RELEASE DATE: June 26th 2018
AUTHOR: Rebecca Roanhorse
GENRE: New-Adult, Urban-Fantasy, Supernatural, Dystopia, Mythology.
PUBLISHER: Saga Press
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.
Welcome to the Sixth World.
This book was incredibly unique and very interesting. When I first heard about it, I was quite excited to read it because there’s not many books that’re based on Native American mythologies and also look at that cover, it looks stunning. The premise sounds promising, so I couldn’t resist myself from picking it up. Trial of Lightning represents Navajo myths and legends. I’m not familiar with any of their myths and it was very refreshing to read about a whole new world, culture, and magic. I quite enjoyed reading this book. It was a perfect mix of urban fantasy and sci-fi. The characters were intriguing, the world building was fascinating, and the plot was interesting. For a debut, it was a pretty good read. However, it wasn’t a total perfection and it had some flaws that made me not giving it a five star.
The story takes place after the Big Water, a catastrophic flood that drowned most of the world and re-awakened the magic of Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation). Now the lands of Navajo is roamed by gods and monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter. She was gifted with a deadly ability and because of her clan power, she’s an outcast among her own people. She used to be an apprentice to the Legendary hero/monster slayer Neizghání. A year ago Neizghání has left her without a word. She worked as a monster slayer to pay for her living for a while, but later she quit hunting monsters. In a village, when a young girl was kidnapped by a monster, Maggie was their only hope so they begs for her help. When Maggie goes to search for the girl, she encounters a new kind of monster that terrifies her. To find more answers about this unknown monster, Maggie reluctantly enlists with 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.
Maggie Hoskie is a kickass character. She was strong yet Vulnerable. I really enjoyed her character in this book because I like flawed main characters, they’re more relatable and authentic. I liked Kai Arviso. He is pretty fun, and smart guy. His clan power is healing but he’s been harboring many secrets. I enjoyed the relationship between him and Maggie, and how they worked together as a team. I loved Coyote, Maggie’s frenemy. He is a notorious trickster who likes making deals but he cannot be trusted. He’s pretty fun, clever, and cunning god. He always stole the spotlight every time he made a sudden appearance. The Goodacre Twins Clive and Grace are really nice addition to the plot but there characters aren’t fleshed out well enough. I hope we get to know more about them in the next book. There is a light romance in the book but it isn’t the central focus of the book.
The plot was interesting but it took some time for me to get into the story because I wasn’t familiar with the native american tribes and myths. The story might seem confusing and hard to understand at the beginning, but trust me it’ll get easier as the story progresses. The pacing overall was good but there are some parts which felt pretty slow to me. I loved the action. I wish there was more kickass scenes in this book. I hope we get more action in the next book. I’m a little bit disappointed with the plot twist at the end because it was quite predictable, but I’m still excited to know what happens next. This is a bit dark read filled with gore, violence, abuse, and death. If you’re uncomfortable with those things then skip this book. The writing was pretty good and easy to understand. The book was told in Maggie’s first person pov. The world building and the magical system was simply superb. It’s a perfect dystopian setting which also has magic, monsters, and gods.
Overall, I really liked this book! If it wasn’t a debut read, I would’ve given this a 3.5 stars. Nonetheless, It’s a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to read the next book.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves to read Urban fantasy. It isn’t actually a YA read, but it is also suitable for Young readers who’re above 14+.
MY RATING:[4/5 Stars]