Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning

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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
ISBN: 9781534413498 hardcover
1534413499 hardcover
9781534413504 paperback
1534413502 paperback
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Branch Call Number: FIC ROANHORSE
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 24 cm


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On this episode of The Desk Set, we dig into two 10 to Try categories: Books by Native American Authors and Biography and Memoir. We chat with Hugo-Award winning author Rebecca Roanhorse about her Navajo-inspired urban fantasy Trail of Lightning and her award-winning short story, "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™". We also sit down with Seattlite and memoirist Litsa Dremousis to… (more)

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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... Read More »

A cataclysmic flood drowns most of the world. Navajo gods and monsters return. Maggie Hoskie is a supernaturally gifted Dinétah monster hunter. This strong, conflicted hero investigates disappearances in a gripping plot full of Mad Max-style action.

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 03, 2019

I really enjoyed this post-apocolyptic fantasy/horror featuring characters from Native American lore. Looking forward to reading the sequel.

RomanceAddict Jul 25, 2019

Review excerpt: "'Trail of Lightning' was preordered around two months in advance and I would have waited triple that amount for this book if I had to. It’s steeped in Native American (namely Navajo) mythology, badassery, and lots and lots of violence. If you’re sensitive to graphic, gritty details, this book is not for you."

multcolib_lauralw Jul 15, 2019

Great urban fantasy monster slaying thriller. Kevin Hearne and Neil Gaiman fans might enjoy the appearance of Navajo gods- I know I did!

Jul 07, 2019

Damn this book was fun.

Post-apocalyptic monster hunting with Navajo myth? SIGN ME UP.

Jul 06, 2019

As a science fiction fan, as well as post apocalyptic, and having cut my teeth on Tony Hillerman's Navajo based mysteries, I thought that this would be right up my alley. But it turned out to be more fantasy than science fiction, and post apocalyptic was mostly just a backdrop for the story. I was familiar with the Dinetah legends, and having them be real didn't work for me. It was well written, and the main characters were interesting but mythology, whether Greek, Roman, Norse, or Dine, does not work for me, and making the gods real doesn't help.

laurendouglass Jun 17, 2019

There is so much to love in this book. A strong, complex Native American female protagonist. A detailed rendering of a post-apocalyptic North America. A rich weaving of native culture into a future dystopia. A love story with no good, easy choices. And lots and lots of killing monsters. A very good, fast read, and hopefully, Book 2 will arrive very soon.

SPL_Melanie Jun 03, 2019

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May 21, 2019

Solid characters. Well paced. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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.

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SPL_Melanie Jun 03, 2019

The Sixth World series is getting better with each volume! Book Two, Storm of Locusts, has just been released, following up on 2017’s Trail of Lightning. This apocalyptic dark fantasy is written by an Indigenous woman from the States, and features a world in which cataclysmic climate change has altered the shape of the world. Most of the coastal areas are gone, and what’s left has reverted to chaotic rule.

Meanwhile, Dinétah (or the former Navajo reservation) has been saved by the wall that was built around it in the old days as a racist measure; it kept out the floods and Dinétah is a relatively safe place. Except for the resurgence of the old gods and monsters of Navajo legend.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. She’s been trained in violent techniques that aim to rid the people of these cannibalistic, terrifying monsters. And along the way she meets and fights and is mentored by varied demigods. While she searches for the victims of different attacks, she’s also dealing with betrayals in her personal life, and the appearance of a potential new relationship.

In book one Maggie forms new alliances with fellow Dinétah residents and faces down her previous mentor, now an adversary. At the end of that story we’re left wondering if Maggie did the right thing in a final showdown. And in book two, we find out.

This time around Maggie has to face the world outside the wall – some of her new friends have been drawn away by a mysterious cult leader, and with her actual job being to track down gods and monsters she must investigate. In this fast-paced story, Roanhorse draws an even more detailed view of the Sixth World from both inside and outside of Dinétah, and it makes for exciting, complex storytelling.

If you are ready for something fresh, thrilling, and imaginative, full of Indigenous characters and social commentary, albeit with a hefty dose of violent action and some sexual content, this is a fantastic new series. Those who’ve enjoyed other dark urban fantasy such as Eden Robinson’s Trickster series are sure to find this series an appealing read.


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