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She does it brilliantly. The setting of a harsh desert country beset by drought, during a time equivalent to our bronze age, is rich and well written. Neighboring counties are a threat, even when it is assistance they send rather than war. Merida is such a beneficial ambassador, sent to help a land considered primitive by her refined homeland. The plotting of a corrupt government quickly entangles Merida far from home and without aid. She has only her wits and ability to call rain to keep her somewhat safe. There are many great characters in the novel and each are unique in their failings and strengths.

The interweaving stories along with what would seem to be inconsequential details thread together to impact the ending - a feature I admire in a story and author. The twists in the plot left me surprised. I never really knew where the story would go next, which was lovely. As others have written, the novel is graphic with both torture and rape. Oddly though, I agree with others in that I think one of the few failings in the novel is that it could have been darker yet.

Most of the time, Dahoud wins over his demon with only hints of the time in his life where it had ruled. I would have loved a larger moment or at least a longer after effect of guilt when Dahoud succumbs to his inner evil. The ending to me was very believable as she changes during the course of the story, but I would have liked to hear that final epiphany from her. Lastly, I would have loved a map to visualize the world, though directions and landmarks were consistent enough that I felt familiar with the landscape and cities.

But a map to look at while reading would have enhanced my experience. I will read this novel again in the future. I am a very fast reader, so the story length was great for me it took more than a day, yeah! However, it pulled me in so tightly, I raced through it finding it hard to put down. I want to go back without that need to see what the next page or chapter holds and really enjoy the setting and story! Sep 17, Megan Strong rated it really liked it.

Storm Dancer is a dark fantasy novel, that includes such themes as: This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, or the squeamish. The majority of complaints I have read have been due to the inability of the particular reader to handle and enjoy the darker themes. So do not read this if you cannot handle the themes I have previously listed especially the rape. This is set in a fantasy world with many similarities to historical Middle Storm Dancer is a dark fantasy novel, that includes such themes as: This is set in a fantasy world with many similarities to historical Middle East or Persia.

The land in which this takes place has been suffering from draught, bringing much distress to it's inhabitants. There is also magic and demons; that are very real in this story. Dahoud, once the general known as the Black Besieger, is trying to leave his old life of rape and terror behind him. He is appointed the new Satrap of Koskara, despite his objections. Faced with rejection, betrayal, and much difficulty, Dahoud must try to fight his inner demons to protect the women around him from it's wrath.

His story is entwined with that of Merida; a young woman who is to learn a lot about lifes hardships and realities. The characters are very interesting and well developed. There are all varieties of personality. Some are obviously meant to be hated while others are meant to be liked. Then there are the main characters, who you want to like and understand but at certain points just want to run away from or shake into reality.

Dahoud has been struggling with his djinn since the age of A djinn is a demon that resides within him, fueled by his anger, causing him to rape women. This theme is a large recurring point in the story. He tries very hard to resist the things his djinn puts into his mind but cannot always resist, though I give him points for his persistance.

Merida is from a place called Riverland, where the people appear to be snobbish prudes who value social standing above all else. She views herself very highly and looks down on those she views as uncultured. Due to her sheltered upbringing in Riverland she is ill prepared for what awaits her. From beginning to end Storm Dancer is packed with detestable villains, action, intrigue, and darkness.

It shows how different people can be depending on where they come from and how they can strive or are forced to change. The writing kept me interested from beginning to end. I must admit that I had to stop myself from going to the end to relieve myself of anticipation. I wish there had been a map of this fantasy land included. This would have helped build a better idea of the layout for those who have a hard time keeping track.

Though the writing does paint a fairly clear picture so that it wouldn't be too hard to create your own. Aug 02, Lize rated it it was amazing. I was given this book to review. Having said that, it was a pleasure to read and I would recommend Storm Dancer to lovers of Dark Fantasy. Below is my full review: The book also came with a warning about the dark nature of the story and the disturbing themes running through it.

Now that the warnings are out the way, let me get to the book. The story is set in a desert country reminiscent of Ancient Arabia one finds in Arabic fables. The protagonist, Dahoud, has turned his back on his past and his nature. After an illustrious career as one of the most violent and effective war generals in the Quislaki army he returned to the life of a labourer in the hopes of atoning for his crimes.

We first meet him when he is summoned back to the Quislaki capital and ordered back into the fray. Driving his desire for violence is a Djinn that takes advantage of his dark side and goads him to ever worse deeds. The Quislaki ruler, Kirral, is possessed by a similar Djinn, but one that has not been curbed by its host.

The contrast between the two makes for some great reading. Both Merida and Dahoud are unwilling to accept their failings and they are lessened by the limitations they place on themselves. Only with complete acceptance is each able to move forward. There may be a lesson there… Storm Dancer is a wonderful tale of magic and myth woven into one. Oct 08, Kelly Smith Reviews rated it it was amazing.

I had a suggestion on Twitter to check out Rayne Hall, so I did. We conversed, and I am so glad I listened to something on the Internet, haha! Can he do that without raping or torturing again? When she arrives, however, things are not as she was told. The Queens' djinn-possessed Consort, Kirral, won't let her leave once she brings the rain: Will he save her or will the djinns take over their land? It is not a novel for the faint of heart. That being said, I can also say that it is one of the interesting novels I've read to date! Djinns are a highly underrated supernatural creature, and it was interesting to read a story about them.

The characters are all unique, with individual personalities the reader will love Other people may not see it, but I find it to be inspiring, especially Dahoud trying so hard to be a good person, and not give in to the djinn's demands. To sum it up: Oct 01, D'eBook Sharing rated it really liked it.

Being nosy, I looked up "Storm Dancer" on Amazon to see if it was worth a read. I read the sample chapter provided and decided to buy it as my attention was captured. At 42 chapters, I was looking forward to curling up on my comfy couch to read this dark fantasy tale. We are introduced to Daoud and the dark urges that his djinn tempts him with from the start of the book.

This djinn taunts Daoud on a daily basis which leave Daoud struggling to control his dark side. Daoud is summoned by the Consort and ordered to obey the Consort's demands. Given very little choice, Daoud can only do as the Consort wishes him to do. Merida hails from the Virtuous Republic of Riverland. Her people are very strict and judge people on their personal values. Merida deems herself a virtuous being and she strives to rid herself of the shame that has befallen her.

Something her mother cannot forgive her for. Follow these two very different characters through a story that will keep you interested from the first chapter right through until the last word. With dangers galore, their journey is an adventurous one to say the least. From the lowliest character to the two main stars of this book, I ranged through a majority of emotions from happiness to sadness, pride to indignation, shock to glee.

Rayne Hall's "Storm Dance" characters are characters you will either love or hate, but you will not forget them. When I first read about Merida, I found her to be the most stuck up snob I have ever read about. By the end of the book, my opinion of her had changed drastically. I found myself tsking at Daoud in some parts of the story and hailing him a hero in others. None of the characters are completely innocent, which was a refreshing change.

I wasn't overly upset or disturbed by the darkness level in the story line but it is a dark fantasy and it will disturb some readers. I would recommend this book to readers of the fantasy genre but I would also recommend it to anyone who likes romance, because there is romance in there, no matter whether it is a dark book or not. Go on, pick up a copy and read, it's a well written story with characters you will enjoy meeting.

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I have never read a book that blew me away with its world building, creativity and uniqueness. Dahoud is a monster there is no other way to put it. Possessed by what he believes is a djinn, that causes him to do evil things. When I say evil things, I mean like rape, torture, take a life. Sometimes his thoughts are far more disturbing than his actions. I felt my skin crawl a few times when Merida the beautiful rain dancer was around him, in my head I was screaming run, as we could hear his thoughts on how he wanted to rape her.

His story is sad as usual with a man like this his mother was to blame, placing that hate for women in his head, letting it festers for years and coming in contact with all the wrong women, his views strengthened at how we should be mistreated, until he wants to redeem himself and tries to hide his past and make an example of Merida, to show he could defeat the Djinn that made him do bad things. He can keep telling himself that. Anyway Merida is really interesting she is brought up in Riverland with very strict rules, or she calls them her virtues.

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But other than that she was an amazing main character. I just loved loved this story and would highly recommend it. Oct 26, A. Church rated it it was amazing. Storm Dancer is a lush, complex tale of the internal growth of two very different characters: Dahoud, a former siege commander who once reveled in the terror he imposed on his victims and is now trying to atone for those atrocities, and Merida, a judgmental magician from a very strict, structured society suddenly thrown into a world of lawless perversions. It would be hard to imagine two more opposite characters, and the journey that brings them together, both physically and philosophically, is Storm Dancer is a lush, complex tale of the internal growth of two very different characters: I must admit, not being a regular reader of epic fantasy, it took me a few chapters to get into the book.

I frequently feel off-balance by the worlds of epic and high fantasy because there is often no familiar ground on which to stand. That being said, I was drawn into the book by the richness of the world and the depth of the characters. Very often in fantasy, we see stereotypical tropes being exploited over and over—the so-called strong woman who is as non-approachable as a porcupine and the tortured heroic man who gives in too easily to either redemption or temptation.

Neither was the case here. A tale such as this requires patience to tell. It is not something to be rushed to the end with a happily-ever-after tucked on top. Here there is sublime beauty and degrading violence, hope and hopelessness. As reader, you feel your mind slow to the hypnotic rhythm of the desert world, absorbed by the richness of detail and the web of intrigue. When an author can draw your emotions so fiercely into a tale, their job has been done. There are people here to hate, people to root for, and people to feel sorry for.

Like the mesmerizing dance of the rainmaker, I was drawn in, transfixed by, and immersed in the tale, and while the journey was long and arduous, I was both sorry and elated when it came to an end. Sep 08, The rated it it was amazing. Storm Dancer is a somewhat dark epic tale of Dahoud, a man constantly stuck between good and evil.

Throughout the entire book we go on a journey with Dahoud as he fights to put his past behind him and become a better man. We watch him grow and evolve in a compelling tale of power, greed, war, love, lust, magic, demonic possession and hope. Rayne Hall spins an exotic, engaging and intriguing tale with a gifted story telling ability that easily rivals some of the most popular and well known fantasy series authors of present day.

Although some of the subject matter is fairly dark, most of those parts are not really graphic with the exception of one brief part, if I remember correctly. And even that was not frivolously done and was a necessary component to the flow of the story. In all honesty, the book description led me to believe that it would be far more graphic and dark than it actually was, in my opinion. Still not appropriate for younger audiences, however. I would, will and already have recommended Storm Dancer to others. Storm Dancer wasn't at all what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised.

It's a lot more than that. Yes, poor Dahoud is possessed by a djinn focused on the cruel sexual domination of women and he has committed horrible atrocities in the past. But the book is largely focused on his attempt to atone for those sins. He's tempted constantly, but he's also trying really really hard to be a good man. He is a Storm Dancer wasn't at all what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised. He is a seriously flawed anti-hero, and a disciplined soldier, but has to learn to recognise and discipline his subconscious too. If there is one thing Merida thinks she is, it is disciplined of the mind.

While Dahoud is straining to lash his mind down Merida is struggling to accept that maybe she needs to give hers a little more leeway. Though I have to admit I loved her obsession with symmetry. Both Merida and Dahoud find themselves mired in the mind games of a despotic ruler, international politics, war and a complete lack of interpersonal communication. These two managed to go months without speaking to one another, which only served to exacerbate their alienation of each other.

My heart went out to Dahoud over and over again, even though with his past one might question if he deserved my sympathy. All in all a well fleshed out story. It did feel like the book took a long time to get started. The two main characters don't even meet until 40 or so percent of the way through the book.

But all of the world building and political back story that is revealed is useful to know. A few threads seemed to have been left open. What happened to Tarkan for example, but I didn't really mind. The book was full of serious, dark themes but wasn't a particularly dark read.

It even had a fairly mushy ending. Defiantly glad I picked it up. May 15, Cheryl rated it really liked it. I kept reading to find out about these fascinating characters, Dahoud and Merida, and what happens to them. The story was unpredictable and largely plot-driven. The author continuously knocked them down yet the characters remained determined, making me wonder how they would get through the trials, deceptions, and betrayals.

All of the characters have their dark sides, making them antiheroes, but I kept reading to find out what happened to them because I liked them anyway Suspenseful. All of the characters have their dark sides, making them antiheroes, but I kept reading to find out what happened to them because I liked them anyway the indication of a skilled writer. The character desires and rampant sexism are certainly horrifying and dark. There was significant social commentary, about race, cultural appropriation, gender, wealth, class, family, nationalism, and rape culture.

However, the beginning is slow, and it's not immediately clear what the two characters have to do with one another; they spend very little of the book actually interacting. The blurb for this book is misleading. It implies a romantic relationship between the two main characters, which is really not the focus of this epic tale. The blurb frames it as a type of romance, but the love is anything but typical. My biggest critique is that there could have been so much more detail. The political alliances and strategic moves were not always clear. More setting descriptions would help place the reader in the story.

I so wish we could see deeper into the characters' minds and interactions and that more time was spent in the high tension scenes. Events sometimes happened too quickly and easily, without description of the consequences. Overall, these characters are fascinating, original, and I would love to see more writings where they are featured. Jan 06, Hans Cummings rated it really liked it.

I have mixed feelings about Storm Dancer. On one hand, I found it to be engaging and well-written. The Middle Eastern fantasy world is a fresh change from the typical Eurocentric fantasy so often found. I found it hard to separate some of the characters from each other and keep track of who was who, mostly because of how unfamiliar the names were with me. I also found myself wishing for a map at times. I always like to study a map of a new fantasy world, but the lack of a map doesn't detract fro I have mixed feelings about Storm Dancer. I always like to study a map of a new fantasy world, but the lack of a map doesn't detract from the story.

The author does an excellent job engaging the senses, and while the story is a little dark, I was expecting something as dark as Game of Thrones, and this can't really touch that. I got pulled in by the sample, so I was ready for it and I was actually relieved it wasn't as dark as Game of Thrones. It's not a good book to read if you have rape or torture triggers, though which I do not. Storm Dancer doesn't feature a hero, per se. Dahoud is more of an anti-hero and some readers may not be satisfied with his final end.

The female protagonist, Merida is a different case, and I found myself sympathizing more with her, though I found her change of attitude at the end to be a little forced; I didn't quite buy it. Of course, I read this through the eyes of a man living in the 21st century. I suppose I could see it in the context of the fantasy world, but it's still a stretch. It's a minor issue. I do wish I could give half-star ratings, though, because I feel like 3 stars is not good enough, but 4 stars is too generous.

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Overall, I did like it, though I can see several areas with which other readers would take issue. While the setting - a set of well defined countries vaguely resembling the medieval middle east albeit with weather magic and public executions - was totally my forte, the topic - the struggle of a serial war rapist to atone for his crimes - could easily have soured matters. However, Storm Dancer's Daoud's rise above his excuse not named, avoiding spoilers was a positive surprise.

The book does not excuse the crimes, does not go "and he's forgiven ever after", but indicates that he might have a place if better read the book and decide for yourself, please. Don't be fooled, this is a book about the effects of past war in a devastated country, about atrocities committed both - in war and under malevolent rulers, but at the same time, the author manages not to dwell on the blood or the deeds.

Despite it's topic, this book is very far from "rape porn" or whatever you'd like to classify such books. However, it's not harmless with respect to violence. In contrast to rape, torture and imprisonment practices are shown directly and, as can be expected given the setting, are not for the squeamish or faint of heart. If you can handle that, then Storm Dancer is a book that adds a unique flavor to the old lore of djinns and desert wars, with a strong set of individual female characters, a male lead you'll struggle not to like for his efforts, and suitably evil villains; all wrapped up in a nicely readable text.

A heroic fantasy set in what would appear to be the middle ages. Dahoud, a former siege commander, is sent back to his homeland to oversee the assimilation of a city racked by drought and desperation. Merida, a weather magician, joins Dahoud in a land she deems unprincipled and must decide where her future lays. As Dahoud and Merida travel through their many life lessons, joined by other colourful characters, you are drawn along for the ride through strange lands and customs with magic, deceit an A heroic fantasy set in what would appear to be the middle ages.

As Dahoud and Merida travel through their many life lessons, joined by other colourful characters, you are drawn along for the ride through strange lands and customs with magic, deceit and betrayal as side trips along the trail. They battle inner demons, corrupt officials, and try to overcome many obstacles along the way.

This novel is well written with well developed and colourful characters. The scenes are vividly described, without long drawn out narratives. Anyone who enjoys a historical fantasy, with a little romance will really enjoy this novel. Aug 11, Debbie Christiana rated it it was amazing. Dark fantasy isn't a genre I read often.

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However, after reading Storm Dancer, I may rethink that. Well written, with a strong story line, and intriguing characters, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author takes us on a fast-paced journey to a violent land filled with deception, sexual desire, and magic.

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I didn't let that come into the rating of the books at all. A book that combines steampunk aesthetics with the ancient Japanese world of the samurai- can such a thing exist? The majority of the story takes place in a polluted world, half-destroyed by the production and consumption a plant called the blood lotus. Because of this flower, the sun is scorching hot and so bright you go blind if you look at it without goggles. The air is poisonous- those of means have expensive respirators, while others get by with dirty handkerchiefs tied to their faces. The poorest succumb to blacklung- a disease that spreads through your body, eventually causing a painful death.

There are few animals left, and there are no pets- faced with starvation, their owners have been forced to use them for food. Most of the story takes place in one of two settings- the Iishi Mountains, the last wild place in all of Shima, home to demons and the dreaded Kigen, who seem intent on destroying blood lotus fields, and Kigen City, the capital of Shima and center of the Guild, a group of engineers, priests, and businessmen who oversee production of the blood lotus..

There are multiple conflicts in the story, but the strongest are nature vs. In the beginning, Shogun Yoritomo Kazumitsu, a cruel and heartless leader, commands his hunters to capture an arashitora, or thunder tiger. Masaru, the lead hunter, his daughter Yukiko, along with a sailing crew, two other hunters, and a guildsman named Kin. They hunters go off to find a griffin, flying into a dangerous storm and manage to succeed in trapping the beast.

But before long, the ship is struck by lightning, and a good deal of the crew, including Masaru, Kasumi a female friend and fellow hunter , and Akahito a brother-in-arms sort of character are forced to abandon the ship in a lifeboat while the arashitora is still in its cage.

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Yukiko jumps from the lifeboat to free the caged arashitora just as the lifeboat is freed from the side of the ship and plunges toward the forest floor. The arashitora, whom Yukiko names Buruu, becomes more than just a protector, as they make their way through a forest filled with demons and Kage, eventually meeting up with Kin, who also survived the destruction of the ship. With the help of some new friends, Yukiko, Buruu, and an injured Kin make it out of the Ishii wilds. But will they succeed? Overall, I liked this book.

One of my favorite books of all time is Shogun by James Clavell, so the samurai theme is right up my alley. The plot moves the reader quickly to the climax, which is satisfying, and I did start to connect and care for some of the characters. I think a good book should develop the characters well enough that I do care what happens to them. Some of the action scenes were also a bit jarring. The description was heavy, but abstract, so sometimes it was difficult to get a grasp on what was going on. As a result, the images- especially some of the battle scenes- floundered in my head.

Mr Kristoff said that he wrote it to make you sad and true enough it did, Jun was a great character and i loved that it was the point of view of the thunder tiger. Her POV made it all the more poignant. Feb 06, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a beautifully written story. A definite worthy prequel to the Lotus War trilogy. I really enjoyed learning how the Thunder Tigers came to play a part of things. I really enjoyed the bond of Koh and Jun. I just cant get enough of these books. I hope sometime in the future Mr. Kristoff goes back to this sometimes sad but decidedly beautiful world of his creation.

Jun 25, Britt Marczak rated it it was amazing Shelves: Seriously, this novella set before Stormdancer was absolutely lovely. Sad, tragic, but wonderful. It only made me want Kinslayer a million times more. Nov 17, Nara rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, in the author's review of this book it says "It was written to make you sad: He was too damned successful. Jan 05, Sorcered rated it liked it. A tragic japanese-flavor steampunk? The author said he doesn't believe in happy endings; he definitely doesn't write them: Oct 10, Louisa rated it it was amazing.

I loved this story, and how it connects to the main series, just so fantastic! Loved the narator, because it was so awesome! Jul 27, Tammy rated it it was amazing. Oh just stop it Jay! You are killing me. All I can say is the power of a carefully placed word should not be taken lightly Jun 25, Bibliofiendlm rated it it was amazing Shelves: What great story crafting for just pages.

I can't wait until 'Kinslayer'!!!!!! Dune Light An amazing fit into the series. I wanted to take a break from Dune to extend my reading of that series and though I would return to this one. This story works well as a prequel or as a further read in the series, but a must read either way. Apr 18, Raquel rated it it was amazing. A beautiful and terribly sad novella. A great addition to the Lotus War story.

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Feb 26, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: This novella was absolutely stunning and heart wrenching. Perfect backstory to The Lotus Wars and sets the stage in ways I was not anticipating going into this story. Jul 09, Joanne rated it it was amazing. Fact is, the problems of the now have causes. The kingdom of Shima is being suffocated.

Its sacred animals have either faded into extinction or moved on.

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The greedy, the misguided, blind fools rule the kingdom while the weak are kept underfoot. Yukiko and Buruu with the help of the History teaches us. How did the world of Shima go to hell in a stinking chi basket? This novella is a page turner. Great action scenes, well paced, crisp dialogue. If you thought the high-flying action with a soaring Buruu was awesome then multiply that by a thousand… a thousand thunder tigers versus airships and steampunk samurai!

More than that, the narrative, though short, is beautifully written. The descriptions of the high mountains, the fresh air blanketed by roaring storm clouds are breathtaking. The novella is written from the POV of Koh, a female thunder tiger. Koh is not the only memorable character. Like Koh, Ami and Juun have so much hope and courage it lifts the soul of the reader while reading about their adventure.

And trust me, there is much sobbing. The story is emotional, full of highs and lows in the right places… even when the right places are not where we want Kristoff to take us. Our own history is filled with blood and tears, wars, death. I had every intention of reading The Last Stormdancer before Endsinger, but, as is often the case with my reading plans, that did not happen. Kristoff enhances the world building from the series with this slim novella. Now I finally know how society got to that point and let the Lotus Guild take over.

The interests of The Last Stormdancer are more political than character-based. The cast of characters includes two brothers, sons of the Shogun, Riku and Tatsuya. The two brothers are twins, much alike in appearance but very different in personality. The brothers then go to war for the shogunate, with the Lotus Guild whispering offers in their ears.

The stormdancer of the story, Jun, is very much an exercise in dramatic irony and the tragedy of prophecy. His grandmother foretold that a stormdancer from the Kitsune clan would save the world; he assumes that he is that stormdancer. The audience knows this not to be the case from the existence of the series.

He is so determined and convinced of his own safety. Kristoff excels at writing really uplifting tales. This really complemented the events in Endsinger, which has a much stronger focus on arashitora politics. It is here that the arashitora policies are decided that impact the plot in the series. I really loved seeing how they turned away from mankind and evolved.

Also, Koh, a female arashitora, is the narrator of the novella, which made for a fun change. The only thing I wish is that the other arashitora had listened to her more. She knew what was up. She argued for female arashitora having the same rights as males, but they pretty much ignored her. Also, if you want to be sad. Jun 26, Carina Olsen rated it it was amazing.

This novella was evil.

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I loved every word of it. Though my heart might be a little bit broken. I want to start by saying that Jay Kristoff is awesome. He writes amazing books. Though they play with my heart. Which is highly unfair.