Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning

Book - 2018 | First Saga Press hardcover edition.
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"While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive."
Publisher: New York, New York : Saga Press, [2018]
Edition: First Saga Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781534413498
Branch Call Number: FIC ROANHOR
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 24 cm.


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Speculative Fiction

Dystopian future centered on the protected Navajo nation with a tough as nails heroine. Navajo mores, myths and demons, no white guy "faeries" need apply in this thriller of a story.

Navajo-based, post-apocalyptic thrill ride featuring a monster-hunting heroine. Bet you haven't read that one before! First in what we can only hope is a long series. Suggested by Denise D.

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Loved it, loved it, loved it! Roanhorse introduces readers to a world most of us have no clue about. A world of unknown gods and creatures we've never encountered. It's nice a fresh face in the world of sci-fi/ urban fantasy. Great book!

Apr 02, 2019

On my for later list because skygiants says "I enjoyed Rebecca Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning very much and I would like to give especial kudos to the cover artist, because you take one look at the cover and you're like "okay, so what ARE the key genre factors about this book's protagonist? Well, I can tell right off that she has Cool Weapons and a Black Leather Jacket and a Car, all of which signify that she's probably a loner with an amazing powerset and a tragic backstory and a chip on her shoulder and, like, a lot of time spent fighting supernatural creatures in low-settled areas and then driving angstily off because Does She Bring the Darkness or Does the Darkness Bring Her --" And, yes, one hundred percent that's the kind of book this is, perfectly executed example of the genre, well done to both Rebecca Roanhorse and whoever designed the book. The book takes place in post-apocalyptic Dinétah, traditional lands of the Navajo people; the worldbuilding runs on a mix of Diné lore and post-apocalyptic Americana all bound together with some good old urban-road-fantasy Cars And Black Leather Jackets tropey grease....super readable and I'll happily continue with the next one.

Mar 19, 2019

Nominated for Nebula Awards 2019

Mar 16, 2019

Roanhorse know what she's doing - confidently putting her hero (heroine) through her paces. The post-apocalyptic love child of Tony Hillerman and Jim Butcher, our story has magic and fighting and monsters and Diné flavor, maybe even a little romance.

Bold comic-book-style archetypes or cliched tropes... there's the rub. If it feels like the former, you're gonna like this Southwest adventure. If the latter, put it down and walk away. Nothing here surprises; it's all in the telling. Which Roanhorse knows. She references Hercules, and this *is* a story that's been written since 700 b.c. and told before that. But it's all in the telling, and Roanhorse knows what she's doing. I give it 4 stars.

Jan 01, 2019

OHHHH I loved this book.
It was made all the more intense once my professor brought up some dark themes to look for as the story went on <spoiler> specifically the theme of loss of control, rape, and victim blaming, which made this story all the more profound and heart-wrenching </spoiler> but it was so good. The characterization and development was great, the plot kept me engaged, and it felt like a pleasure read that was also naturally able to lead right into in-depth discussions. I loved it and am just so excited for the next book, I just LOVE Maggie.

Jan 01, 2019

I read this for the "A Speed Read" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I was really impressed by this story. I enjoyed the characters and the mythology and legends, I look forward to the rest of the series.

Dec 07, 2018

This was a great start to a new series. Maggie is a fabulous heroine and the world that Roanhorse has created is terrifying, complex, fantastical, and just the right amount of believable. Urban fantasy fans will find a lot to love here.

KateHillier Nov 19, 2018

This book was awesome and I am so pumped that it is going to be a series. I would also love to see this as TV show too. Maggie is an awesome heroine, a character type we really usually only see in a male character, and is so complex and shut off from any idea of belonging or real permanent friendship. Kai is an awesome, slick talking, sweetheart with his own secrets that match Maggie's powers. The dystopia they live in and the monsters and gods they interact with are perspectives that you likely haven't read before. I blazed through this and I bet you will too

JessicaGma Oct 12, 2018

A really great story with a Dine heroine set in a post-flood future. I loved all the characters and it sets up the series brilliantly for more adventures. I can't wait!!

Oct 05, 2018

I loved all the characters in this book, the mythos and lore that makes up the world, and the way in which Roanhorse shaped it into a diverse array of clan groups, characteristics, and supernatural abilities. A richly imagined landscape that I can't wait to return to in the sequel.

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