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Waiting on Wednesday: Stormdancer

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Stormdancer
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War (#1)
Release Date: 1 September 2012

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers 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 Shima's 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

I've had my eye on this since Jay swung by for Debut December. It sounds absolutely bad-ass, and I love the sword on the cover - gorgeous!

The phrase "clockwork industrialization" may have been what won me over within the first line on the summary. That sounds like a very interesting world that I must definitley want to read about.

What do you think? Hmmmm?

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