Jay Kristoff profile
Jay Kristoff is the author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press & Tor UK. Part 3, will be released in September 2014. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015.
Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13520 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings
Rating 4/5 Stars
This book had me engaged from the start. Set in a dark and stifled world that is being torn apart by itself. Yukiko is like a gem of light amongst the polluted dross. She and her friend Buruu the Griffin are thrown together but respect and sacrifice create bonds that even the Shogun and others cannot break. Please may I have more?
“To be a servant can be a noble thing, but only as noble as the master served.”
Rating 5/5 Stars
Wow Jay Kristoff! The second book is even better than the first one. Well done, Sir. The Shima Imperium is in a shambles. The Lotus guild is making its play for power over the dynasty. The rebels are in a race against time to prevent it all from happening. The other clans make a grab for it all while chaos reigns. Yukiko and Buruu are trying to aid the rebels while fighting her grief and rage. The mind powers by which they communicate are growing uncontrollably. There is gore and blood here. But this is a dark, damaged place so it is understandable. These people are cruel and savage, the result of living undervalued lives in a hellhole. I was greatly moved by Jay’s characters. And I despaired for the land that is dying beneath their feet. Thanks for a great read. Bring on The Lotus War #3.
Endsinger is due out 23rd September 2014 and early reviews are already giving it 5 stars.
The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.
Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.
A FINAL BATTLE
The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.
There is nothing a mother won’t do to keep her children by her side.
by Leanne Ellis