As everyone heads out to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend, I wanted to post the new cover art for debut author Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1). It's been circulating around the blog world for a few days now, but I couldn't help but post it here as well. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the story sounds so unique and fresh, described as a Japanese steampunk novel-- I'd probably do some illegal things to get my hands on an ARC! But as they say, all good things come to those who are patient... Stormdancer hits bookshelves on September 18th, this fall. What do you think?
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A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium is verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of the imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers 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 hidden gift that 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.