Snow drifts in little flurries across the green grass under the thin veil of white. I can hear the crackling of wood from the fireplace. It’s been a day busy of visiting family but now I am sequestered in the warm living room at my mom’s house. My tea steams beside me and I pick up my latest reading. The sky lights with colour before failing to black. I turn the page.
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse felling onto my book reader as the recommended antidote to my doldrums with holiday books. I had downloaded a couple before going overseas and flipped through the first pages only to find they lacked a spark. A good friend suggested Trail of Lightning and I am glad she did. This book introduces the reader to Maggie Hoskie. She’s not your average girl from the rez; she’s a sharp (both mind and tongue) Dinétah hunter of monsters and things nefarious. After losing her mentor and being dragged back into the world of monsters, she teams up with Kai Arviso, a non-conventional Medicine Man, to track and kill the monsters of the land before they can take yet another child. But this hunt isn’t going to be as easy as just finding the evil in the mountains, she’s going to have to come face to face with her past and the horrors that live there.
Rebecca Roanhorse has delivered an outstanding world that is both familiar and unique. Maggie is a powerful character who deals with her past in a very relatable way.
Beware: there are scenes that can be violent and it is fantasy – realism is out the door.
This is a young adult fantasy and lives up to its high star rating on most review sites. The second book in this series, Storm of Locusts, has recently been released. I plan to review this book later in the year.
Genre: Fantasy with romantic elements
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5 sleepless nights