I adored book 1 which came out last year and I was super exited for book 2. It did not disappoint! Watch out though There will be book 1 spoilers in here!
If you are interesting in book 1 Trail of Lightning here is a link the it’s GoodReads page
Storm of Locusts (Sixth World #2)
by Rebecca Roanhorse
Synopsis by GoodReads
It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.
Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.
Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.
- the culture
- women saves the day (and the men)
This badass Native American (Navajo) urban fantasy/dystopian book is amazing! Mostly a female cast as the men tend to go somewhere else or stay behind due to their medical skills. Yes, there is a man at the end saving the day too, but mainly is a female-dominated power book!
This book starts off a few weeks after the end of book one. It’s obvious that Maggie and the others a still suffering from the events of book 1 and Black Mesa. But then someone offers Maggie a monster-hunting job and off she goes. On the way, she picks up more badass women, some familiar faces and some new. She made a promise at the end of book 1 to try not to kill everyone who pisses her off and she really does try in this book. Though, there are a few near misses.
The first book is very focused on only the small nearby area where Maggie lives and work but also introduces this post-apocalyptic world to the reader. It doesn’t feel small in the first book but then the second book happens and you realise just how small the first book was. This goes further and introduces us to the world beyond the Wall. It’s a fascinating world and I love it!
The writing of the world makes it feel full and rich and filled with cultural aspects. It’s got gods and magic and food and clothing specifically for the Najavo region and culture, and it fills the book with richness.
The magic is super interesting. It’s related to which clan you are related to and it’s called clan power, but you can only get the clan power if you are put in mortal danger as a child. Basically, you will have to experience childhood trauma to have abilities. I love the fact that it’s not a given and easy but that you have to suffer for it. Even though it’s a great privilege to have clan powers, there is always that dark side of how you got them. It’s super interesting. In book 1, we come to understand Maggie’s clan powers and how she got them which is … bloody! She has the ability to be super quick for one side of her family and on the other side, she has killer instincts and blood lust. A good combination for a monster hunter, a bad combination for keeping friends. In this book we meet some new people with different powers.
Maggie is the narrator of this story and she has some serious issues, but I love her! She is so emotionally dysfunctional that I love her so much! She is badass, with a soft spot she doesn’t acknowledge. At one point someone hugs her and someone else warns the huger that Maggie may melt if you hug her too hard. LOL!
My favourite side characters in this series are all the helpers aka gods. People who help her or her crew and she later figures out are gods. Even Ma’ii is a fascinating creature and fun to read about.
A little on the side.
I love Rebeccas Roanhorse writing. It’s easy to read and follow but detailed and full of cultural bits and pieces which makes the text feel full.
Love it! I can’t wait for the next book so I can read more of Maggie’s quick retorts lol
Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in Urban fantasy or dystopian novels, or interested in Native American lore.
Have you read this? What did you think?