1. Look at this COVER!
2. Author tweeted: "telepathic samurai girls & griffins in steampunk feudal Japan."
STORMDANCER is the first novel in THE LOTUS WAR; a fantasy trilogy set in a Japanese-inspired steampunk dystopia. Here’s the official elevator pitch:
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 QUESTThe 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 GIRLYukiko 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.

4. Read Jay Kristoff's Blog http://misterkristoff.wordpress.com (Good stuff!)

Just in case you need me to elaborate further:

1 thru 4 equals WOW my peeps! Mister Jay Kristoff can definitely write.  ;-)


  1. So many people are talking about this book. I CAN'T WAIT for it to come out. It sounds amazing

    1. I know! I tried out for an ARC. Not sure I'll get one but here's hoping lady luck is on my side. The more I read the author's blog the more impressed I am. I'm hoping that same spirit translates into his books.