORM
Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.
The ghosts of a blood-stained past.
As always, there are a few tweaks still to be made, but here's the next cover in Jay's Lotus Wars series for your enjoyment!
Hope you like it as much as we do!!!